Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference 2016

Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference 2016
Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference 2016
Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference 2016

Welcome to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Campus

The 5th Annual SCM Directors’ Conference
March 23-25, 2016

No Registration Fee

  • Are you responsible for developing and managing supply chain programs?
  • Are you experiencing difficulties in recruiting new particularly, domestic students?
  • Are you in the process of developing an STEM program or enhancing your supply chain curriculum?
  • Would you like to build quality relationships with industries to market your programs?
  • Would you like to improve your internship outcomes or the overall ranking of your SCM programs?

If you experience these issues, then you are not alone. The conference hosted by MIT (the Center for Transportation & Logistics), and Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas bring a unique colloquium specific to program directors, assistant/associate deans and center managers who are involved in developing and managing different aspects of supply chain management programs and curriculum.

This conference is a premier colloquium for designing, developing, and even reinventing SCM programs. We plan to encourage thought-provoking conversations, debates on the several issues confronting us, and discussions of emerging ideas to promote program success at every level from the classroom through the dean’s suite.

Interested in Being a Speaker or Serving on a Faculty Panel?

Experts from various universities will provide insights and share innovative techniques. If you are interested in sharing your experiences as a speaker or panelist, please send an email to Roberto Perez-Franco. The agenda may include:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Online Program Development
  • Developing STEM Program
  • Program Assessment (AACSB)
  • Methods to Grow Domestic Enrollment
  • University and Industry Rankings
  • Building Marketable Certificate Programs
  • Building Industry Relationships
  • Organizing Committee
  • Message from MIT
  • Conference Agenda
  • Places to Visit
  • Travel and Hotel

If there are topics you would like to see on the program, please let us know and we would be happy to add it to the program agenda.

Roberto Perez-Franco

Roberto Perez-Franco
Conference Chair
Director, Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (GCLOG)

(617) 253-7036

Shawn Alborz

Shawn Alborz, PhD
Conference Co-Chair, UT Dallas
Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs

(972) 883-6455

Athena Alimirzaei

Athena Alimirzaei, PhD
Conference Co-Chair, UT Dallas
Director, MS SCM Program

(972) 883-5901

Welcome to the Fifth SCM Directors’ Conference at MIT!

Yossi Sheffi

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the MIT, the Center for Transportation & Logistics and The UT Dallas, Jindal School of Management, I would like to welcome you to the Fifth Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference.

This unique conference is specific to SCM program directors, assistant or associate deans, and center directors who are involved in developing and managing different aspects of supply chain programs and curriculum. The goals are to generate new ideas, answer challenges and exchange solutions. It is a pleasure to host this event, and I hope that your conference experiences will prove useful and meaningful for years to come.

Your conference co-chairs, Dr Roberto Perez-Franco (MIT) and Associate Dean, Dr Shawn Alborz (UT Dallas) have developed an agenda that is sure to generate a productive conversation and encourage the progress of your own programs. You will hear from program directors at different universities that have been involved in developing and marketing supply chain programs.

This is an exciting time at MIT CTL. We are expanding our network of centers dedicated to education, research and outreach in SCM and logistics, which we call the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network. We are also spearheading a new MIT initiative, the MicroMasters, a new academic credential for the challenges of a faster, more globalized world. It will be our pleasure to share with you details and insights about these and other initiatives currently ongoing at MIT CTL.

The schedule also includes sessions on how to develop better industry relations, build communities and successfully promote SCM programs, meetings on how to improve undergraduate and graduate curriculum, and opportunities to gain and exchange useful insights and experiences.

I hope that you engage with one another, have fun and enjoy our beautiful town of Boston. I encourage you to take full advantage of this outstanding event and leave with an invigorated and sustaining view of your efforts. I look forward to meeting many of you personally, and I wish you great success here and in the important work you do in your programs.

Best wishes,
Yossi Sheffi
Director, MIT Supply Chain Management Program
Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT
Director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

The tentative schedule is noted below and will be updated periodically.

Wednesday March 23th, 2016

05:00 – 09:00 PMReception: TBD

  • TBD

Thursday March 24th, 2016

07:30 AMTransportation
  • TBD
08:00 – 08:30 AMBreakfast, TBD
08:30 – 08:45 AMWelcome
Roberto Perez-Franco, Shawn Alborz
08:45 – 09:00 AMOpening Remarks by Yossi Sheffi
09:00 – 09:45 AMKeynote Address: MIT SCALE Network of SCM Programs Around the World
09:45 – 10:15 AMCoffee Break and Networking
10:15 – 11:30 AMPanel Discussion: TBD
Moderator: TBA

11:30 – 12:15 PMIndustry Keynote: TBD
Speaker: TBA
12:15 – 01:15 PMLunch
01:15 – 02:45 PMPanel Discussion: TBD
Moderator: TBA

02:45 – 03:15 PMCoffee Break and Networking
03:15 – 04:00 PMIndustry Keynote: TBD
Speaker: TBA
04:00 – 05:30 PMPanel Discussion: Recruiting Students for Graduate Supply Chain Programs
Moderator: TBA

05:30 – 08:30 PMDinner at Santa Clara University, Nobili Hall

  • TBA

Friday March 25th, 2016

07:30 AMTransportation
  • TBA
08:00 – 09:00 AMBreakfast
09:00 – 09:45 AMPresentation and Discussion: Trends in Supply Chain University Program and Their Implications for Industry
Speaker: Dana Stiffler (Tentative), Managing VP, Gartner Inc.
09:45 – 10:15 AMCoffe Break and Networking
10:15 – 11:45 AMPanel Discussion: TBD
Moderator: TBA

11:45 – 12:00 NoonClosing Remarks: Roberto Perez-Franco, Shawn Alborz
Lunch Boxes will be provided

  • TBD

Places to visit will be posted soon.

Hotel Information

We are working to arrange for a hotel, however, there are some hotels that are relatively close to campus and MIT has rates in which our participants can book their rooms. We suggest Residence Inn Cambridge. We also suggest that you visit this Google link for hotels around the MIT campus.

Other Hotels and Resources

Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-6600
Toll Free: (800) 228-9290

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 492-1234
Toll Free: (800) 228-9000

The Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 577-1300

Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT
20 Sidney Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 577-0200
Toll Free: (800) 543-4300

Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 224-4000
Toll Free: (866) 507-5245

The Marlowe
25 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 868-8000
Toll Free: (800) 825-7140

Residence Inn Cambridge
6 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-1885
Toll Free: (800) 331-3131

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 806-4200