Department of Operations & Supply Chain Management

Faculty Biographies

Our faculty members are active and committed researchers whose contributions are recognized nationally and internationally. Here are biographies of our faculty members so that you may learn more about each of their personal interests and achievements.

Full-Time Faculty

Ataseven, Cigdem

Cigdem Ataseven received her Ph.D. degree in Operations Management from the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation focuses on the operational issues and the role of supply chain integration in food banks. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned her B.S. degree in Management, and her M.S. degree in Operations Management and Decision Sciences from Bilkent University.

Some of her current research interests are in the areas of operations strategy, supply chain management, humanitarian operations, manufacturing-marketing interface, and innovation & technology management. Her teaching interests include operations management, management science, and supply chain management. She has previously taught Operations Management classes at the University of South Carolina.

Chen, Injazz

Injazz J. Chen is the Nance Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University, where he received several awards for research and teaching excellence. He received his MS in Operations Research and D.B.A. in Operations Management from the University of Kentucky.

His current research interests focus on the areas of supply management, supply chain management (SCM), green/sustainable supply chains, management of information and manufacturing technologies, and quality and productivity. His recent research findings appear in a wide variety of journals such as Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Omega.

Chen, Jen-Yi

Jen-Yi (Jay) Chen will receive his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Purdue University. He received his MBA at National Taiwan University, and then received his MSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. His current research interests are in pricing models, incentives and competition in supply chain management. His teaching interests include management science, operations and supply chain management.

Among the awards and honors Dr. Chen has been the recipient of are the Operations Management Scholar Award (2006-2010), the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship (2009-2010), and the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award (Spring 2008).

Chung, Chia-Shin (Emeritus Faculty)

Chia-Shin Chung received his Ph.D. in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley. His research areas are in supply chain management, Inventory management, and scheduling.

Dr. Chung has published articles in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of Operations Management, Mathematical Programming, Naval Research Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and Computers and Operations Research.

At Cleveland State, Dr. Chung teaches courses in business statistics and supply chain management. He is also a member of INFORMS.

Eichhorn, Bradford R., PMP

Bradford (Brad) Eichhorn will receive his DBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Cleveland State University. His dissertation focuses on the intersection of project management, business users and information systems projects. The research interest comes from his extensive international experience in information systems project and executive management based on consulting experience in the public and private sectors.

Brad was acknowledged as a Significant Contributor to the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Third Edition. His consulting career includes strategic operations improvement efforts, corporation ownership transition teams, development of program and project methodologies, program schedule optimization, and mentoring / coaching of middle and senior management. Brad enjoys sharing his business experience in the class room by using real examples, simulations, hands-on learning, current articles and stories.

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Polomsky, Michael

Dr. Michael Polomsky holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, specializing in advanced statistical analysis, development and validation of large-scale surveys, and forecasting. Dr. Polomsky has been affiliated with Cleveland State University since 1991, teaching undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral courses in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM). He was the recipient of the 2005 Nance College of Business Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Polomsky also holds an adjunct professor appointment in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (Operations Department); teaching MBA classes in decision/mathematical modeling, project management, statistics, and decision theory (engineering economics).

In addition to teaching, Dr. Polomsky has consulted in virtually every aspect of human resource management and organizational behavior for over 125 public- and private-sector organizations. He has developed and administered human resource programs at all organizational levels for executive, professional, managerial, technical, clerical, computer, sales, as well as police and fire professions. The scope of these projects include job classification, job evaluation, development of compensation plans, job analysis, personnel selection, performance appraisal, organizational survey development and administration, training, organizational development, corporate management (i.e., "glass ceiling") reviews, maintenance of HRIS database systems, and litigation support.

Dr. Polomsky has been retained as an expert witness in more than 30 court cases, providing expert witness testimony and litigation support in court cases typically dealing with issues of alleged age, race or sex discrimination in selection, promotion, termination or compensation. Further, his work in quantitative methodology has led to the development of a set of statistical procedures for assessing bias and/or discrimination in selection, promotion, and lending practices.

Prior to attaining the Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Dr. Polomsky had more than fourteen years of sales and senior corporate management experience in a variety of private-sector organizations.

Rom, Walter (Emeritus Faculty)

Walter Rom received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Columbia University. He teaches courses in business statistics, management of innovation and technology, and operations management at Cleveland State University.

