Supply Chain Management Executive Education

Module 2: Supply Chain Optimization

Marquette University's Center for Supply Chain Management is pleased to offer the second of three Supply Chain Management Executive Education modules: Supply Chain Optimization.

Date & Time

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Friday, January 17
Times TBA


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Marquette University, Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202



Objectives and Benefits

  • Quantify the financial and competitive value of
    supply chain improvements.
  • Understand key supply chain system trade-offs
    between capacity, lead times, inventory, and
    customer service.
  • Optimize inventories in a multi-echelon distribution
  • Establish optimal lot size, safety stock and reorder
    point parameters.
  • Leverage the configuration of your ERP system to
    fit the needs of different business types (make-to-
    stock, assemble-to-order, configure-to-order,
    engineer-to-order, make-to-order)

Targeted Issues

  • Inventory optimization
  • Risk and uncertainty management
  • Outsourcing
  • Multi-echelon inventory systems
  • Financial justifications

Course Instructors

  • Dr. James A. Rappold
  • Pedro Rodriguez

About the Instructors:

Dr. James Rappold is the president of Supply Chain Sciences, Inc. a supply chain management consultancy and developer of advanced decision support software. Dr. Rappold was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and College of Engineering where he also served as the program director of supply chain executive education. He has published research articles in Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and other academic journals. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He holds a BS in Industrial Management and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS and PhD in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University

Pedro Rodriguez is the managing director of Supply Chain Sciences, Inc. Mr. Rodriguez is the former Director of Global Materials Planning at Rockwell Automation based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin responsible for over $500 million in global inventory. Pedro has led teams in procurement, strategic sourcing, operations, materials planning, logistics, and supply chain lean six sigma in the automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment and automation industries. He has also served as an engineering officer in the Spanish Merchant Marine. He has taught executive education programs at the UW-Madison, Lehigh University, and Rollins College. Pedro holds a BS in Marine Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, and MS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

For additional information about this course and updates on dates and locations for the two additional modules - (Supply Chain Optimization and Supply Chain Collaboration) to be offered in 2020, please visit Marquette University Center for Supply Chain - Executive Education or contact the Marquette University Center for Supply Chain Management at (414) 288-7089.