Alan Stenger

Professor Emeritus of Supply Chain Management
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 454 Business Building
Phone: 814-404-3062
Fax: 814-863-7067
Member of Faculty Since: 1972


Since joining the Penn State faculty in 1972, Dr. Stenger has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in supply chain management, logistics systems management, logistics research methods, carrier management, transportation economics and quantitative methods in logistics. He was Graduate Advisor for the Department of Business Logistics for 16 years, and is currently Associate Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research. Dr. Stenger has engaged in a wide range of educational and consulting activities both in the United States and abroad. This includes work with companies in the industries such as the chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, glass, information technology, and railroad.

Dr. Stenger retired on December 31, 2010, but he remains active with Penn State Executive Programs and teaches in Penn State's Professional Masters in Supply Chain Management program.

Current Research

Dr. Stenger's research interests focus primarily on the organization and management of supply chain and logistical activities in manufacturing and merchandising firms, with particular emphasis on the use of decision support and information technology as enablers


Supply chain management
Supply chain planning and design
Inventory planning and management
Simulation on supply chains
Logistics trade-off analysis
Fleet sizing and scheduling

Publication List

A. Stenger and Young, R., "Maintenance Practices Among Private Railcar Fleet Owners in the North American Chemicals and Plastics Industries", Transportation Journal, 1/1/2003,

A. Stenger, Ganeshan, R,T. Boone, "The Impact of Inventory and Flow Planning Parameters on Supply Chain Performance", International Journal of Production Economics., 1/1/2003,


Ph.D., Logistics and Transportation, University of Minnesota,

M.B.A., Quantitative Methods, University of Michigan,

B.S., Mathematics and Physics, University of Michigan,


SCM 850, Supply Chain Design and Strategy