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Manoj K. Malhotra
Dr. Malhotra is the Jeff B. Bates Professor in the Darla Moore School of Business, and has served as the Chairman of the Management Science Department at the University of South Carolina, since 2000.  He is also the founding Director of the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management (GSCPM), which was established at the Moore School in 2005.  He earned an engineering undergraduate degree from The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India in 1983, and a Ph.D. in operations management from The Ohio State University in 1990. He is a Fellow of the American Production and Inventory Management Society (CFPIM), and a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI).


Dr. Ahire received his Ph.D. from The University of Alabama in 1992.  He joined the Darla Moore School of Business as a Tenured Professor in the Management Science department effective Fall 2006.  He comes from the University of Dayton (Ohio) where he taught as a professor of operations management.  He holds a Ph.D. in management science from the University of Alabama (1992).  He also holds a master’s degree in management studies (1985) and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (1982) from the University of Bombay (India).  Dr. Ahire has published numerous research articles in various journals, including Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, and many others.

John B. Jensen
Dr. Jensen received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1994. He joined the Moore School of Business as Managing Director of the Center and as a Clinical Professor effective August 2009. He comes from the University of Southern Maine where he taught Operations Management and Quantitative Analysis. He regularly consults with public and private sector organizations on operations analysis, capacity management, benchmarking, manufacturing technology, and resource planning issues.

Pearse Gaffney 
Mr. Gaffney is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He joins the faculty from industry, with over twenty years of experience in a variety of manufacturing companies. He received his B.S.I.E. at Tennessee Technological University and Master of Industrial Statistics at the University of South Carolina. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Industrial Engineering (Engineering Management) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Gaffney has worked in several different manufacturing sectors including automotive, industrial equipment and machinery, and most recently nuclear fuel. He has led global teams to implement strategic business change initiatives, with responsibilities in the US, Australia, Thailand, China, Italy and others. Mr. Gaffney is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and recently completed Six Sigma Master Black Belt training.

Robert Courtney
Mr. Courtney is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He joins the faculty with over 25 years of experience in various manufacturing companies. Mr. Courtney’s work experience includes textile manufacturing, chemical processing, industrial equipment assembly and machining operations, covering operations throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has worked for the last five years in global supply chain leadership roles. Mr. Courtney received his BS in Psychology from Georgia College and State University, his BBA and MBA from the University of Georgia. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt as well as APICS CPIM.


Giuliano Marodin
Dr. Giuliano Marodin is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Prior, he was a Visiting Professor at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He received his PhD and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering & BBA degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he taught undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses. Dr. Marodin has more than 14 years of industry experience working as a consultant. He has worked with large, medium, and small firms both in Brazil, through the Lean Institute Brazil (a member of the Lean Global Network), his own consulting firm, & in the US through the Center for Operational Excellence at the Fisher College of Business. His research interests are in Lean & Operational Excellence in Supply Chain Management.