Felisa D. Higgins

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Associate Clinical Professor, Associate Dean

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 436 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-5882
Email Address fup2@psu.edu

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Expertise

Applications of Optimization in Healthcare

Education

Ph D, Industrial Engineering (Operations Research), Purdue University, 2003

MS, Industrial Engineering (Operations Research), Florida State University, 1997

BS, Industrial Engineering, Florida A&M University, 1995

Courses Taught

SCM 301 – Sup Chn Mgt (3)
SCM 301 is an introductory course that provides an overview of key logistics and supply chain management processes, concepts, and methodologies. Emphasis is given to the framework for supply chain management, the analysis of logistics cost, and service trade-offs among inventory, transportation, and warehousing activities, the strategic role of information technology in supply chains, the use of third-party logistics providers, and the methods of measuring the value of logistics performance. Instruction is based on problem-based learning pedagogy.

SCM 450 – Design and Mgt Sc (3)
Strategic design and management of supply chains. SCM 450W Strategic Design and Management of Supply Chains (3) This course is about the strategic design and effective operation of supply chains. It will help prepare you for supply chain management positions in manufacturing, distributing, and other service firms including providers of logistics services. The course focuses on the definition, as well as the application, of a single logic that guides the management of all the supply chain activities. Information decision support systems, primarily computer-based, provide the foundation for this logic. Because the determination of inventory locations and the control of inventory levels play a key role in this logic, we spend considerable time on these subjects. The last section of the course covers ways to lead and organize people to manage cross-firm and cross-functional relationships effectively. After completing this course, students should have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: • Articulate the process perspective and the total systems view of supply chain management, the impact of systems thinking on firm performance, and the nature of relationships supply chain networks. • Quantify the effect of strategic initiatives such as postponement and risk pooling on the financial performance of the firm, as well as on supply chain performance. • Use and apply selected quantitative tools useful in implementing supply chain strategies. • Explain the complex nature of human interaction needed to successfully introduce supply chain concepts in the firm.This is the prescribed capstone course for the Supply Chain and Information Systems major. It builds upon the fundamental supply chain knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in foundation and intermediate courses. Students must complete SCM 421 before taking this course. SCM 450W is a writing-intensive course. In addition to written assignments encompassing case studies, hands-on exercises, and examinations, student evaluations include oral presentations and class participation.

SCM 494H – Research Project (Variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

B A 302 – Supply Chains (3)
An overview of supply chain management for non-business majors focusing on the strategic importance of source, make and deliver processes.

BA 302 – SUPPLY CHAINS (3)
BA 302 provides non-business students with an introduction to the issues and decisions routinely faced by supply chain managers and the impact of effective supply chains on today's business environment. Using the Supply Chain Operations Reference model as a framework, this course considers how successful firms plan, integrate and execute sourcing, manufacturing, customer fulfillment, reverse logistics and sustainment processes across a complex marketplace to provide value to the customer. The course looks at the interplay and coordination of product, financial and information flows through a supply chain resulting in value creation for the customer and competitive advantage for the firm. Students will consider the roles of drivers such as cost, quality, time, flexibility, innovation and information sharing in designing supply chain strategies in support of overarching business strategies. Through detailed exploration of models, case studies and real world events, coupled with the application of operations management tools and techniques, the course provides the opportunity to identify and dissect issues, and develop solutions to supply chain challenges not only faced by today's business managers, but also impact the customer. The course examines supply chain organization, implementation and management planning, the evaluation and control of manufacturing processes, and the execution of supplier and customer management activities. Students will use basic information technologies and programs to leverage tools like business process mapping, value indexing, and total cost analysis to aid in the identification and mitigation of supply chain issues in a global business environment. Students will also be exposed to current supply chain issues such as sustainability and the impact of boundary-spanning information technologies as relevant keys to competitive advantage. The course provides the basic supply chain knowledge and skills necessary for the non-business major to be an effective member of a cross functional team in a professional business environment while providing a level of understanding to benefit the student in navigating the complex customer fulfillment issues present as a consumer of goods and services in today's globally connected marketplace. A student may not receive credit towards graduation for both BA 302 and and SCM 301.

SCM 450W – Design and Mgt Sc (3)
Strategic design and management of supply chains. SCM 450W Strategic Design and Management of Supply Chains (3) This course is about the strategic design and effective operation of supply chains. It will help prepare you for supply chain management positions in manufacturing, distributing, and other service firms including providers of logistics services. The course focuses on the definition, as well as the application, of a single logic that guides the management of all the supply chain activities. Information decision support systems, primarily computer-based, provide the foundation for this logic. Because the determination of inventory locations and the control of inventory levels play a key role in this logic, we spend considerable time on these subjects. The last section of the course covers ways to lead and organize people to manage cross-firm and cross-functional relationships effectively. After completing this course, students should have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: • Articulate the process perspective and the total systems view of supply chain management, the impact of systems thinking on firm performance, and the nature of relationships supply chain networks. • Quantify the effect of strategic initiatives such as postponement and risk pooling on the financial performance of the firm, as well as on supply chain performance. • Use and apply selected quantitative tools useful in implementing supply chain strategies. • Explain the complex nature of human interaction needed to successfully introduce supply chain concepts in the firm.This is the prescribed capstone course for the Supply Chain and Information Systems major. It builds upon the fundamental supply chain knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in foundation and intermediate courses. Students must complete SCM 421 before taking this course. SCM 450W is a writing-intensive course. In addition to written assignments encompassing case studies, hands-on exercises, and examinations, student evaluations include oral presentations and class participation.

SCM 496 – Independent Studies (3)
Creative projects, including research and design, that are supervised on an individual basis and that fall outside the scope of formal courses.

B A 297C – Leadership Development - Sapphire (1)
This course introduces students to key leadership concepts and facilitates students' creation of leadership development proposals.

PSU 006 – First-Year Seminar Business (1)
Facilitate student's adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life.

HIST 299 – Foreign Studies (3)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

I B 399 – Foreign Studies (3)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

PORT 199 – Foreign Studies (3)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

PORT 299 – Foreign Studies (3)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

B A 302H – Supply Chains (2)
Introduction to key elements and strategic importance of supply chain networks.

Selected Publications

Tuncel A. T., Preciado F. D., Rardin R. L., Langer M., Richard J. P., "Strong valid inequalities for fluence map optimization problem under dose-volume restrictions." Annals of Operations Research, 2010, springerlink.com.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/content/p6028712l51393h6/
This work was supported in part by NCI STTR grant number 1 R01 CA12345-01.
Preciado-Walters F., Rardin R. L., Langer M., Thai V. P., "Column Generation for IMRT Cancer Therapy Optimization with Implementable Segments." Annals of Operations Research, 2006
Preciado-Walters F., Rardin R. L., Langer M., Thai V. P., "A Coupled Column Generation, Mixed-Integer Approach to Optimal Planning of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Cancer." Msthematical Programming B, 2004
Preciado-Walters F., Rardin R. L., Langer M., Thai V. P., "IMRT Optimization with Directly Implementable Segments." Medical Physics, 2003
Rardin R. L., Langer M., Preciado-Walters F., Thai V. P., "The Importance of Developing Good Error Bounds for IMRT Treatment Planning." Medical Physics, 2002

Research Impact and Media Mention

""Challenges, Opportunities and Evolution of Supply Chains"", La Estrella de Panama, Republic of Panama, Newspaper, www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/190930/retos-cadena-evolucion-suministro-oportunidades