Stephen M. Rutner, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice, SCM - Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Education: University of Tennessee
Area of Expertise: Supply Chain Management/Logistics & Transportation
Office Hours: By Appointment (see syllabus)
Room Number: W323
Steve received his Ph.D. in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee
and earned a MBA in Marketing and Logistics from the University of Alabama.
Steve’s professional background includes serving as a Transportation Officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve and two tours in SW Asia (Iraq/Kuwait.) COL Rutner’s current position is as the Commander of the the 1189th Transportation Brigade. His past assignments include Commander at Defense Logistics Agency, Deployment and Distribution Support Battalion Commander, Chief of Operations (G3) at the Deployment Support Command. He also spent time at IBM working as a Strategic Analyst in the Service Sector Division for Alliances. Steve has extensive consulting and training experience in a number of corporate areas including Performance Based Logistics, airport landside operations, maritime terminal operations and other areas.
Current ResearchHis research background has covered the areas of logistics value, logistics information systems, capacity problems in aviation, and alliances and partnerships in transportation. He has over eighty publications in numerous business, logistics and transportation journals.
Awards and HonorsSteve's academic awards include numerous best paper awards, College and University awards including Researcher of the Year and nominations for Teacher of the Year at the university level. His industry awards include the Council of Logistics Management President's Award for Service and recognition for service to the discipline for other organizations.
COL Rutner’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device and Bronze Hourglass, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Ribbon, the Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.