Dr. Rom's recent research includes a survey on outsourcing, knowledge transfer among projects, and order acceptance using genetic algorithms.

Slotnick, Susan

Susan Slotnick is a Professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Nance College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University. Her research interests are in scheduling, order acceptance, lead-time quotation, and quantitative models of quality management. She holds doctoral and masterís degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University, and a bachelorís degree from Brandeis University. She has been on the faculty of Arizona State University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Cornell University and The Ohio State University, and has professional practice experience in industry and government sectors.

Tukel, Oya

Oya I. Tukel, Ph.D. is chair and professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management. She received her Ph.D. degree in Decision Information Sciences from the University of Florida concentrating in the area of Project Scheduling and Resource Management. She has been involved in training programs and consulting in Project Management, Innovation Management and Supply Chain Management, in the United States, Europe and Asia. She is actively publishing in the areas of Project Management, Innovation and Supply Chain Management for both academic and practitioner journals. She received numerous teaching, service and research awards at Cleveland State during the last eighteen years and was recognized as the Nance Applied Business Scholar in 2005.

Turken, Nazli

Nazli Turken will receive her PhD in Operations Management from University of Florida. She holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and an M.E. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Florida.She worked at The Coca-Cola Bottlers of Turkey, Siemens Wiring Technologies, and Oyak-Renault Automotive Systems. Her current research interests include environmentally and socially responsible operations, and humanitarian logistics.

Adjunct Faculty

Avi, Victoria

Victoria Avi is a learner at heart. She earned her Masterís Degree in Environmental Studies from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and her Graphic Design undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University. Her experience as a Network Entrepreneur at E4S, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability allowed her to explore biomimicry (a design principle) and zero waste implementation within organizations. At E4S she created connections among business leaders in ZeroWasteNEO and BiomimicryNEO networks to engage them to take their first, next and bold steps.

Victoria was active with AIGA Cleveland, the professional association for design and served on the board as Programming and Advocacy/Sustainability Chair. Currently she is teaching a Sustainable Business Principles course at the Nance College of Business Administration. She is also working on a creative writing project. Victoria was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and immigrated to United States with her family in the late 90s.

Gress, Amy

Amy L. Gress, CPSM, has a strong combination of lifelong learning and work experience. Along with her 25 plus years in the business environment with a focus on Operations and Supply Management, she holds an Associate in Purchasing Management, Cuyahoga Community College, B.A. Business Administration with an Emphasis on Marketing and Management from Baldwin Wallace College and an M.S. Supply Chain Management and Logistics from Wright State University. In addition to the classroom education, she holds a certification as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).

Amy is a Senior Commodity Manager at the Ridge Tool Company in Elyria, Ohio. There she manages strategic commodities on a corporate basis and develops highly efficient lean supply chains. Amy is currently the president of the Cleveland affiliate of Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Purchasing Management Association of Cleveland (PMAC). In 2010, she was honored by ISM as the Person of the Year for Innovation and Creativity. Amy is also an adjunct at Cuyahoga Community College.

Hiser, Todd

Todd was promoted to General Manager of Clamco Corporation in 2001, and was responsible for all of the P&L functions of the manufacturing organization as well as driving the sales team directly. During the 18 years in packaging, he travelled extensively around the world and set up distribution in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and both North and South America.

Todd Hiser joined the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USCS) as an International Trade Specialist in October of 2008 at the Akron/Cleveland USEAC after working for nearly 18 years in the private sector.

Mr. Hiser earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. In 1995, he complimented this degree by earning his Master's Degree in Business Administration at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Johnson, Clarence

Clarence Johnson received a PhD from Cleveland State University in Urban Education, a Masters of Science in Mathematics from CSU, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is a full professor of mathematics at Cuyahoga Community College.

Clarence regularly teaches Business Statistics courses and Mathematics courses at all levels. His research interests include mathematics self-efficacy and the benefits of role models.

In his personal life, Clarence loves playing trivia and playing and watching all major sports. He is also a member of ISPE (The International Society for Philosophical Enquiry).

Muller, James

Jim has practiced project and program management for over 20 years while working in the business and IS areas of Fortune 500 financial institutions. He currently works as Vice President and Senior Technical Project Manager within the Operations MIS PMO at PNC Bank. The scope of his projects have included Software Development, Network installations, Mergers and Acquisitions, and new product launches. In addition to Project Manager, he has worked as a Business Consultant, Product Manager, and Operations Officer.

