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Nov 2017 PDM

November 15, 2017
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

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Infusino’s Banquet Hall
3201 Rapids Drive
Racine, WI 53404
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Creating Disaster Resilient Communities: Through the Lens of Project Management.


Recently, we have seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey and Irma have brought to towns in Texas and Florida. Also, locally in the Racine/Kenosha area, we saw how the heavy downpour in July flooded out homes and small businesses. Disasters can often be the last straw that breaks a vulnerable family, a small business or even a community.  To recover post-disaster can be very expensive. It is far better to invest resources in ensuring that individuals, families, and communities are, to begin with, resilient to disasters.  In this presentation, I will be looking at a number of disasters in India to develop a model for disaster resiliency. This model relies upon project management methodology and the role of groups.


About the Presenter:

Sameer Prasad ( is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He has published extensively in the area of quality, supply chain management, and international management. His research has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, etc. Currently, Sameer is a board member of IDSUSA.ORG, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the very poor in India.


Student Presentations

Sameer is currently teaching a capstone class for the supply chain major at UWW entitled Global Operations Strategy. In this class, he has students working on real "live" international projects. The students are expected to blend cutting-edge research with supply chain concepts to solve international operational problems.  At the dinner meeting, there will be three projects presented to the RAKES community through poster board presentations.  All the three projects rely upon supply chain methodology in providing education and healthcare services to vulnerable communities in India.


Sodhana Charitable Trust.  Austin Meyer, Bridget Riegert,  Andrew Suvaka, and Logan Turk and working with the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Harris Borra of Sodhana Charitable Trust will be documenting a rural health care system that has recently been developed. The students will be using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to capture spatial elements of the healthcare supply network. Furthermore, they will be relying upon ISO to document the rural health care processes.  The model will serve as a basis for continued propagation and may be adopted by the state of Andhra Pradesh.


India Pollution Control Association. Currently, a network of five healthcare and educational facilities exist to care for approximately 250 rag-pickers’ children in the National Capital Region of India. 

A. Patrick Dulaney, Daniel Lucassen, Dylan Peterson and Danny Xiong will be designing the expansion of IPCA’s current network of healthcare and educational nodes from five to fifteen.  Students will be relying upon project management methodology, multi-value stream, hub ‘n spoke, and traveling salesman problem in developing an effective solution. A deliverable will be a Request For Proposal (RFO) to match a call from a company’s corporate responsibility grant.

B. IPCA eventually plans to expand their network into a 40-node system.   Benjamin Albers, Bailey Andreasen, Teran Everett and Lorin Heinert will be developing a strategic plan to help the massive scale-up. They will be drawing ideas from project management methodology, multi-value stream, non-linearity, dynamic optimization, and economies of scale/scope.


Students learn about conducting research, working with overseas partners, developing models, and polishing their communication skills.


Please come and interact with students from UWW. You might find some of them to be excellent candidates for internships or full-time opportunities your company might be seeking to fill.



5:45 PM - Registration & Networking

6:15 PM - Dinner

7:00 PM - Program