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2017 Value Chain Summit

Adding Value to the Supply Chain

Thursday, October 26, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Midland Country Club, 1120 W. St. Andrews, Midland, Michigan

Speakers & Panelists

Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja

Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja

Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Michigan State University

Dr. Evangelyn C. Alocilja is a professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and an adjunct professor in the Institute of International Health at Michigan State University. A member of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI), she pioneered nano-biosensor research at MSU and established the Nano-Biosensors Lab in 2000. She is the founder of the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics. Her research interests lie in diagnosing infectious diseases through point-of-care, field-operable nanoparticle-based biosensors and nano-devices as anti-counterfeiting detection systems.

Alocilja’s extensive publications are widely used by the science community, and she has received numerous local, national, and international awards for her research work. She has several U.S. patents and many patent applications in review in the areas of nanoparticles, biosensor devices, and biosensing assays. An internationally known scientist and mentor to MSU students, she also mentors high school students and teachers in the community.

Don Buchalski

Don Buchalski

Business Development Director
The Axia Institute

Donald Buchalski is business development director for the Axia Institute. Buchalski has 30 years of global leadership in marketing, business development, supply chain, and engineering roles at Dow Corning Corp. He has a proven track record of creating value through understanding the voice of the customer, business model innovation, and data analytics. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint and a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. At the Institute, Buchalski works with industry partners to identify major value chain problems requiring high-impact solutions to improve business performance. He also champions the Institute’s research project portfolio and processes.

Dr. Prem Chahal

Dr. Prem Chahal

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University

Dr. Premjeet “Prem” Chahal is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. He is a recipient of the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award and the 2016 Withrow Teaching Excellence Award. Chahal’s research interests are in wireless sensors, THz technology, millimeter-wave electronics, and additive manufacturing.

Chahal received his doctorate from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. From 2006 to 2009, he held a senior research position at Abbott Laboratories, leading research in the area of BioMEMS. Prior to that, he was a principal engineer at Raytheon, Dallas, leading research in the areas of THz technologies, MMIC design, RF-MEMS and Sensors, and nanoelectronics.

David Closs

Dr. David J. Closs

John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration, Department of Supply Chain Management
Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business

Dr. David J. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration in the Department of Supply Chain Management at MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. He was chair of the department for 10 years. Closs brings more than 40 years of experience in supply chain management to the Supply Chain Index. In his current role as a senior MSU faculty member, Closs is the principal investigator of Value Chain Index research.

Closs has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning, and has worked with over 100 Fortune 500 corporations in areas involving supply chain and logistics strategy and systems. He has led multiple studies investigating world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities as the project director for Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon, as well as other federal, state, and industry grants. Closs is the author of numerous books and articles on supply chain strategy, technology, and applications.

Dr. Kalyanmoy Deb

Dr. Kalyanmoy Deb

Koenig Endowed Chair Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University

Dr. Kalyanmoy Deb is the Koenig Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU. His research interests are in applied optimization and its application in multi-criterion optimization, modeling, and machine learning. He has published over 475 research papers with Google Scholar citations of over 105,000 with h-index 104. His Computational Optimization and Innovation (COIN) Laboratory at MSU works closely with industries and houses 10 or more doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. His recent study on a billion-variable optimization problem makes it one of the extreme-scale studies in optimization.

Deb was awarded the Infosys Prize, TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, CajAstur Mamdani Prize, Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Edgeworth-Pareto award, Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, and Bessel Research Award from Germany. He is a fellow of IEEE, ASME, and three Indian science and engineering academies, and is on the editorial board of 19 major international journals.

Dr. William A. Donohue

Dr. William A. Donohue

Dr. William A. Donohue
Distinguished Professor of Communication
Michigan State University

Dr. William A. Donohue is distinguished professor of Communication at MSU, where his teaching and research focuses primarily on sales communication, conflict resolution, leadership, and project evaluation. He has consulted extensively with public and private sector organizations in the areas of sales, communication skills, and leadership development. Donohue has created two internet-based assessment and educational development businesses – most recently, Medical Professional Performance Systems. Donohue came to Michigan State from The Ohio State University, where he received his doctorate in 1976 in the field of communication.

Donohue is the author of the book “Card Talk: Winning Communication Games” and more than 80 articles and 12 books dealing with various communication and conflict issues. He has won several awards for his scholarship from national and international professional associations.

Katherine Franz

Katherine A. Franz

Executive Director
The Axia Institute

Katherine A. Franz is executive director of the Axia Institute. Franz is a proven industry executive with extensive global experience in operations, engineering, quality, and multi-operational assignments. She has, in her prior work at various Fortune 50 companies including General Motors, Ford, and General Electric, led billion-dollar global operations through start-up, turnaround, and growth modes to achieve world-level performance. As executive director of the Axia Institute, Franz leads the effort to develop effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains.

Franz holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from MSU and a master of science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.