Jim earned his BSBA in Accountancy from John Carroll University, a Master's Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from George Washington University, and an MBA in Finance from CSU Nance School of Business Administration, where he was awarded the John Nance Alumni Award. As certified Project Management Professional for over 10 years, he has been on the board of several local chapters and Specific Interest Groups of PMI.ģ Jim has made several presentations at various PMI events on the subjects of Organization Change Management, Risk Management, and other Project Management topics. Jim has been teaching OMS 622 at CSU for 6 years. His hobbies include making wine and volunteering fro Junior Achievement and Cub Scouts.

Okrent, Michael

Dr. Michael D. Okrent, Sc.D., PMP, CQM, CQA, CQE, CIRM. He is currently the Nursing Institute Continuous Improvement Ė Embed at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Okrent was formerly employed at Yale University in the ITS Organization Change Management group. He is a former SNEC-PMI Board member, and 2009 Bethany Connecticut Citizen of the Year. He has presented Internationally on such varied topics as Activity Based Costing, Lean Thinking and Project Management topics. He has taught at Southern Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, and the University of Bridgeport. Research interests include: Systems Thinking, Project Management Integration, Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship

Sankovic, John

Dr. John M. Sankovic has a unique mix of experience in managing complex projects and educational development. He is presently Chief of the Space Operations Project Office at NASA Glenn Research Center. Over the past 23 years at NASA, Dr. Sankovic has served in various research and project management roles. Dr. Sankovicís strengths include understanding of the research and development process, developing technological innovation, program development and advocacy, and successful program implementation through team building. He is the author/co-author on over 50 papers and has received 23 NASA performance and achievement awards. Dr. Sankovic holds a BS (summa cum laude) and MS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron, and MBA from Cleveland State University, and an MS and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Ohio), and holds PMP certification by the Project Management Institute.

Dr. Sankovic is committed to education, and has served as the mentor of over 20 undergraduate and graduate students. He has co-authored a paper on innovative teaching and interdisciplinary skills development for engineers, and presently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in project management, operations management, and statistics.

Senese, John

Mr. Senese has 28 years of experience working for major multinational companies in the chemical, automotive and plastics industries, with 22 years directly focused in international business management.

He began his career in Alaska and moved to Cleveland in the late 1980s to join the international department at B.F. Goodrich. He spent the next 14 years progressing through increasingly responsible positions, including two expatriate assignments in Europe and a corporate role as managing director for their South America business. Mr. Senese subsequently joined Myers Industries as general manager of their international division, where he managed an organization consisting of 7 international and 2 domestic locations and sales in more than 100 countries around the world.

From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Senese served two consecutive two-year terms on the board of the Northern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC), an advisory group to the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center.

Stewart, David

David Stewart received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering where he was the captain of the CSU soccer team. After completing his bachelorís degree and working in the field of engineering, David returned to academia to obtain Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Cleveland State University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Cleveland State University.

David, a native of Texas, has years of experience in product development and project management working at companies including Magnetwork Manufacturing, Goodrich Aerospace, NASA, Fawcett Design and Moen Incorporated. In addition to working as a certified PMP project manager, David is presently teaching courses in Operations and Supply Chain Management at CSU.

Trunick, Perry

Professor Trunick has been actively involved in the logistics and supply chain management field for over 30 years, serving as editor of a number of leading transportation, logistics, and supply chain publications.

He is also a long-time member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, a member of the Institute of Supply Management, and a former member of the Society of Logistics Engineers. When he takes a break from supply chain management subjects, his personal interests include photography and home brewing.

Van Blargan, John

John Van Blargan received his B.S in Physics at John Carroll Univ, his MSEE at CSU, and his DrE Industrial Eng.-Quality at CSU. He has previously been employed by the City of Cleveland Division of Police and the General Electric Lighting Division.

John's research interests include the application of statistical and mathematical techniques to Quality. He has taught courses in Statistics, Design of Experiments, Lean Enterprise, Six Sigma, Discrete Simulation, Reliability Engineering, Continuous Improvement, and Engineering Economy. John's hobbies include genealogy and Computer techniques used in teaching.

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