Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Executive Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (http://scm.ncsu.edu). He also serves as Faculty Lead for the Manufacturing Analytics group within the International Institute of Analytics, and is on the Faculty for Operations Research Curriculum at NC State University. Prior to this role, Handfield served as Associate Professor and Research Associate with the Global Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Initiative at Michigan State University from 1992-1999. He received his PhD in Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Handfield founded the SCRC as the first major industry-university partnership to integrate student projects into the MBA classroom in an integrative fashion, and has had over 20 major Fortune 500 companies participating as industry partners since 1999. He teaches MBA 541, Supply Chain Relationships, for 15 years at NC State. This is a project-based class that focuses on supply market intelligence, supplier performance management, and completion of an SCRC company student-led project. He has worked with over 25 Fortune 500 companies, including Biogen Idec, Caterpillar, John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, Boston Scientific, Delphi, Chevron, British Petroleum, Chevron Phillips, Bank of America, Tennessee Valley Authority, Timken, Sensata, KPMG, Shell, Federal Express, SAP, Toshiba, and others. He has also worked in acquisition with a number of government agencies, spending time training and working with the Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the USDA. His work has been cited in over 23,000 publications according to Google Scholar.Rob loves the outdoors while running, skiing, and fly fishing.