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The Axia Institute helps firms address some of industry’s greatest challenges by providing high-impact solutions. The institute expands on Michigan State University’s #1 ranked Supply Chain Management program. We are strategically positioned as the premier value chain innovation center, poised to deliver revolutionary advances in the functional areas of procurement, manufacturing, data analytics, materials management, packaging, logistics and customer service to companies globally.

In addition to our staff, we are supported by our Executive and Technical Advisory boards, which advise and help guide the activities of the Institute.

Dr. Aliakbarian

Dr. Bahar Aliakbarian

Research Associate Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor – School of Packaging

bahara@msu.edu
989-423-2049

 

Dr. Aliakbarian received her Ph.D. in Chemical, Material and Process Engineering from University of Genoa (Italy). Her multidisciplinary research experiences focus on the integration of innovative engineering technologies which has led to the formulation of new products with food and biomedical applications. This research focuses on environmentally-friendly strategies to develop value-added products from the scrap generated in the processing plants and along the food supply chain.

 

Dr. Aliakbarian’s work has broadened to the development of active and smart packaging for food and pharmaceutical applications. She is particularly interested in the use of smart technologies to track and monitor food and pharmaceuticals along the supply chain.

 

She has more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in refereed journals and more than 40 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. She has a strong international scientific network collaboration. She had prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and worked in MIT-Harvard Medical School, The University of Sydney (Australia), Université de Lorraine (France), and University of Genoa (Italy). Her research in waste valorization has recently been published in PharmaNutrition and LWT Food Science and Technology.

Buchalski

Mr. Donald L. Buchalski

Business Development Director

dbuchal@msu.edu
989-423-2048

 

Donald L. Buchalski is the Business Development Director at the Axia Institute. In this role, he is responsible for work with industry partners identify major value chain problems requiring high impact solutions to improve business performance. He also will champion the Institute’s research project portfolio and processes.

 

Buchalski joined Axia after 30 years of global leadership in marketing, business development, supply chain, and engineering roles at Dow Corning Corporation. He has a proven track record of creating value through understanding the voice of the customer, business model innovation, and data analytics.

 

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan – Flint and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Frenz

Ms. Katherine A. Franz

Executive Director

kfranz@msu.edu
989-423-2045

 

Katherine A. Franz is the executive director of the Axia Institute. She is a proven industry executive with extensive global experience in operations, engineering, quality and multi-operational assignments. She has, in her prior work at various Fortune 10 companies, including GM, Ford and GE, led billion dollar global operations through start-up, turnaround and growth modes to achieve world-class levels of performance.

 

She has lived in many locations and traveled extensively throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, and North and South America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University and an MSA in business administration from Central Michigan University.

 

Hatfield

Mr. John D. Hatfield

Director of Marketing and Communications

jhatfiel@msu.edu
989-423-2047

 

John D. Hatfield is the director of Marketing and Communications at the Axia Institute, where he is responsible for developing marketing and communications strategies for the Axia Institute, a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains.

 

Mr. Hatfield has extensive marketing and branding experience in the financial and professional services industries, and joined Axia from Chemical Bank, where he was senior vice president and director of Marketing. In addition to his brand building experience, he has extensive web and direct marketing expertise.

 

Hatfield earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and a master of business administration degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Miller

Ms. Karol E. Miller

Administrative Assistant

mill2785@msu.edu
989-423-2046

 

Karol E. Miller is the administrative assistant at the Axia Institute, where she is responsible for managing the day to day activities for the Axia Institute, a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains.

 

Ms. Miller brings 20+ years of administrative experience in financial and higher-education professional industries. She joined Axia from Chemical Bank.

 

Miller earned a bachelor of business degree from Northwood University in Midland, MI.

Executive Advisory Board

  • Dr. David Closs, John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration, Department of Supply Chain Management, The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
  • Katherine Franz, Executive Director, The Axia Institute
  • Dan Futter, Commercial Vice President, Dow Consumer Solutions
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dean, The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
  • Dr. Ron Hendrick, Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Michigan State University
  • Greg Jozwiak, Corporate Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dr. Leo Kempel, Dean, College of Engineering, Michigan State University
  • Donald Sheets, Retired Vice Chairman, Dow Corning Corporation, and Executive-In-Residence, The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University

Technical Advisory Board

  • Don Buchalski, Business Development Director, The Axia Institute – Michigan State University
  • Dr. David Closs, John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration, Department of Supply Chain Management, The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
  • Clark Cummings, R&D Director, Intellectual Capital and Strategic Accounts, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Katherine Franz, Executive Director, The Axia Institute
  • Brad Gray, Vice President, Global Purchasing, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Daniel Reaume, Vice President of Operations Research, Revenue Analytics, Inc.
  • Dr. Frederick A. Rodammer, Professor of Practice and Director, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
  • Dr. Joan Rose, Professor, Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Susan Selke, Director, School of Packaging, Michigan State University
  • Dr. John P. Verboncoeur, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, Michigan State University
  • John Wassick, Fellow, Supply Chain Expertise Center, The Dow Chemical Company

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