Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Evelyn Thomchick serves as an associate professor of supply chain management at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. She teaches strategic procurement at the undergraduate level and in the online graduate-level program for Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in the Supply Chain Management Program.
Thomchick has been published in such leading journals as the Transportation Journal, The International Journal of Logistics Management, the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and The Journal of Supply Chain Management. She was recently selected to be the editor of the Transportation Journal and was elected as a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.
In 2006, she was the recipient of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals’ inaugural teaching innovation award for introducing problem-based learning into her teaching. Thomchick currently serves as a research affiliate at the Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) in the College of Engineering and Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research at Penn State.
Thomchick earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University and a master’s degree in management and a Ph.D. in engineering management from Clemson University.
- International logistics
- Transportation policy
- Logistics education and skills
- Integrating Ethanol into the Petroleum Supply Chain
- A group of researchers from Smeal take an in-depth look at the integration of ethanol into the existing petroleum supply chain and identify five strategic priorities for policy makers, managers, and other researchers. From consolidation terminals to the efficient and cost-effective transportation of ethanol, their study serves as a foundation for this current shift.
- Strategies for Sustainable Freight Transportation
- Among an array of logistics activities, the most environmentally damaging is extensive freight transportation. According to recent study by Smeal's Evelyn Thomchick and co-author Kusumal Ruamsook, visiting research associate at Smeal, the future of freight transportation will involve a balancing act between economic welfare and environmental sustainability. In order to strike this balance, and assure long-term success, the researchers insist on a wider adoption of sustainable efforts, with support from both the public and private sectors.
- Study Targets International Sourcing Issues to Improve Logistics Performance
- After examining issues surrounding sourcing from low-cost countries (LCCs), a group of researchers from Smeal determine the areas of greatest concern to logistics managers. Their results help firms understand which issues should be top priorities to improve logistics performance when dealing with suppliers in LCCs.