Our Mission

The Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation is focused on talent development, innovation, and practices and methods to drive an efficient supply chain.

About the Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation

The Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation at the Rady School of Management provides crucial insights and education to industry partners, executives, policymakers and the greater community. The institute is focused on industry collaboration, the application of research for practical problem solving, and educating the next generation of leaders who will shape and transform the industry.

Education Focus

Rady School of Management faculty are internationally recognized as thought leaders and experts in their fields, ranking 1st in Intellectual Capital by BusinessWeek and in the top 20 for faculty research by the Financial Times. These academic leaders established the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) at the Rady School - one of the few established programs in supply chain analytics. Using the latest technologies in collaboration, learning, simulation and information technologies, institute faculty lead the executive and managerial education with the goal of developing world-class and highly-effective managers as well as focused education and training for organizations. Participating organizations gain improved performance and competitive position through facilitated and accelerated sessions for strategy development, process improvement, problem solving and model building. The institute’s education and programs are aimed at high-quality students from across the globe who add value to their companies and excel in their careers.

Industry and Community Partnerships

The institute connects industry executives and policymakers with innovative faculty research and talented graduate students to share and develop novel approaches to supply chain management. The institute works closely with industry and community partners through its education efforts, research application and knowledge sharing at symposia, seminars and networking events. The institute’s industry partners gain access to graduate students in the Rady School’s MBA and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs who can add value through research projects and internships. In addition, the institute works to assist policymakers to make better decisions by providing economic, trade and social analysis.

Institute Advisory Board

The advisory board is comprised of accomplished professionals who play a critical role in guiding the mission and strategies of the institute. Board members provide ideas and input into institute initiatives and are active participants in institute symposia, executive education courses and workshops. Most crucially, board members directly share their experience and knowledge with institute students through guest lectures, networking, internships and student projects.

Board Members

Jimmy Anklesaria, Anklesaria Group
Piyush Bhargava, Dell
Tom Derry, Institute for Supply Management
Chris Gopal
Shahid Javed, Jones Lang LaSalle
Marika Lindstrom, Unilever
Tom Linton, Flextronics
Lisa Martin, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Paul Massih, BP
Brawnesh Mathur, Creation Technology
Mark Messow, ABB
John Proverbs, KLA Tencor
Adam Ryan, THINK Procurement
Joe Sandor, Michigan State University
Mark Utter, Qualcomm
Susanna Zhu, Hershey’s

Institute Faculty

Hyoduk “Shin” Shin

Associate Professor of Innovation, Technology and Operation, Rady School of Management
Shin’s research is focused on forecasting and supply chain management, innovations in supply management, competitive strategies under operational constraints, economics of information technology, and software and digital goods. Shin earned his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, an MS in Statistics at the University of Chicago and MS in Management Engineering at KAIST Graduate School of Management and a BS in Industrial Engineering, KAIST.

Vish Krishnan

Sheryl and Harvey White Endowed Chair, Professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations, Rady School of Management
Krishnan is an accomplished scholar and a three-time winner of the Most Valuable Professor award with substantial industry and entrepreneurial experience. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from MIT and is currently Chaired Professor and a founding faculty at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management and a Visiting Professor at MIT. Krishnan has also been a visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School, and has co-authored some of the most cited articles on the topics of innovation and growth strategy. He has served in editorial roles of prestigious management journals and on the Wall Street Journal and Cisco CIO forums. Krishnan’s work with Dell Computer has been documented as a Harvard Business School case study and taught at a number of top universities. His work with 3M resulted in an appearance on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He has worked closely with the senior executive leadership at Qualcomm, Sony, Nissan, Zeiss and serves on the advisory boards of several California startups.

Terence (Terry) August

Associate Professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations, Rady School of Management
August has taught operations management and business analytics at the Rady School of Management for the past decade. He has been recognized by MBA students with six teaching awards and by UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates with a faculty excellence award for graduate teaching. Currently, he co-directs the MS program in Business Analytics at the Rady School. His research lies primarily within the disciplines of information systems and operations management. He was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2010 for his work on the control of information security risk using economic incentives and the Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award in 2016 for his contributions to the field of information systems. August received his Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in financial mathematics from Stanford, and both MS and BE degrees in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt. He has worked in product development and manufacturing operations for the Clorox Services Company, software engineering for QuickBlocks, Inc., and provided professional IT services for Honeywell and Time Warner. Recently, he has consulted on healthcare operations for San Diego healthcare organizations.

Christopher Gopal, Ph.D.

Executive Consultant and Educator
Gopal has over 30 years executive and consulting experience in global supply chain and operations, technology and innovation and is recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the field. He is an advisory board member at various companies and his industry/executive positions have included: VP in WW Operations at Dell Computer, Global Director and Senior Partner at Ernst & Young Global Supply Chain and Operations Consulting, and held Executive VP positions at Overland Storage, Unisys and SAIC. He is the co-author of three books on supply chain and operations management, an invited speaker and panelist at major forums (including Harvard Business Review, Miliken World Forum, IATA and New America Foundation) and has been featured and quoted in several international publications including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review and Le Monde. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK.