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John E. Bell

2003-Auburn University, Ph.D.
1998 - Air Force Institute of Technology, M.S.
Logistics Management
1990- United States Air Force Academy, B.S.

Research focus: Supply chain network design and risk
Telephone: 865.974.8397

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Dr. John E. Bell is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to joining the UT faculty in August 2010, Dr. Bell was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University and taught on the faculties at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Georgia College & State University prior to coming to UT. He also holds an MS in Logistics Management from AFIT and a BS in History from the United States Air Force Academy. His teaching and research interests are in logistics and supply chain management, vehicle routing, facility location, supply chain strategy and risk. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Business Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Journal, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Computers & Operations Research, and other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Bell's most recent research activities have focused on the impact of natural resource scarcity in the supply chain, and he is a co-author of the book, Global Macrotrends And Their Impact On Supply Chain Management, published by Financial-Times Press in 2012.

During his academic and military careers, Dr. Bell has won a number of awards for his management, teaching and research efforts. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the Master of Science Logistics Management program at AFIT and was selected for the Edwin Aldrin Award as the top leader in his class. He was also competitively selected for a US Air Force scholarship to pursue his doctorate education at Auburn University. Following his graduation from Auburn in 2003, he spent three years on the faculty at AFIT where he became the Division Chief for the Logistics Management program and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to several teaching awards, Dr. Bell's research work has also garnered awards including the Best Article published in the Air Force Journal of Logistics in 2000, the Alpha Iota Delta Best Paper Award at the 2010 Western Decision Sciences Institute Conference, and the 2011 Article of the Year in Military Operations Research. Dr. Bell has received competitive research grants in excess of $200K from the United States Department of Defense to conduct logistics research. He has also held memberships and positions in several professional societies. Currently, Dr. Bell is a member of the editorial review boards for three of the leading journals in the field of supply chain management, and he is the President-Elect for Western Decision Sciences Institute.

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