Energy Supply Chain

Oct 26, 2021  |  Articles

The Increasing Role of Climate Change in Supply Chain Disruptions

Major supply chain disruptions due to weather-related incidents are on the rise, and one can’t dismiss these as a “once-in-a-century” event any more.  The Texas freeze and Hurricane Ida severely disrupted petrochemical production, which had a ripple effect on the […]

Jul 9, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Making Sense of the Post-Pandemic Economy… Will We Ever Return to “Normal”?

The first half of 2021 brought with it a wave of massive changes, as well as new disruptions that augmented the chaos surrounding the mass vaccinations in the United States.  What is becoming increasingly clear is that the US economy […]

May 11, 2021  |  Articles

State of Emergency: Rob Handfield Comments on Gas Shortage in North Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency on May 10 in response to the recent cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline causing a shutdown. Around North Carolina, many citizens are lining up at local gas pumps to fill up in preparation for a […]

Oct 3, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Biobased Economy Continues to Grow: USDA Secretary Announces NC State-Duke Study Results on Monday

I’m writing to share an exciting new report released today entitled “An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: 2016 Update.” This new report shows how the U.S. biobased industry continues to grow and generate substantial economic activity […]

May 23, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Biobased Product Market Growth is Tied to Performance…but Production Credits Will Help!

Unlocking growth in the biobased products sector is tied to the ability to unlock access to inexpensive sugar, derived from corn farming. The second element has to do with production credits. This has begun to emerge at the state level, […]

Feb 27, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Academics share insights about sustainable supply chains at NC State Workshop

I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of academic presentations today, as part of the Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chain Management Workshop for Early-Career Faculty.  During the morning, we heard from a number of individuals in a session […]

Dec 15, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Poole COM to host the 2nd Annual Workshop on Sustainable Supply Chain Management February 26 – 28, 2016

I am excited to announce an academic conference being hosted by Professor Eda Kemahlioglu Ziya and myself on sustainable supply chain management strategies in February.  This is a follow-on session to the first conference of this sort held at Georgia Tech […]

May 19, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Utility Supply Management Association Notes

I had the opportunity to speak to a group of utility companies and many of their direct suppliers at the annual Utility Supply Management Association in Savannah, Georgia, on Monday.  This was a great opportunity to share insights from our […]

Apr 10, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Post Award Contract Management with $40 Oil: Insights from Big Oil

I had the opportunity to host a good colleague of mine  in my supply chain relationships class this week.  We worked together years ago to help define the a baseline framework for strategic sourcing and category management that was deployed within […]

Apr 9, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Duke Energy CEO Talks About Leadership

Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s CEO, spoke at NC State this week, and shared her many thoughts on leadership and transformation.  Her vision for what is otherwise often considered a stable and boring industry, energy utilities, provided a great deal for […]