My name is Min Yu and I am an assistant professor of Operations and Technology Management in the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland. When I began my academic career, I studied Transportation Engineering at the Tongii University in
China where I received my bachelor’s degree in 2005 with top honors. In the beginning, I was not the best among many of my bright peers from all over the country based on the national college entrance exam.
I made steady progress every semester and worked my way up and reached the top during my second year. Because of my excellent academic performance, I was offered admission, without having to take the graduate school entrance exam, to the master’s program in Transportation Planning and Management at the same university.
During my graduate program, my primary interests were in logistics and supply chain management. The consulting projects that I participated in, opened me up to research in the field of management science, also known as “the science of better.” I was fascinated by how data and quantitative methods can help both individuals and corporations make better decisions.
After I received my master’s degree, I pursued a doctorate in management science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a doctorate student, I was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate operations management elective course called Transportation and Logistics for several semesters. I also taught one core course, Introduction to Management Science. These experiences had a profound effect on me. I realized then, that what I wanted to do as a profession was teach. I felt a profound joy in inspiring and motivating my students to become leaders in their field of choice.
It was a natural choice for me after finishing my doctorate to seek out a teaching and research position within the academic realm. In 2012, I received my Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Science from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am extremely happy to be a tenure-track faculty member at the University of Portland within the Pamplin School of Business.
In today’s global scenario, timely deliveries of products are as important as money, productivity, quality, and even innovation. In times of crisis, time is life — and it becomes a far more important incentive than money.
My research interests include network optimization, game theory, and supply chain network design and management. My main focus is on the field of time-sensitive products, which range from fashion and fresh food to products of a life-saving nature, such as medicines, pharmaceuticals, or critically needed products in humanitarian operations. With the number of natural disasters increasing around the globe, the need for effective preparedness has become even more vital.
My collaborators and I recently constructed a supply chain optimization model for obtaining, storing, transporting, and distributing relief goods to disaster-prone regions.
I also study supply chain sustainability. Apparel and accessories are among the most frequently purchased and replaced consumer products. The globalization of these supply chains and the carbon emissions provide challenges as well as opportunities for actions towards sustainability. Fashion firms recognize that green or eco- friendly apparel enhances brand recognition with consumers who are increasingly aware of the negative environmental impacts of manufacturing apparel.
I involve a number of Pamplin Fellow graduate students in my research and advise undergraduates in our operations and technology management major. I hope to give them the analytical tools and critical thinking skills they need to develop successful careers. It gives me great pleasure to see students become effective critical thinkers and competent professionals.
There is list of professional organizations that I belong to as well. I encourage you to look into them and connect with their members to get to know more about the field and possible opportunities. BGS (Beta Gamma Sigma), INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), POMS (Production and Operations Management Society), and the Virtual Center for Supernetworks are organizations I belong to. If you would like to know more about any of these organizations, please email or call me.
The best advice I can share with you is this: The long-distance race for knowledge is a constant pursuit. In long-distance races, it is inevitable to encounter difficulties. What really matters are not the difficulties, but the runners themselves. In a race for knowledge, there are three magic weapons, which are necessary to guarantee successes. They are optimistic attitude, energy, and curiosity.
Lastly, when I am not on campus, I enjoy the vibrant environment of the city of Portland with easy access to natural attractions and cultural events, such as cherry blossoms on campus in spring, the Portland Rose Festival in summer, colorful foliage at the Portland Japanese Garden in fall, sparkling Zoo lights in winter, and a variety of museum exhibitions. I am also a big fan of LEGO models. If you have any you have built that you want to tell me about, I would be happy to listen.
I am happy to connect with you about anything you want to learn, know about or explore, just email or call me.