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heschel-poonAlumnus Michael S. Heschel, MBA, receives the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2011 Alumni Awards and Dean's Dinner held on Oct. 28.

November 7, 2011

In This Issue

Fisher faculty receive National Science Foundation grant

Fisher News Video: Highlights of the national middle market research, summit

MBAs win supply chain competition for second year in a row

Fisher News Video: Introducing Fisher's new faculty

Fisher alumnus shares job experiences during Sophomore Speaker Series

Fisher People: Nadia Howard

Fisher In The News

Ken Boyer-CNBC.com

Steffanie Wilk-The Wall Street Journal

Christine Poon-Smart Business Columbus

Michael Weisbach-Frankly Speaking


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November 14, 2011
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November 16, 2011
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Fisher faculty receive National Science Foundation research grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a research grant to Michael Leiblein to study innovation and production sourcing decisions in the semiconductor industry.

The research will examine innovation strategies in the areas of outsourcing and offshoring and how resource allocation and organization decisions involved with those strategies impact company performance.

"These are important investment decisions and an area that has not received in-depth, critical study," said Leiblein, associate professor of management and corporate strategy in the Department of Management and Human Resources."This research will contribute to both managerial decision-making and public policy. It will also develop protocols for a publicly available database of information describing financial and organizational decisions in this industry."

John Gray, an assistant professor in operations at Fisher, was co-investigator for the $342,000 grant.

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Fisher News Video: Highlights of national middle market research, summit



Highlights from the National Middle Market Summit hosted by Fisher and GE Capital are featured.

MBAs win supply chain competition for second year in a row

MBA students Bart Fredric, Tim Renner and Kaushik Sriniyas defended Fisher’s title last weekend in the second annual Michigan State University Graduate Supply Chain Challenge. Fisher’s team was coached by Marc Ankerman. The team was awarded a $5,000 cash prize.

“Foreshadowing this weekend's victory in football, our team won first place again this year, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison placing second and Georgia Institute of Technology placing third,’ said Karen Wruck, associate dean for graduate programs. “In keeping with our tradition of supporting future case competitions, the team is donating 50 percent of the cash prize toward that purpose.”

Unlike traditional MBA case competitions, this event introduced a simulated real-time competitive supply chain strategy environment (the Supply Chain Operations Decision Environment or SCODE) that objectively assessed the skills of each MBA team to design and manage dynamic supply chains against a common scenario.

Other MBA programs that competed were Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, University of Maryland, and Michigan State University. 

This invitation-only event required teams from the top 15 MBA schools in logistics and supply chain to compete in a scenario-based case competition over two days in East Lansing.  Sponsors of the event included, ArcelorMittal, ConocoPhillips, Dow, Ford Motor Co., the GM Foundation, Intel, John Deere, Northrop Grumman and Shell.

Fisher News Video: Introducing Fisher's new faculty

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This is the second in a series of video introductions from new faculty members who joined the Fisher community this year. Click on the video links above to view the brief greetings from David Cleeton, visiting professor, Department of Finance, and Nino Hardt, assistant professor of marketing.

Fisher alumnus shares job experiences during Sophomore Speaker Series

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Fisher alumnus Andre Guzman, IT project manager for Eaton, gives students insight into the company during the Sophomore Speaker Series.

Over the last five years, approximately 140 speakers, many Fisher alumni, have shared with students the secrets of their success during the Sophomore Speakers Series. The series was created by Nancy Lahmers, director of the Honors Cohort program, Rao Unnava, associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Judy Tansky, senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Human Resources.

Andre Guzman, who graduated with a degree in Accounting and MIS from Fisher, was among the first students to participate in the class in the Autumn of 2006, according to Lahmers.

"We have encouraged students to contact us once they are in the workplace and are ready to return to class as a presenter," Lahmers said. "This summer Andre called from Eaton."

Additionally, Lahmers has tried to identify a senior to introduce the guest speaker and to serve as a role model to sophomores. Guzman was introduced to the class by Matthew Spring, a fourth-year student and former speaker series alum, who interned at Eaton and will begin work full time in the spring of 2012.

"We have a perfect storm of finding someone with a connection to the company," Lahmers said. "I really like the self-sustaining idea of a current generation passing on to the next."

Fisher People: Nadia Howard

Title: Program Assistant, Department of Management Sciences

Hobbies: "I am a single mother of two amazing daughters. They are the joy to my life and I am excited about my oldest daughter's senior year. Preparing them for the next stages in their lives brings me joy."

Fisher Lure: "Fisher has a diverse group of people that I have found intriguing and I have enjoyed getting to know."

 

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