Ralph H. Sees

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Instructor of Supply Chain & Info Systems

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems
Office Address 427 Business Building
Phone Number 814-867-1989
Email Address rhs6@psu.edu

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Dr. Sees is an Associate Teaching Professor of the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department after a career as a military medical logistician spanning 27 years. Prior to joining the Smeal College, Ralph worked for a major defense contractor as the principal consultant assisting the Department of Defense (Health Affairs) in the development and adoption of a SAP-based Enterprise Resource Planning software application designed to support intermediate-level medical logistics operations. His expertise is in healthcare supply chain operations, focusing on the federal government sector. He has held positions ranging from tactical unit and installation-level hospital operations, to major command and control headquarters, to strategic medical supply chain oversight in support of recent military operations. He has extensive experience in developing and deploying supply chain information systems, including the deployment of the first microcomputer-based medical logistics system within the U.S. Army Medical Department, the development and fielding of the automated system managing supply, biomedical and facility maintenance, property accountability operations and the Enterprise Resource Planning system supporting DoD healthcare logistics. Dr. Sees is the 2001 Military Health System Program Executive Officer's Information Technology Professional of the Year, and was the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States 2004 Paul F. Truran Medical Materiel and Logistics Management Award recipient.


Ph D, Business Logistics, Pennsylvania State University, 1999

MBA, Comptrollership, Syracuse University, 1987

BA, Preprofessional Studies (Economics), University of Notre Dame, 1979

Courses Taught

SCM 301 – Sup Chn Mgt (3)
Management of logistics/supply chain processes. Not available to baccalaureate business students in Smeal. Not available to baccalaureate business students in Smeal.

SCM 406 – Strat Proc (3)
Analysis of strategic procurement in the supply chain. SCM 406 Strategic Procurement (3) SCM 406 provides an in-depth analysis of the procurement process and supplier management, with strong emphasis placed on managing a supplier base for both products and services. Elements examined include the strategic role of procurement in supply chains, the identification and evaluation of requirements, the strategic make-versus-buy decision, how to identify, evaluate, and select potential suppliers and conduct a post-purchase evaluation; and the impact of information technology on strategic procurement. Both theoretical and quantitative perspectives will be offered. In addition, the topics will be addressed from strategic, financial, and global perspectives. In light of these perspectives, the course objectives are to develop a comprehensive understanding of: (1) the supplier selection and evaluation process (2) the relationship between product design and the supplier base (3) the types of relationships that exist between buyers and sellers (4) the impact of information technology on strategic purchasing and supply management. Students will also develop skills in using quantitative tools to select and evaluate suppliers. This is the third of three prescribed foundation courses in the Supply Chain and Information Systems major.

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 494H – Research Project (3)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

SCM 597E – Supply Chain Financials (1)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may beoffered infrequently; several different topics may be tuaght in one year orsemester.

SCM 800 – Supply Chain Management (4)
Introduction to the strategic framework, issues, and methods for integratingsupply and demand management within and across companies.

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

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

SCM 404 – Demand Fulfillment (3)
Analysis of demand fulfillment and the role of distribution operations management in the supply chain.

SCM 406W – Strategic Procurement (3)
Analysis of strategic procurement in the supply chain.

Selected Publications

Sees R. H., "Book Review: Guide to Supply Chain Management: How Getting it Right Boosts Corporate Performance (The Economist).." Transportation Journal, (Transportation Journal), vol. 52, no. 4, 2013
Sees R. H., "Book Review: RFID and Auto-ID in Planning and Logistics: A Practical Guide for Military UID Application." Transportation Journal, (The Pennsylvania State University Press), vol. 51, no. 2, 2012, pp. 2