Francis (Frank) L. Chelko

Associate Teaching Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 425 Business Building
Phone: 814-863-2484
Fax: 814-863-7067
Member of Faculty Since: 2001


Frank L. Chelko is a Supply Chain and Information Systems instructor with the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. and 2008 recipient of the Dillwyn Paste III Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mr. Chelko's instructional expertise includes: Manufacturing and Service Operations, Quality Management, Project Management, Materials/Procurement Management, Lean Supply Chain Strategies as well as Six Sigma Black Belt Training/Certification. His instructional experience at the Penn State Smeal College of Business began in the spring semester of 2001. Frank was formerly the Corporate Director of Quality and Reliability Assurance for, a manufacturer of telecommunications electronics equipment and software. He led the corporation's efforts in achieving the Baldrige based Central Pennsylvania Quality Award in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. Executive management experience includes the leadership of quality assurance, manufacturing operations, manufacturing technology transfer (Far East and Europe) and includes project management of new product introduction within high-tech start-up companies as well as several Fortune 500 corporations. Frank’s past executive experience includes positions as Vice-President, Executive Director and other various management positions at Xerox Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Seagate Technology and Conner Peripherals as well as several entrepreneurial start-ups located in California's Silicon Valley. Mr. Chelko in 2007-08 served as a Penn State faculty senator representing the Smeal College of Business and in 2010-11 as a faculty advisor to the Masters in Manufacturing Management QMM graduate program.


Project Management, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Quality Management, Lean Enterprise, Lean Six-Sigma, Continuous Improvement
ASQ Certified Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt 2003

Media Mention

Central Pennsylvania Quality Award 1999,2000,2001,2002,  Centre Daily Times

Penn State Executive Programs - Grainger,  Pennsylvania Business Central


MMM, Quality and Manufacturing Management, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000

BS, Electrical Electronics Technology, Point Park University, 1972

AAS, Electrical Electronics Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1969


SCM 301, Introduction to Supply Chain Management

SCM 404, Demand Fulfillment

SCM 405, Strategic Manufacturing and Services

SCM 406, Strategic Procurement

SCM 421, Supply Chain Modeling

SCM 450W, Design and Management of the Supply Chain-Capstone

SCM 597B, Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt for MBA Students

SCM 840, Project Management for the Supply Chain

QMM 851, Quality Strategies and Management

QMM 871/72, Design Practices for Manufacturing

MMM 6 Sigm, Graduate Program Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt Certification

PSU 006, First Year Business Seminar

BA 499, Supply Chain and Mfg. of Italian Companies, Florence, It

IB 399, Doing Business in the European Union, Copenhagen, Dk

SCM 815, Product Realization: Development, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Integration