Supply Chain Management department adds 2 full-time faculty

The Mike Ilitch School of Business recently added two faculty members to its supply chain management department: Hakan Yildiz and Jeffrey Rightmer.

Hakan Yildiz

Yildiz comes to Wayne State from Michigan State University where he was an assistant professor in the department of supply chain management at the Eli Broad College of Business. He earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Bilkent University and a M.S. & Ph.D in operations research from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. Yildz's research focuses on logistics, optimization, supply chain risk management, resource management in service operations, talent supply chain management. 

His work has been published in the International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operational Research, Decision Sciences Journal and Naval Research Logistics. Additionally, he has completed research projects in collaboration with several companies including the Lear Corporation, Major League Baseball and Dow Chemical Company.

Yildiz has taught courses on logistics and supply chain management at Carnegie Mellon and MSU.

Jeffrey Rightmer

A former lecturer at Central Michigan University's College of Business Administration, Rightmer earned his Ph.D in supply chain management with a focus on the U.S. automotive industry from Lawerence Technological University. He brings over 25 years of experience in operations management in a variety of industries, including supply chain management, production planning and control, and software implementation. 

Since 2007, Rightmer has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level. Prior to CMU, he was an instructor at Saginaw Valley State and Lawrence Tech. His previously taught courses include operations management, operations strategy and integrated supply chain management. 

Rightmer received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 1983.

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