Faculty feature: Meet Adam Gittler

Please give us a brief overview of your academic and professional background.

I am a Principal Consultant, with 25 years of experience in global supply chain and operations and operational excellence, and an adjunct instructor in the MSGSCM program. My previous work includes director-level roles in lean six sigma, quality, international operations, and regulatory affairs, based in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

I hold masters and bachelors degrees in engineering and operations, I’m a lean six-sigma master black belt, and a UC-Berkeley MBA graduate, with experience in multiple industries including apparel, medical device CFR 820, food and hazard analysis critical control points, energy, public transit and automotive. I’m also proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at The School of Business at Portland State?

Teaching at The School of Business allows me to impart upon students the wisdom of my mistakes, and for them to more quickly learn the skills that make people in the supply chain industry more successful. I immediately take a great interest in my students’ long term success.  

What classes do you teach in the MSGSCM program?

Reverse Logistics and Closed Loop Supply Chain, Circular Supply Chains and Sustainability, and I’m a MSGSCM capstone advisor to student consulting teams working with local and national clients.

What are you most passionate about in your work or research?

I’m currently researching and publishing new thinking on circular supply chains within the U.S. market, to divert more reusable goods from landfills and ensure that they can profitably be redirected into marketable channels. 

For you, what does it mean to redefine business and transform lives?

It’s such a wonderful opportunity to be on the cutting edge of thinking in new spaces, to be part of the solutions whose trends we see in front of us everyday. Being able to pull in the resources of Portland State University, and the Portland community, is a win-win for our academic mission.

When you are not teaching, what do you spend your time doing?

I play ukulele, practice tai chi and spend as much time with my daughter as I can. During the warmer Oregon months, I’m an avid backpacker and escape to the mountains whenever I can. 

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