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About the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation: Developing Sustainable Solutions.

The Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation is a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, the MRIVCC conducts cross-disciplinary research, with input from our corporate partners, in areas such as value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety.

Partners for Success

Blending strong interdisciplinary capabilities, MRIVCC partners with several organizations to ensure its research and other activities cover all facets of value chain creation. A Technical Advisory Board comprised of MSU and corporate partners helps set the MRIVCC research agenda.

Resource management, analytics, security and sustainability
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Eli Broad College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Social Science
School of Criminal Justice
School of Packaging
BEACON: An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution of Action

Comprehensive leadership
MSU Department of Supply Chain Management

Additional support
Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation
The Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Foundation
Dow Corning Corporation
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
Michigan State University
Charles J. Strosacker Foundation

Educational Focus

The MRIVCC offers several educational opportunities to advance knowledge of value chain creation:

  • Graduate studies
  • Non-degree courses
  • Lectures
  • Seminars – online and in Midland

Our Vision

The Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation facilitates effective, sustainable value chains that provide both a competitive advantage for America and a critical path for the world to respond more successfully to human need. The institute provides Midland and the Mid-Michigan region with world-class research and teaching programs that enhance value for stakeholders.

Advisory Boards

The Executive and Technical Advisory Boards provide leadership and direction for the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation. Members of the committees include:

  • Dave Asiala, The Dow Chemical Company, Business Services IT
  • Dr. Doug Buhler, Michigan State University, Director, MSU AgBioResearch & Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
  • Dr. David Closs, Michigan State University, Chairperson, Department of Supply Chain Management
  • Clark Cummings, The Dow Chemical Company, R&D Director – Intellectual Capital and Strategic Accounts
  • Patricia Dean, The Dow Chemical Company, Director of Quality for the Dow Performance Silicones Business
  • Katherine Franz, Michigan State University, Executive Director, MRIVCC
  • Dan Futter, The Dow Chemical Company, Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Experience at Dow Performance Silicones
  • Tom Gurd, The Dow Chemical Company, Corporate Vice President Integrated Supply Chain
  • Brad Gray, The Dow Chemical Company, Vice President, Global Purchasing
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Michigan State University, Dean, Eli Broad College of Business
  • Dr. Tim Hogan, Michigan State University, Research Director, MRIVCC
  • Greg Jozwiak, The Dow Chemical Company, Business President, Dow Elastomers, Electrical and Telecommunications
  • Dr. Leo Kempel, Michigan State University, Dean, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Fred Rodammer, Michigan State University, Assistant Professor, Accounting & Information Systems
  • Dr. Joan Rose, Michigan State University, Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Dr. Vallabh Sambamurthy, Michigan State University, Chairperson, Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Dr. Susan Selke, Michigan State University, Director, School of Packaging
  • Dr. John P. Verboncoeur, Michigan State University, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
  • Dr. John Wassick, The Dow Chemical Company, Fellow, Supply Chain Expertise Center

Staff

Bahar Aliakbarian, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Tel: 989‐423‐2049
Email: bahara@msu.edu

Donald L. Buchalski
Business Development Director
Tel: 989‐423‐2048
Email: dbuchal@msu.edu

Katherine A. Franz
Executive Director
Tel: 989‐423‐2045
Email: kfranz@msu.edu

Amanpreet Kaur, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Tel: 989‐423‐2047
Email: kaurama1@msu.edu

Karol Miller
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 989‐423-2046
Email: mill2785@msu.edu


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