John C. Spychalski

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Professor Emeritus

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 486 Business Building
Phone Number 814-865-2872
Email Address

Dr. Spychalski's teaching and research interests focus on the transportation components of logistics/supply chain systems, including the management, economics, public policy, and history of transport, and management of the procurement of transport services. Dr. Spychalski has authored articles, chapters in books, and papers on a wide range of topcis within the transport sphere, and has been a presenter of papers and a panelist at professional meetings and seminars in the United States, Canada, Hungary, and Sweden. Dr. Spychalski served as chairman of the Department of Business Logistics within Penn State's Smeal College of Business Administration from July 1982 through June 1998.


Transport policy. Transport management. Transport economics. Railroads. Urban transit systems.

Courses Taught

SCM 494H (99.9)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

Selected Publications

Spychalski J. C., Thomchick E. A., "Drivers of intermodal rail freight growth in North America." European Jouranl of Transportation Infrastructure Research, vol. 9, no. 1, 2009, pp. 63-82
Tyworth J. E., Spychalski J. C., Reinschmidt A., "The Role of FRA Track Safety Standards in the Decision Framework for Maintenance-of-Way Spending." ICC Practitioners Journal, vol. 48, no. 4, 1981