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IEEE ICAL 2007 Conference
Plenary Talk5


Supply Chain Rationalization & Optimization

Ray A.Mundy, Ph.D.

Barriger Endowed Professor of Transportation & Logistics
Director, Center for Transportation Studies
University of Missouri, St. Louis
8001 Natural Bridge Road - 154 University Center
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499
(314) 516-7270 tel. (314) 516-7272 fax

       As many authors have pointed out, more and more today, raw materials and finished goods supply chains stretch around the world and require considerable managerial effort to develop and manage on a day to day basis.Currently, we have had the opportunity to model world wide supply chain movements for firms such as Emerson, Federal Mogul, Sigma Aldrich, and Israeli Chemical Limited (ICL).   From these modeling efforts and studies a great deal was learned regarding the need for engineering like precision in data input, analyses, and interpretation.  It is this writer¡¯s belief that logistics and supply chain managers of the future will bring such strategic modeling into daily operational and even tactical use as they source and distribute on a global scale.
      This presentation will detail some of these observations of modeling large supply chains, the difficulties incurred in collecting and cleaning shipment data, and the time required to test and verify the accuracy of data for model generation.In addition, the presentation will demonstrate the types of strategic, operational, and tactical decisions such modeling can assist in making.
      Finally, the presentation will conclude with some general recommendations as to what industry and academia should be doing to create personnel capable of developing and running these models ¨C taking them from occasional strategic decision making exercises to more of the operational context we see them in the future.


Ray A.Mundy is Director of the Center for Transportation Studies and Barriger Endowed Professor of Transportation and Logistics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since January 2000, Dr. Mundy currently teaches courses in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, and Transportation. He has authored numerous industry reports, is an active lecturer at national transportation and logistics seminars, and is a frequent contributor of articles to trade publications and journals.

Currently Dr. Mundy sits on the editorial review boards of the International Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, and the Transportation Management Journal. Dr. Mundy has participated on research teams that have twice been awarded the Plowman award for outstanding logistics research and publication. Dr. Mundy has recently completed a series of texts for industry centered on process flow analysis and statistical process control.

Prior to joining the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dr. Mundy managed the Transportation Management & Policies Studies program of the University of Tennessee. There, he was a Director of the University of Tennessee¡¯s Supply Chain Forum and the MBA and Ph.D. advisor for the department. In these capacities, Dr. Mundy managed numerous major research efforts, training programs, and technical assistance projects over his twenty-six years with the University.

Dr. Mundy is a consultant to both the public and private sector, including engagements with numerous U.S. airports and their ground transportation companies, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the World Bank, CSX, and Burlington Northern Railroads, the Coca-Cola Company, EDS, Ryder and the Toyota Motor Company of America, among others.

His current research interests include the practice of continuous improvement and the design and teaching of supply chain courses at the graduate and executive level. He has developed transportation and logistics training level courses for lower level operational personnel, a graduate level Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management, and now coursework for a new Ph.D. program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Since inception of the Center for Transportation Studies, Dr. Mundy has generated in excess of $1,500,000 in grants. Dr. Mundy also sits on Advisory Boards for Internet, transportation, and logistics companies. Among these are Transportation Software Solutions, Inc.; Forward Air, Inc., and Warehouse Logistics.

Additionally, he is the Executive Director of the Airport Ground Transportation Association, and Director of the Tennessee Transportation and Logistics Foundation. Dr. Mundy holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

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