LOCATION IS CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY "not" the Airport Marriott on W150th. . Participants will learn and gain: 1. A better understanding of the academic view of what sustainability means in supply chains and new product development. 2. The impact of different decisions when new products are: developed, sourced, launched, used by consumers, and reintroduced into the supply chain through reverse logistics. 3. The role of short-term benefits vs. the long-term implications decisions. Our dinner speaker will be Dr. Richard "Rich" Miller, DBA, Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department. The main emphasis of his research is looking at the counter-intuitive aspects of issues in supply chain management. He has recently completed his dissertation, which develops and explores a model of innovation investments in supply chains and the role of knowledge transfer, external shocks to the system, and how the firms respond. The research advances several recommendations for firms to create better supply chain relationships. Prior to his academic work, Rich spent 8 years as a process engineer and engineering manager at Tier 1 aluminum die casters, serving several domestic and foreign automobile companies. He teaches several classes including Lean Production, Operations Management, Innovation Management, Statistics, and Project Management. He also serves as the faculty advisor to CSU’s student APICS chapter. .