Walter Zinn, MBLE featured in ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?

Published: 2014-04-23

The spring issue of ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?, a publication of The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, features an article on Walter Zinn, professor of logistics and chair of Fisher's Department of Marketing and Logistics, as well as opportunities in supply chain logistics and Fisher's Master in Business Logistics Engineering program. See the excerpt below and read the full story.

Walter Zinn: Supply Chain Logistics
Opportunities for Latinos

By Francisco X. Gómez-Bellengé, Associate to the Dean, Fisher College of Business

Professor Walter Zinn grew up in the melting pot of São Paulo, Brazil's largest city. Although Brazil was originally a Portuguese colony and Portuguese is the official language, Zinn's friends' families came not only from Portugal, but also from Europe and Japan. His friends saw themselves as Brazilians, but people also kept their traditions.

When he settled in the United States, he realized what an advantage growing up in a multicultural environment had been. He could adapt to any situation and be more appreciative of people from different backgrounds. This multi-ethnic experience also provided a huge advantage professionally because he understands that being different is fine. This also helped him adapt to the United States when he went to graduate school.

Professor Zinn did his undergraduate degree at Fundação Getulio Vargas, one of Brazil's most prestigious colleges. When he took a class in logistics, he began to apprehend the social import of supply chains and the role that wholesalers play.