World in View: Global Humanitarian Logistics - Role Play Case Study and Collective Reflection (Part 2)

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
  • Zoom link will be provided

A discussion led by Dr. Felisa Preciado Higgins (Penn State) and Dr. Zoila Yadira (Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá UTP).

These sessions will engage students in active discussions on the subject of mobilizing humanitarian aid during major crises. We will focus on how organizations manage resources and efforts to guarantee a coordinated, efficient, rapid and effective response to possible disasters around the world. Solving these types of problems is what we call humanitarian logistics. In these two sessions, we will discuss the main issues impacting global humanitarian logistics planning and execution. For example, how could essential supplies reach hundreds of thousands of people affected by a disaster in a remote area in the Andean region or on a Caribbean island? What possible challenges could emerge with access, communication, leadership coordination, and resource allocation? How could governments and organizations formulate proactive logistics strategies when the dissimilarities in the conditions from one disaster to the next make planning ahead difficult? Could lessons learned from a previous disaster apply to future adverse events? 

Dr. Felisa Preciado Higgins is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and a Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Smeal College of Business. As well as dealing with the pandemic, for the last year, Felisa has been researching ways to improve the food supply chain. Dr. Higgins holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University. Prior to joining Penn State, Felisa worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC), where she was responsible for implementing process improvement solutions and demand planning methods throughout Latin America. Her previous work experience also includes the automotive and apparel industries. Prior to assuming her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Higgins served as a 2016-2017 Administrative Fellow for the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.

Dr. Zoila Yadira Guerra de Castillo is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Research Leader of the Center for Innovation and Research in Logistics and Supply Chains at Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP). In her Research Leader role, she coordinates R&D with the purpose of building and evaluating innovative capabilities in academic institutions in collaboration with partners across Latin America. She also leads the university’s efforts in technology transfer and commercialization. Her research focuses on applied problems in Industrial Engineering, Port Optimization and Supply chain management. She is well-known in the international supply chain community as a champion for education and advancing access to global learning opportunities. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá.

Please note: Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. For this reason, each event is limited to 25 students and early registration is strongly encouraged. Schreyer Scholar participants will receive a complimentary electronic gift card; we ask that you stay for the full hour to be eligible.

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