Professor, Department Of Business
Director, Graduate Program in Supply Chain Management
Director, Supply Chain Research Institute
Roby Thomas is a Professor with the Department of Business at Elmhurst College. He has over twenty four years of teaching and research experience in the areas of supply chain management, production and operations management, operation research and information systems. Roby’s specialization is in the optimization of business systems, supply chain management, and business process redesign. Dr. Thomas earned his doctoral degree in operations management and information systems from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his undergraduate degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. His research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Production Research and Computers and Industrial Engineering.
Prior to joining the faculty at Elmhurst College, he held a faculty position at Howard University in Washington D.C. and managed a consulting group specializing in business process reengineering, supply chain system design and planning and data mining based customer relationship management. Dr. Thomas has also conducted training programs for senior and middle level college administrators covering topics such as strategy development, structure and systems development, aligning structure and culture with strategy, business process design, and project management.