Dr. David J. Frayer

Dr. David J. Frayer

Assistant Dean for Executive Development and Professional Programs
Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business

Dr. David J. Frayer is the assistant dean for Executive Development and Professional Programs in MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business, where he leads two executive education and corporate learning facilities in Michigan as well as a group responsible for design, development, and delivery of executive and professional education programs. In addition to these responsibilities, he co-directs the annual Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Frayer was involved in the Global Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Initiative, a third-party procurement and supply chain benchmarking effort involving over 200 companies worldwide.

Frayer has co-authored several published books, reports, and articles, and is a frequent presenter at professional meetings, academic conferences, and executive development programs. His research interests include strategic alliances, talent supply chain management, supply chain integration, and global procurement and logistics strategy. Frayer is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Supply Chain Management Council of West Michigan and received the 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award for the advancement of the supply chain management profession in West Michigan.

Dan Futter

Dan Futter

Commercial Vice President, Dow Consumer Solutions

Dan Futter is the global commercial vice president for Dow Consumer Solutions, with oversight for the entire commercial organization across the Consumer Solutions business. Prior to this role, he led the commercial organization for Dow Performance Silicones, where he was responsible for creating and delivering excellent customer experiences. Futter joined Dow Corning in 1994 as a technical manager for Dow Corning’s packaging business in Belgium, and subsequently served in several roles, including commercial manager of the thermoplastics business, program manager for Dow Corning Plasma Solutions, and global industry director for Dow Corning’s coatings and additives businesses. In 2008, Futter was named vice president of the Business and Technology Incubator. He went on to serve as vice president for the High Performance Building and Solar Energy Business Innovation Unit, vice president of Customer Innovation and Experience, and in 2016 was named global commercial vice president of Dow Consumer Solutions. Futter holds a BSc Hons degree in Biochemistry with Biotechnology from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. He is active in the Midland, Michigan, community on various boards and was recently named a “Rising Star” by Junior Achievement of Central Michigan.

Michael C. Howe

Michael C. Howe

Michael C. Howe
CEO, Verify Brand

Michael C. Howe is CEO of the supply chain security/digital marketing software company Verify Brand. Distinguished by his ability to identify consumer needs, create strategic vision, and build nationally recognized brands with companies such as MinuteClinic, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, and Arby’s, he is a pioneer in creating disruptive innovations that change the face of the marketplace.

Since 2008, Howe has led a private consulting practice, providing experience-proven strategies to a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, mid-size marketing services companies, PE and VC financial organizations, as well as several start-up organizations in HIT, healthcare services, and digital marketing. He has worked with many companies in brand differentiation and strategy development, process improvement, multi-unit retail operations and marketing, new product development and expansion, and organizational and executive development. Previously, Howe served as CEO of MinuteClinic and CEO of Arby’s. He has contributed to and led more than a dozen private and public company boards, including HIT companies DestinationRx and ApeniMed and the digital marketing start up SmartReceipt.

Dr. Frederick A. Rodammer

Dr. Frederick A. Rodammer

Professor of Practice and Director
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business

Dr. Frederick A. Rodammer is professor of Practice and director in MSU’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems within the Eli Broad College of Business, where he teaches business analytics and information systems. Rodammer also serves on the Technical Advisory Board for MSU’s the Axia Institute and serves as the co-principal investigator for MRIVCC’s Value Chain Index research project.

Rodammer received his doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU. He worked in industry for over 20 years prior to joining MSU. During his tenure in industry he served as a global supply chain director for The Dow Chemical Co. and served as the Global Supply Chain and eBusiness Director for DuPont Dow Elastomers, a $1 billion joint venture of Dow and DuPont. Rodammer has also served in the public sector for over five years, working for the City of Richmond, Va.

Dr. Joan B. Rose

Dr. Joan B. Rose

Professor, Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research
Michigan State University

Dr. Joan Rose holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at MSU in the departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Plant, Soil and Microbiological Science, and currently leads the Global Water Pathogens Project in partnership with UNESCO.

Rose earned her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is an international expert on water microbiology, water quality and public health safety. She has published more than 300 manuscripts. Her work addresses the use of new molecular tools for surveying and mapping water pollution for recreational and drinking water, irrigation water, coastal and ballast waters, assessment of innovative water treatment technology for the developed and developing world and use of quantitative microbial risk assessment. She is the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She currently serves on the EPA Science Advisory Board for the Great Lakes. She is the 2001 recipient of the Clarke Water Prize and was awarded honorary citizenship in Singapore for her contributions to water quality, water education and Singapore’s water security program Four National Taps.

Dr. Vallabh Sambamurthy

Dr. Vallabh Sambamurthy

Professor and Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement
Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Dr. Vallabh Sambamurthy is a professor and associate dean for Outreach and Engagement in MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. He is recognized as a global expert on digital business strategy and innovation. Most of his research has been conducted in Fortune 500 firms. In addition to numerous academic publications, Sambamurthy has written executive-oriented articles in CIO, Optimize, and CIO Insight magazines. He served as editor-in-chief of Information Systems Research, one of the top journals for business school research. In recognition of his scholarship, teaching, and service, Sambamurthy has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions. Recently, he received the William Deal Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor provided by MSU. Sambamurthy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.