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Thomas Brinker

Thomas Brinker

A Senior Fellow at Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) in Bethlehem, PA. At the Lehigh ESC, Tom leads the Analytics Lab operational efforts and mentors student teams in supply chain and analytical projects for various companies. He earned a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Tom had a 32-year career at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., holding various managerial positions in the Global IT organization. He retired in 2011 as Director, Enterprise & Analytical Solutions, leading the Decision Sciences, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Enterprise Value and Transportation Management Program groups. His areas of emphasis are operations research, analytics, supply chain modeling, logistics, and IT applications development. Prior to Air Products, he worked at the Quaker Oats Company as a plant Industrial Engineer and as a Market Research Analyst with Finance America, a subsidiary of Bank of America. During his career, Tom was an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the INFORMS Roundtable, the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). In 2005, Tom’s Decision Sciences group at Air Products was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Prize, awarded for effective integration of operations research/management sciences (OR/MS) in an organization. The award is given to an organization that has repeatedly applied the principles of OR/MS in pioneering, varied, novel, and lasting ways. Tom has presented at a number of professional conferences and is published in the Winter Simulation Conference Journal.

 

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