Ralph H. Sees

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Instructor of 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 instructor 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 recepient.


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

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

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

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

SCM 301 – Supply Chain Management (3)
Supply chain management concepts, principles, and methodologies.

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.

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.

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.