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Bob Nida

VP - Organizational Development Wabash National

Mr. Robert L. Nida, also known as Bob has been Vice President of Organizational Development at Wabash National Corp. since February 27, 2014. Mr. Nida has been Vice President of Business Development at Wabash National, Inc since February 2008. He served as vice president and general manager, retail at Wabash National since 2008. He is employed at Wabash National Trailer Centers He served as corporate senior vice president at Accuride Corporation in Evansville, Ind. He was Senior Vice President of Accuride Wheels, Gunite & Brillion Iron Works at Accuride Corp. since August 10, 2005. He served as Senior Vice President Gunite & Brillion Iron Works at Accuride Corp. from December 2006 to December 2007. He served as Vice President- Technology at Accuride Corp. since July 2002. He has a Black Belt in Six Sigma, holds certifications as a Quality Systems Auditor for QS9000 and TS16949. Bob graduated from Regent University’s School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship with a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in May 2009. Mr. Nida holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bridgewater College and a Masters in Total Quality Management from Friends University.

Steve Dunlop

Managing Director, DCMME & GSCMI | Managing Director, DCMME-GSCMI Centers Krannert

Education:

  • B.A. Heidelberg College
  • M.B.A. Indiana Wesleyan University

Research and Experience Highlights:

  • As Managing Director, he is currently responsible for the operations and deliverables for Purdue NExT, a non-credit distance education program/ classes for Purdue University
  • Multiple years of private sector experience
  • Prior to Purdue NExT, he managed multiple projects for Purdue University. These grants and projects have covered content areas in battery research, development of coursework (online and face-to-face), pharmacy, quantum chemistry, video conferencing, and information visualization, but also STEM based projects in the K12 environment
  • He has developed and co-taught a course on Hybrid-Electric Vehicles, instructed a variety of EPICS courses, and designed and taught courses on project management and major event planning.

Ananth Iyer

Director, DCMME & GSCMI | Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management | Faculty Director, Purdue NExT

Education:

  • Ph.D., Georgia Tech
  • M.S., Syracuse University
  • B.Tech., India Institute of Technology, Bombay

Research and Experience Highlights:

  • D. Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management
  • D. Iyer's research interests include analysis of supply chains and the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building.

Bart Collins

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Health Communications, Regenstrief Health Center

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • M.A., University of Arkansas
  • B.A., University of Arkansas

Research and Experience Highlights:

  • At the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Dr. Collins directs the Center's work in telemedicine and telehealth and engages in active research related to communication technology adoption, persuasion and social influence, and patient-provider interaction. Dr. Collins teaches courses in communication and emerging technologies, persuasion and social influence.
  • Dr. Collins previously served as the Director of Digital Content at the Instructional Development Center at Purdue University and was on the faculty at the University of Louisville.

Roy Vasher

Assistant Professor of Management

Education:

  • B.A., Wayne State University
  • Attended University of Michigan M.B.A. program

Research and Experience Highlights

  • During his 19-year career with Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, where he served as General Manager of Information Systems, Mr. Vasher was instrumental in the integration of information technology to support lean processes in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments.
  • Mr. Vasher is a Lean Consultant and President of RPV Consulting, LLC and co-authored "Toyota's Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Approach to Toyota's Renowned System".