Serge Karalli

Serge Karalli earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Case Western Reserve University in 2005. Prior to his appointment at CSUS, he spent a year as a visiting assistant professor of management at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. His research interests include the MFELSP-SS, the JRP, logistics, warehouse location, physical distribution, and revenue management. He currently teaches sections of the core course in operations management, and advanced courses in operations planning & inventory control and operations strategy and design. His teaching interests include quantitative methods, supply chain management, and enterprise resource planning. His industrial experience includes participating in the mapping of the outbound distribution system of Parker Hannifin Corporation, distribution network problems for General Cable, Lubrizol, Kichler, and Staubach’s Logistics Practice Group. His duties included determining low cost locations of central warehouses and distribution centers as well as training personnel in using the NETWORK© software. Serge’s professional practice includes inventory analyses for Famous Supply, forecast models for ATSCO, and a workforce planning model for ALCOA.



PhD, Case Western Reserve University (2005)
M.S. degree, Franciscan University (1994)
B.S. degree, Norwich University (1984)

Professional Certifications


Areas of Interest

Teaching: •Core course in operations management
•Operations strategy
•Enterprise Resource Planning
•Quantitative methods
•Supply chain management
Research: •The multiple-family economic lot scheduling problem with safety stocks (MFELSP-SS)
•Extension of the MFELSP-SS to the joint replenishment problem (JRP)
•Warehouse location analysis
•Physical distribution
•Revenue management.
Consulting: •CONSULTANT TO LINDT & SPRÜNGLI. Stratham, NH, Mar. 2004 - Jun. 2004
- Forecasting Analysis
- Improved demand planning and product scheduling
- Reduced inventory, write-offs and redundant handling

- Inventory Analysis for Famous Supply Inc., Feb. 2002 - Apr. 2002
- Determine which of thousands of SKU’s will be distributed from the central warehouse to existing warehouses in order to improve service levels.

•Distribution network analysis for Kichler Lighting, Sep. 2001 Nov. 2001
- Analyze and input data into NETWORK©, a facility location model for supply chain planning
- Determined optimal warehouse locations using NETWORK©

•Distribution Network Analysis for General Cable Inc., Apr. 2001 - Jun. 2001
- Analyze and input data into NETWORK©, a facility location model for supply chain planning.
- Determined optimal warehouse locations using NETWORK©.

•ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT TO LUBRIZOL. Mentor, OH, Jul. 2001 - Jan. 2002
- Distribution Network Analysis
- Analyze and input data into NETWORK©, a facility location model for supply chain planning
- Determined optimal warehouse locations using NETWORK©
- Trained Lubrizol personnel in identifying necessary data for, and in the use of NETWORK©

•ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT TO ATSCO. Mentor, OH, Jul. 2000 - Jan. 2001
- Forecasting and Inventory Management Pilot Study
- Analyzed and processed demand data for forecasting
- Complete forecasts for 30 products
- Provide recommendations for inventory levels based on forecasts, production lead times, and relevant operating costs

- Parker Hannifin Corporation, Jan. 2001 - May 2001
- Mapping of the outbound distribution system
- Participated in interviewing group Presidents and Management personnel to gain understanding of the outbound logistics of Parker Hannifin
- Participated in the search for logistics benchmark data
- Analyzed Logistics costs and performance measures

•Alcoa Forged Products. Cleveland, Oh, Sep. 1998 - Dec. 1999
- Long-term workforce-planning model for ALCOA Inc.
- Involved in the development of an MS Excel application used to plan for future workforce requirements
- Participated in the development of a mathematical model
- Assisted in identifying and obtaining data for the model
- Developed VBA modules to automate data collection and transfer for the Excel model
- Wrote the user’s manual for the short-term model