With its deep-water port in Charleston, five major interstates and rail system, South Carolina has a well-established transportation system that has attracted major companies like Amazon.com and Target. Yet the supply chain and logistics industry is highly competitive. To remain a top destination for distribution centers, South Carolina must continue to enhance its transportation infrastructure.
Dr. Scott Mason, an expert in large-scale supply systems modeling, optimization and algorithms, is the Fluor Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Optimization. He brings to the South Carolina and private industry partners, extensive experience in his field, particularly in the area of capital project supply chains.
The study of supply chain and logistics involves finding the most efficient, economical way to move goods or people to market in business and industry. The field affects all aspects of business, from the flow of raw materials and scheduling production to manufacturing and distributing finished goods. Mason's work strengthens Clemson University's established supply chain programs. He also serves as a powerful intellectual resource to private industry, including freight and warehouse companies as well as those seeking to establish distribution hubs in South Carolina.
Dr. Mason is a senior member of the Institute for Industrial Engineers and member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.