2017 Supply Chain Management Directors' Conference

Welcome to University of Southern California Campus

The 6th Annual SCM Directors’ Conference
March 01-03, 2017

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 USC (the Center for Global Supply Chain Management), and Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas to 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. This conference also has been selected as one of the top 50 Logistics, Warehouse and Inventory Management Conferences to attend in 2017.

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 Nick Vyas. 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 Advisory Board and Relationships
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  • Organizing Committee
  • Message from USC
  • Conference Agenda
  • Places to Visit
  • Travel and Hotel

Organizing Committee

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.

Nick Vyas

Nick Vyas, MBA
Conference Chair
Executive Director, Center for Global Supply Chain Management

(213) 821-4079

Shawn Alborz

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

(972) 883-6455

Athena Alimirzaei

Athena Alimirzaei, PhD
Conference Co-Chair, UT Dallas

(972) 883-5901

Message from USC

Nick Vyas

Welcome to the Sixth SCM Directors’ Conference at USC!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the UCS, the Center for Global Supply Chain and The UT Dallas, Jindal School of Management, I would like to welcome you to the Sixth 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, Nick Vyas (USC) 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.

The schedule 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 Los Angles. 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,
Nick Vyas
Executive Director, USC Supply Chain Management Program

Conference Agenda

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

Schedule for Wednesday March 1st, 2017
Time Program
05:30 – 07:30 PM SCM Directors’ Conference Welcome Reception
USC Downtown LA
1150 S. Olive Street 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Schedule for Thursday March 2nd, 2017
Time Program
08:00 – 08:30 AM Registration Davidson Conference Vineyard Room
08:30 – 08:45 AM Welcome Remarks: Sandra Chrystal
08:45 – 09:30 AM Keynote Address: Dr Noel Hacegaba
09:45 – 11:15 AM Roundtable #1: Importance of industry engagement!
How to start a SCM center and how to operate successfully?
How to build an industry advisory board and how to sell values to them?
What are the financial metrics?
How do you get faculty involved with IAB (industry advisory board)?
How to build partnership with local companies?

Vidyaranya Gargeya UNCG (University of North Carolina Greensboro)
Christopher Gopal
11:15 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break
11:30 – 01:00 PM Roundtable #2: Graduate program offerings
How do advertise your SCM program to undergraduate and graduate students?
How do you recruits your students? What are the best practices/methods?
How do you recruit your students?
What are the best practices in recruiting local students vs. international students?
What is your program that is more attractive compared to others?

Subhro Mitra UNT Dallas (University of North Texas at Dallas)
Joel Sutherland (University of San Diego)
01:00 – 02:00 PM Lunch
02:00 – 03:45 PM Roundtable #3: Certificates and Online Programs
How do you know what courses to offer online?
How to make faculty, particularly tenured-track faculty to develop new online courses?
How to build a marketable certificate program?
What certificates do you offer and why?
How to implement a rigorous assessment in online courses?
What level of service offer in online courses?

Eva Ponce, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Brian Gibson (Auburn University)
04:00 PM Bus ride to port of Long Beach for Dinner (Boat ride)
07:30 PM Bus returns to Radisson USC

Schedule for Friday March 3rd, 2017
Time Program
08:30 – 08:45 AM Davidson Conference Vineyard Room, Coffee & Bagels
08:45 – 10:30 PM Roundtable #4: Curriculum and courses
What are the new innovative curriculum?
What are the technology based courses?
What changes you have made due to industry demand?
What is so special about your curriculum compared to others?

Murat Bayiz, USC (University of Southern California)
Burak Kazaz, Syracuse University
10:45 – 12:00 AM Roundtable #5: Applied research (Nick to define)
Digitalization of supply chain?
Solving problem for industry?

Nick Vyas, USC (University of Southern California)
12:00 Noon Closing Remarks (Nick Vyas and Shawn Alborz)

Places to Visit

More information will be posted soon.

Travel and Hotel

The Radisson Hotel is closest to our conference and located across the street from the USC campus:
3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(800) 333-3333
(213) 748-4141

The following amenities are included:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary Access to 24-Hour Fitness Center & Business Center
  • Complimentary Access to Jacuzzi and Pool Facility
  • Rate includes continental breakfast for Single Occupancy; Each additional at $15 increment