College of Business hosts doctoral logistics symposium April 3-5


Dan Ryan, (515) 294-5800,


AMES, Iowa – The department of supply chain and information systems in the College of Business at Iowa State University will host the 2014 Logistics Doctoral Symposium on April 3-5.

The event, in its 11th year, hosts leading supply chain and logistics programs from universities around the country. Doctoral students in these fields will attend sessions on subjects like teaching, research, completion of their dissertations, and launching their academic careers.


The symposium will bring more than 70 faculty and doctoral students from 28 institutions around the country.


“We are pleased to welcome the top logistics and supply chain scholars to the Iowa State University campus,” said Sree Nilakanta, chair of the department of supply chain and information systems. “This is an excellent networking and learning opportunity for the up-and-coming scholars in our field, and a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the College of Business and Ames community.”


The event kicks off on Thursday, April 3 with an evening reception on campus. Attendees will be in sessions all day on Friday, April 4, which include a luncheon keynote address from Mike McBreen (‘88 Chemical Engineering), senior vice president of global sourcing and product development for Payless Shoesource. Friday’s sessions will be held at Reiman Gardens.


On Saturday, April 5, attendees will visit the Gerdin Business Building for sessions with journal editors and Ph.D. student and faculty roundtables, among others. The symposium concludes after lunch.


Organizers for the symposium include Jennifer Blackhurst, Walker Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management; David Cantor, Dean’s Faculty Fellow and associate professor of supply chain management; Scott Grawe, assistant professor of supply chain management; and Bobby Martens, associate professor of supply chain management.

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