Iowa State College of Business plans Supply Chain Initiative to engage Iowa companies, provide opportunities for students


The Supply Chain Initiative will build on other recent advances in the College of Business, which has jumped 21 spots since 2013 in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of accredited business programs (currently 50th among public institutions).


These programs include:

  • The CyBiz Lab, which brings together students, faculty, and businesses to address real-world challenges
  • A successful new Master of Business Analytics program that prepares professionals to manage data analytics and business intelligence in the “big data” environment
  • A cohort-based, two-and-a-half year professional MBA program that helps students prepare for leadership positions in Iowa companies
  • Expanded recruitment of women to the college, including a Young Women in Business Conference for high school seniors interested in business careers

Iowa State University’s College of Business will launch a Supply Chain Initiative to better engage corporate partners with research, experiential learning opportunities for students, and educational outreach opportunities for faculty and staff.


The initiative will be led by Kraig Paulsen, state representative from Hiawatha and outgoing speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, and an accomplished professional in supply chain operations and management. Paulsen will begin working to launch the initiative on a part-time basis, beginning January 4, 2016, and move to full-time work once the 2016 Iowa legislative session has ended.


“We’re extremely excited to have someone with Kraig’s expertise help to launch this initiative,” said College of Business Dean David Spalding. “He has developed strong relationships with corporate and government partners, both locally and nationally, and we look forward to leveraging his experience in supply chain management, business law, and leadership.”


Paulsen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Iowa State University; an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. He currently serves as corporate counsel for CRST International, Inc., one of the nation’s largest transportation companies.


Paulsen also served for 10 years in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as an operations group senior weapons instructor, maintenance flight commander, and squadron director of operations. He was twice recognized as having the best operations crew in the USAF in his assigned weapons system.


Supply chain management – the coordination and movement of products from their creation to the customer – is the heart and soul of any business, and a signature program in Iowa State’s business college.


The program is also home to one of the university’s most innovative learning activities, in which students track a spatula from its point of manufacture in China; to the Port of Long Beach, where it entered the U.S.; to a Target distribution center in Cedar Falls; and eventually to the Target store in Ames.


Companies interested in working with Iowa State’s Supply Chain Initiative are encouraged to contact the College of Business at 515-294-2422 or




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