Category Archives: Faculty Spotlight

Lecture by Dr. Paul Nelson

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Dr. Paul Nelson gave a lecture on Thursday, November 16 entitled “The Current State of Competition in the United States” organized by the Economics Club with the support of the SBE. More than 100 people were in attendance including students, faculty, and members of the local community.  Dr. Nelson’s lecture described the rise of oligopolies over the last few decades and how innovation is pretty much the main hope to disrupt them.

For more information, visit the Daily Mining Gazette.

 


New Supply Chain and Operations Management Professor

Join us in welcoming our newest faculty member to the School of Business and Economics, Dr. Ulrich Schmelzle. Shmelzle earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He also holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a bachelor degree (equiv.) in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Prior to returning to academia, he held different managerial positions in supply management, manufacturing, and logistics planning. With more than 18 years of industry experience, he has worked as a consultant, entrepreneur, and senior manager primarily in the semiconductor and aerospace industries. Schmelzle’s research focuses on managerial decision-making promoting efficiency and innovativeness. He is particularly interested in how operations and supply chain management can enhance the innovation performance of the organization.

Ulrich regularly presents new research at national conferences from organizations such as the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) or the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and conference proceedings.

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Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics Faculty and Alums Receive the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Spark Plug Award

Each year the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce presents awards in the following categories:

  • Community development,
  • Growth,
  • Customer Service/Quality/Teamwork,
  • Transformation/Innovation
  • Young Professional of the Year, and
  • Person/Project of the Year

The 2016 SparkPlug Award for Project of the Year was awarded to Leadership Keweenaw, with a mission to challenges participants to develop their leadership skills through networking, education, exciting and fun activities and community involvement. The vision: Leadership improves the quality of life for Keweenaw residents and guests via its graduates’ active, consistent practice of inclusive leadership.  To build our leadership talent to positively impact our economy, environment, and society.

This award is provided to a high impact project that is notable within the community and will provide lasting benefits to businesses and community member.  Leadership Keweenaw was one of eight nominations for the Project of the Year category.

Dana M. Johnson, Ph.D., SBE faculty and alum and chair of the steering committee for Leadership Keweenaw, along with Marilyn Clark, MTEC SmartZone CEO and SBE alum, were two of the nine team members to receive this award for their work in the design, development, and presentation of the leadership program.  The team has been working on the project since summer 2015, with the first class beginning in August 2016 with a planned graduation of 2017.

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SBE 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

It is with great pleasure to announce the School of Business and Economics 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Senior Lecturer, Roger Woods!  He is a second-time winner of this award, he was also selected as the 2013-2014 recipient!

Every spring fourth-year students from the School of Business and Economics nominate three faculty members they believe are deserving of this award.  The results from that survey are tallied, and the faculty members with the most nominations move on to the second round.  The second survey goes out to the entire SBE student body.  This time students are asked to select one faculty member they feel should be recognized as Teacher of the Year and also have the opportunity to share comments on why that individual is deserving.

Our students had wonderful things to say about Roger, it is clear he is making a difference inside and outside his classroom. Congratulations to Roger!

 

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Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists Announced

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student ratings of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2017 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in deliberation.

This year’s finalists are:

Associate Professor / Professor Category

  • Mari Buche (SBE), associate professor
  • Yu Cai (SoT), associate professor
  • Mary Carol Friedrich (VPA), professor
  • Ann Maclean (SFRES), professor
  • Scott Miers (MEEM), associate professor

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category

  • Todd Arney (SoT), lecturer
  • Sheila Milligan (SBE), senior lecturer
  • Brigitte Morin (Bio Sci), lecturer
  • Elizabeth Reed (Math), senior lecturer
  • Jeffrey Wall (SBE), assistant professor

Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 20 and can be completed online.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their spring classes. The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards will be formally announced in May.

For more information, contact Nancy Seely at 906-487-1896.

– William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, Tech Today – January 23, 2017