Co-Directors Named for MSCEM

As the new Master of Supply Chain Engineering and Management Program gears up for its launch next summer, two professors have been selected to lead our future supply chain specialists

In September, Edward P. Fitts Distinguished Professor, Russell King, and Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Don Warsing, were named Co-Directors of the new Master of Supply Chain Engineering and Management (MSCEM) degree program.

MSCEM is a new interdisciplinary degree offered by ISE and the Poole College of Management to fill the rapidly growing need for supply chain specialists. As the global economy has become more and more interconnected, firms and organizations need employees who can not only manage the flows of goods, information and materials across and within their company, but across the globe as well. There is an ever increasing demand for professionals with the capacity to interface effectively with both business and technical professionals in the supply chain domain.

MSCEM is delivered in a focused manner that leads to completion of a Master’s degree in only about 10 months, or two-and-one-half academic semesters, starting in the second summer session (end of June) and leading to graduation at the end of the spring semester (early May).

Russell King
Russell King

Fitts Distinguished Professor
PhD, University of Florida, 1986
ME, University of Florida, 1982
BS, University of Florida, 1980

Russell King joined the ISE faculty in 1985 while completing his doctorate degree from the University of Florida. His industry experience includes working with the Dynamac Corporation, the Jacksonville Naval Aviation Depot and the Computer Science Corporation. Russell’s areas of interest center on logistics engineering, production scheduling and inventory control, manufacturing systems and quick response sourcing of manufacturing and retail systems.


Don Warsing
Don Warsing

Associate Professor
PhD, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2000
MS, North Carolina State University, 1995
BS, Ohio State University, 1989

Prior to joining the faculty at NC State, Don Warsing served on the faculty of the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and worked for several years at IBM in both industrial engineering and manufacturing management roles. Don’s research involves the development of tools and policies for effectively managing inventory, logistics and business operations and studying how various management practices can impact performance. His work has been published in Production and Operations Management, the Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, the European Journal of Operational Research and the International Journal of Logistics.

About the MSCEM Program

MSCEM is an interdisciplinary degree offered by ISE and the Poole College of Management to take advantage of the rapidly growing demand for supply chain specialists. The program is delivered in a focused manner that leads to completion of a Master’s degree in only 10 months. This rapid time to degree completion is achieved by focusing on a specific set of skills and coursework.

The program kicks off in the Summer II session, with a focus on Computational Tools, Accounting Principles, and Managerial Communication. The following two semesters cover important business topics like Finance, Accounting, and Managerial Communication, while students also develop mathematics and engineering skills through courses in areas such as Operations Research, Logistics Engineering, and Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis. So, while the degree does not provide the wide breadth of management content typical of MBA programs, nor the depth of discipline-specific content typical of Masters programs in Industrial Engineering, it does provide a targeted set of skills that prepares graduates for work in operations, supply chain management, or logistics—all in less than one calendar year.

The program is now accepting applications for its first class to begin in 2014. For more information go to the program website: or contact Deborah Wilkins, Administrative Support Specialist, 919.515.5584 or