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Since its creation in 1997, the Boeing Center for Technology, Information & Manufacturing (BCTIM) has established itself as one of the prominent supply chain management and operational excellence research centers worldwide. The Boeing Center has been focused from the very beginning on leveraging the synergies in the junction and three-way interaction of:  (a) top research faculty at a world-class university with strong expertise in operations and supply chain management; (b) intelligent and creative students across a wide variety of programs (from undergraduate, MBA and specialized masters, and doctoral programs); and (c) engaged corporate partners and experienced executives with a strong commitment to developing operational excellence and world-class supply chain practices.

In an effort to further enhance the engagement of our corporate partners in our center’s activities, and to seek the insightful guidance of high-level operations and supply chain executives, we have assembled an Advisory Board of the Boeing Center. The Advisory Board will provide the center with advice on future initiatives and ensure that its research remains timely and relevant, its events are engaging and well-attended, and that it continues to deliver value for our member companies, our faculty, and our students. We are thankful to all the executives from our member companies who agreed to be part of our Advisory Board!

Without further ado, CLICK HERE to see the new Boeing Center Advisory Board.

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Experiments in the new organizational behavioral lab will not involve furry little creatures. Subjects will be a two-legged species that can be found in classrooms, libraries and dorms on campus. Yes, faculty and PhDs will study human students in this cool new lab with two-way mirrors, face recognition technology, and cameras every where. Joe Goodman, associate marketing professor gives us a tour of the new Taylor Lab and expanded Organizational Behavior Lab in the lower level of Simon Hall.

Located in the former BSBA program offices, the spacious new lab was completed this summer as part of Phase II of the Simon Hall renovations that began in the summer of 2014. Tarlton Corp., the St. Louis-based general contractor, responsible for the renovations and the construction of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, published a news release about the Simon Hall project that stretched from May Auditorium to the Cupola. Link to news release

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tarlton completes Washington University project

Image: The tears of the lab mouse, by Elizabeth, From The Mouse written and illustrated by Iliane Roels, Grosset & Dunlap,1969, Flickr Creative Commons.

The clatter of silverware on dishes gradually died down as attention was directed to the front of the room.  For months, anticipation had been building and now it was time for Professor Danko Turcic to present his research to leaders of St. Louis business and industry. After Senior Associate Dean Todd Milbourn’s glowing introduction, a hush fell over the audience, the projector flashed to life, and Praxis Luncheon Series No. 7 was underway.

Praxis WideAt one of the tables, Professor Panos Kouvelis, director of BCTIM and co-author of the featured paper titled “Hedging Commodity Procurement in a Bilateral Supply Chain,” looked on with a nod of approval. Around the room, he observed brows furrowed in concentration and eyes squinting to focus on plotted lines dancing between X and Y axes like butterflies on a barbed wire fence. The research was complex and timely, thus it’s selection for the Praxis series, but the purpose of the presentation was to cover the salient points so as to give the audience some practical knowledge to carry back to the workplace.

Kouvelis, Turcic, Mahone, Milbourn (L-R)

Kouvelis, Turcic, Mahone, Milbourn (L-R)

After the presentation, the visitors departed one-by-one like vibrant autumn leaves falling from their branches. A handful remained in hopes of gleaning a few more drops of wisdom from the authors, and from Richard Mahoney, the benefactor of the Praxis series.

But soon, even they had sufficiently sated their thirst for knowledge, so they shook hands with Dorothy Kittner, the event’s organizer, and made their way out of the Knight Center and onto the pristine Washington University campus.

As the door closed behind the last to exit, the lights dimmed and the room was once again enveloped in silence.  And through the windows, the hopeful light of the midday sun cast wineglass-shaped shadows across the white tablecloths and onto the floor.

By Evan Dalton

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From the top of the cupola tower to the lower level of Simon Hall, Tarlton construction teams have been busy renovating Simon Hall this summer. The transformation of the former Weston Career Center, BSBA program offices, and McWilliams Computer Lab on the lower level will be complete by mid-August. We got a preview – click on the video above. Six new classrooms, a new Taylor Lab for Marketing Research, and a new north side entrance to Simon with a stairway to the lower level are all part of the facelift.

Check back here in a couple of weeks to see the completion of Phase II of Simon Hall’s renovations.

The Journal of the American Institute of Architects posts an article June 18, 2015, about the construction of the five-story glass Atrium in the new Knight Hall and Bauer Hall. Read the article here: “Washington University’s Olin Business School’s new buildings feature Super Sky skylights finished by Linetec”.


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