In This Issue
- New Things Going On With The Major
- Faculty Spotlight
- Alumni Spotlight
- Student Spotlights
- Club Updates and More
New Things Going On With The Major
Welcome to our 2021–2022 Project and Supply Chain Management newsletter! Enrollment in the PSCM major continues to remain strong. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Muhammad Odeh, a new faculty member with significant expertise in the field of project management. In addition, we were successful in recruiting yet another new PSCM faculty, Dr. Hafez Shurrab, who will be joining us this fall. We are also excited to report that efforts are underway to launch an online undergraduate program in PSCM through Penn State World Campus.
In this newsletter, we will showcase alumna Rachel Pier, who works in tactical operations at General Motors. We will also bring you news about PSCM activities, including PSCM Day and the PSCM Club Speaker Series.
Finally, we thank PSCM Club President Taylor Love, Vice President Mike Sharrer, Secretary Quincy Adams, Treasurer Lucas Saborsky, and faculty advisers Dr. Richard Peng and Dr. Jianing Zhi for their efforts in publishing this newsletter.
—Dr. Ray Venkataraman, Professor of Management and Chair of PSCM
Dr. Muhammad Odeh
Dr. Muhammad Odeh is an assistant teaching professor of Project and Supply Chain Management.
What is your educational background?
- Doctor of Engineering, Engineering Management, School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C, 2018
- Master of Science, Computer Science, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 1990
- Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1987
What is your favorite part about being a professor?
What do you enjoy most about Penn State Behrend?
How would you describe your teaching style or method?
What is your favorite topic to research?
Rachel Pier '21
Since graduation, Rachel has been employed by General Motors in the GPSC TRACK Program. She is a Tactical Operations Coordinator in Propulsion and HVAC.
Which Behrend courses helped you the most in your career?
What came as a surprise to you at your first post-Behrend job?
What would you tell your college self if you could go back in time?
Joshua Claypoole '22
Joshua is graduating with a degree in Project and Supply Chain Management and will be working at Parker Hannifin as a Sourcing Specialist.
What has most surprised you about the study of PSCM?
Why did you choose PSCM? What attracted you to it?
What attracted you to Penn State Behrend?
PSCM Club Update
This academic year, the PSCM Club was able to host virtual events as well as in-person events and participate in more activities.
Prep with the Academic Career and Planning Center
PSCM Club Bingo
Barnhart Transportation Event
Day in the Life of an Analyst: Erie Insurance
Résumé Event and Scheduling Event