Ulrich Schmelzle

Ulrich Schmelzle


  • Assistant Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management, College of Business
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Construction Management
  • PhD, Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Certificate of Advanced Study, International Business, Thunderbird, Glendale, AZ
  • MBA, Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • BS (equiv.) Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Hamburg, Germany


Prior to returning to academia, Ulrich (Ulli) Schmelzle held different managerial positions in supply management, manufacturing, and logistics planning in Europe and the U.S. With more than 18 years of industry experience, he has worked as a consultant, entrepreneur, and senior manager primarily in the semiconductor and aerospace industries. Dr. Schmelzle's research focuses on managerial decision-making promoting efficiency and innovativeness. He is particularly interested in how supply chain and operations management can enhance the innovation performance of the organization. He regularly presents his research at national conferences from organizations such as the Decision Sciences Institute and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

  • Supply Chain-Driven Innovation
  • Purchasing Decision-Making
  • Interorganizational Integration
  • Supply Chain Resource Orchestration