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G. Don Taylor

Current Issues & the State of Knowledge in Supply Chain Logistics

G. Don Taylor, Ph.D., P.E.
Charles O. Gordon Professor and Department Head, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Lecture: 100 Nedderman Hall; Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:00 pm
Reception: MAC Lounge (second floor); Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:00 pm

taylorThe field of logistics affects all aspects of modern life. Annual expenditures on transportation and inventory alone accounts for approximately 8% of the gross domestic product of the United States. In spite of the magnitude of modern logistics problems, the field of global supply chain logistics is changing rapidly, and the recent recession has increased the pace of change in unanticipated ways. Five major trends that are expected to continue to shape global logistics in the coming decade will be discussed; the U.S. reliance on imported consumer goods and the emergence of China as the world's manufacturer, the availability and price of energy, the continuing rise of the internet, growing environmental concerns, and increasing governmental debt. After establishing the significance of these trends, attention will be turned to the great logistics challenges that we now face, and discussion will focus on the need for innovation in niche areas, the need for efficiency gains in general, and the need to think big. The logistics game is changing, but programs like the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at UTA are developing strong engineers capable of building a very bright future.

Prof. Taylor is the Charles O. Gordon Professor and Department Head of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, a top 5 ranked program nationally. He has previously held the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair in Engineering Logistics at the University of Louisville where he was a co-founder of the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), one of the National Science Foundation’s largest Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers. He has also previously held the rank of Full Professor at the University of Arkansas where he was the Director of The Logistics Institute (TLI). Throughout his career, Prof. Taylor’s research has focused on the simulation of complex systems and the logistics of material flow and freight transportation. He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on more than 60 externally funded projects. His research has led to the publication of 10 edited books, more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, and more than 120 conference papers and technical reports. Prof. Taylor has made more than 200 formal presentations at conferences or seminars and has had research relationships with 49 different companies. He is currently the President, Member of the Board of Trustees, and a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science and is a registered Professional Engineer.