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Darla Moore School of Business

  • Operations and Supply Chain Center

The Operations and Supply Chain Center at the Darla Moore School of Business helps its partner firms to optimize their supply chain networks, remove waste and process inefficiencies and implement new process strategies through faculty-led student consulting projects.

About the Operations and Supply Chain Center

The Operations and Supply Chain Center was established by the Management Science faculty in the Darla Moore School of Business in 2005. Its mission is to provide cutting-edge education and training to the students of the business school; to provide innovative and value-added solutions to client organizations in the areas of process improvement and global supply chain design, coordination and implementation; to provide an opportunity for client organizations to connect with one another and with students who could be potential future employees; and to encourage practice-based research and knowledge creation.

Due to the expanding global marketplace, there is a large demand for analysts and professionals in procurement, physical distribution, process improvement, and operations and supply chain. As global offshoring and outsourcing trends continue to increase, the demand for such professionals is growing, thereby providing a long-term opportunity for the center’s corporate partners as well as the Moore School's faculty and students. The Operations and Supply Chain Center has over time become a focal point for identifying, developing and placing well-trained talent in several well-known Fortune 500 multinational firms. At the same time, the improvement projects have increased the competitiveness of our clients and become an important component of a unique educational program in Operations and Supply Chain at the Moore School.

Center Advisory Board

Alpek Polyester
Alfredo Carrasco
Director, Procurement and Logistics
Columbia, SC

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
David Cruz (USC MGSC Graduate 1987)
Director of Transportation and Network Operations
Charlotte, NC

Continental Tires
Dr. Jens Harneit
Head of Supply Chain Design
Fort Mills, SC

McLeod Health
Lesli McGee
Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, 
Continuum of Care

Drew Liebenrood
Progress Leader, US5

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Lou Kennedy
Columbia, SC

Siemens North America
Ken Morrison
Director of North America Supply Chain,
Siemens (SI) Smart Infrastructure
Atlanta, GA

Sonoco Products Company
Jim Prescott
Director, Industrial Supply Chain - Americas
Hartsville, SC

Stier Supply Company
Jeremy Mikulecky
Vice President of Operations
Gaston, SC 

Brian Westfall
VP, Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
Columbia, SC

Alex Brame
Regional President
Columbia, SC

Research Projects

Since the center's inception in 2005, process improvements recommended by Moore School student teams represent millions in savings for the center's corporate partners.



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