Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Supply Chain Management

Among the Elite for Supply Chain Management:
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Undergraduate Majors | Supply Chain MBA Electives | MS in Supply Chain | PhD in Supply Chain

  • Undergraduate Supply Chain Management #9 (US News)
  • Full-Time MBA Supply Chain Focus #18 (US News)

What is Supply Chain Management?

Supply chain management (SCM) is the management of the flow of goods. It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. Previously referred to as “logistics and transportation,” SCM is now the preferred name for this skyrocketing industry.

Supply Chain Management Focus 

Students can study supply chain management on all levels at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business – undergraduateMBAMaster of Science, and PhD. Housed in the school’s department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy; supply chain management has become an increasingly popular area of study and a very successful one. SCM is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Smith in the top 10 for supply chain management. The Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), run by Smith's top-ranked supply chain faculty, delivers cutting-edge solutions to private industry and government clients.

Smith is a recruiting stop for many large companies focused on supply chain management.  For over twenty years the Smith school hosts a key supply chain event Supply Chain Industry Day, welcoming companies like Avendra, C. H. Robinson, CIA, Danaher, DuPont, Hilti, J. B. Hunt, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Nestle, Northrop Grumman, PepsiCo, Ruan, Stanley Black & Decker, Starbucks, Target, Textron, Unilever, UPS, W. L. Gore and more. For Spring 2015, Smith will host a Supply Chain Coffee House night which will be held on Wednesday, February 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the third floor atrium in Van Munching Hall - registration is now open.

The Supply Chain Management Fellows Program offers students a unique opportunity for learning both within the Smith School and with external Supply Chain professionals. As part of a top-ranked program, students have the opportunity to take core classes together, participate as leaders in the Supply Chain Management Society, visit regional facilities and operations, sign up for a class that explores international or North American processes, and network at local and annual meetings of leading industry professional organizations. By combining classroom learning with networking opportunities in the professional community, Supply Chain Management Fellow can take advantage of a unique opportunity to build knowledge of the profession and create a foundation for a networked career. 

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Heidi Celebi

Heidi began the program in Fall 2011. Her current research interest in empirical operations management is inventory management of substitutable products.  Her ongoing work has been presented at Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). Heidi's previous research on motor carrier safety performance has been presented at the Transportation Research Forum and published in Transportation Research, part e.

Smith School Business Summit Addresses Innovation

On March 28, 2014, at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md., students, faculty and business professionals met for the third annual Smith School Business Summit. This year’s theme looked at innovation as an essential building block for the prosperity and survival of corporations. With more than 600 registered attendants, it was the largest Summit yet.



On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland held its annual Supply Chain Industry Day, a three-part networking event for students in the supply chain management major. Read more.


Smith's annual Industry Day is organized by students in the undergraduate Supply Chain Management Society and supply chain and logistics faculty. In addition to the morning program honoring Mike Roth of Amazon, the day included a luncheon for employers and undergraduate students, and an afternoon career fair. Representatives and recruiters from more than 30 companies participated in the 2012 event.


The Supply Chain Management program hosted the 18th Annual Industry Day on October 15, 2010. The day included networking events, a career fair and a ceremony to honor Mark Holifield as the "2010 Person of the Year". Holifield is the senior vice president of global supply chain for the Home Depot.

Past Events


Students, Recruiters take part in Annual Industry Day
On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland held its annual Supply Chain Industry Day, a three-part networking event for students in the supply chain management major. Industry Day hosted recruiters from many of the foremost companies within the supply chain field, including PepsiCo, DuPont USA, Danaher, Unilever, W.L. Gore, JB Hunt, Hilti, Avendra, Johnson & Johnson, Dominos, Target, JDA Software, PPG, Luxottica, The Home Depot, ABC Rental, CIA, McCormick, and Northrop Grumman.


Smith School Honors Walmart’s Logistics Leader
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today honored Chris Sultemeier, executive vice president of logistics for Walmart U.S., as the 2013 “Person of the Year” in the supply chain and logistics industry. Students and faculty recognized him at Smith’s 21st annual Industry Day, a career and networking event that highlights the school’s top-ranked supply chain management program and its relationships with top companies.


UMD Smith School of Business Honors Amazon.com’s Supply Chain Head
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today named Michael Roth, vice president of North American Operations at Amazon.com, as the 2012 “Person of the Year.” Roth was recognized by students and faculty at Smith’s 20th annual Industry Day career and networking event.

Person of the Year Awards

Former person of the year award winners:

  • Chris Sultemeier, Executive Vice President, Logistics North America, Walmart
  • Mike Roth, Vice President of Operations, Amazon
  • Mark Holified, SVP of Global Supply Chain, The Home Depot
  • Peter Gibbons, EVP of Global Supply Chain, Starbucks
  • John D. Porcari, Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Jock Menzies, President, Terminal Corporation 
  • Rick Blasgen, President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • Edward Emmett, President, National Industrial Transportation League
  • Herb Johnson, Past President, Council of Logistics Management
  • Don Schneider, President, Schneider National Inc.
  • Michael J. Ward, Chairman, President, and CEO, CSX Corp.
  • Linda Morgan, Former Chair, Surface Transportation Board and the Interstate Commerce Commission
  • Jeffrey Crowe, Chairman, Landstar System Inc.
  • Ro Parra, SVP, Dell Corp
  • Ron Widdows, Chief Executive, APL Ltd.
  • Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation


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