Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)

This page is for the Penn State Smeal Supply Chain Management Association information and bios.

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is a student-run organization dedicated to furthering student knowledge of supply chain management and enhancing the career development of our members. SCMA activities include guest lecturers from industry representatives, factory tours, and networking opportunities with the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR).

Membership Benefits

Membership in the SCMA offers exciting opportunities that will help anyone to enrich his or her supply chain knowledge both academically and professionally.

  • Participation in SCMA events
  • Networking opportunities with Supply Chain recruiters
  • Speaker series hosting supply chain industry experts and corporate leaders
  • Visits to manufacturing sites/logistics distribution centers of large corporations
  • Attendance to the annual fall, spring supply chain career fairs
  • Leadership opportunities

Officer Bios

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Jemil Jacob, President

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Jemil Jacob is the President of the Supply Chain Management Association at the Smeal College of Business. His vision for the organization is to strive to improve Smeal’s brand among other top supply chain schools in the country and equip the Smeal graduate students with practical experiences, meaningful connections and transferable skills.

Jemil was born and raised in India and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering. Prior to joining Smeal’s MBA program, Jemil was an Operations Analyst for Hutchison Ports (CK Hutchison Holding Group) in United Arab Emirates. In this role, he was responsible for managing operations improvement projects and engineering new service offerings.

Smeal was Jemil’s first choice because of its highly ranked Supply Chain program, a small cohort and vast alumni network. In his free time, Jemil loves travelling, riding motorcycles and photography.

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Hicham Saadean-Raad, VP of Finance

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Hicham Saadean-Raad is the VP of the Consulting Association. Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Lebanon, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the Smeal program, he worked in the healthcare industry, manufacturing drugs for cancer patients. Last year, Hicham worked as a manager for a small manufacturing company in Beirut, Lebanon, helping them optimize performance and reduce cost. At Smeal, he is concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Finance. During his free time, Hicham enjoys cooking, traveling, and photography. Hicham is also the VP of the Supply Chain Management Association.

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Declan Smith, VP of Operations

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I grew up moving from country to country (England, South Africa, Australia, Hungary etc.) forcing myself to develop a globalized view of the world. This eventually lead to me attending Brigham Young University where I obtained a Bachelors in Global Supply Chain Management.

Throughout my career I have immersed myself in different aspects of the supply chain field- with positions in logistics, process engineering/management, procurement, and planning/forecasting. These positions included everything from an internship to manager and even consulting roles.

The global marketplace is something that I find both exciting and refreshing. In order to truly succeed as a human race we need to rely on each other’s competitive advantages and help the entire world progress. Supply chain management is the tool we use to achieve that goal. My personal goals are to ultimately find overseas opportunities and to become an effective change agent for the future.

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