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Gary La Point

Professor of Supply Chain Practice
Co-director of H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain
Co-director of Harry Salzberg Memorial Program

315-443-3331
Room: 537
gelapoin@syr.edu

MS, Syracuse University (Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation)
Ph D, Syracuse University (Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation)
MBA, Syracuse University (Operations Production Management/Organizational Behavior)

Professor La Point has spent the majority of his career working for large multi-national companies such as Xerox, UTC/Carrier, ITT Industries and Cooper Industries in all areas of supply chain. He brings his 17 years of experience in Supply Chain to the classroom. Professor La Point has been a full time faculty at the Whitman School of Management for 15 years where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Operations Management, Logistics Strategy, Distribution Center Operations and Design, Lean Six Sigma and Project Management. His classes employ case based or problem based teaching providing students the opportunity to apply content to real world problems. He has overseen numerous Lean Six Sigma projects in private industry, the US Armed Forces and the Department of Defense.

As a volunteer he has spent considerable time working Crouse Hospital to standardize the treatment process for patients with COPD. Professor La Point is Director of the Salzberg Award program, Director of the Singapore Summer Internship program and Assistant Director of the Franklin Program in Supply Chain Management. He is a 2013 Meredith Teaching Award recipient and multiple recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation for Public Engagement. Professor LaPoint received his BS from Syracuse University in Transportation Distribution Management, his MBA from Syracuse University in Quantitative methods, MS in Instructional Design Development & Evaluation from Syracuse University School of Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation.

Research Topics

  • International import/export
  • Logistics
  • Supply chain management
  • U.S. domestic transportation
  • International transportation/logistics
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Process Improvement
  • Warehouse design
  • Warehouse operation

He has taught a number of entry-level and upper-division courses in supply chain management in the Whitman School. Particularly enjoy teaching experiential classes such as Lean Six Sigma and Logistics Strategy

Awards and Honors

  • Best Faculty/Class Marshal - Whitman School of Mgmt. Logtech Program (2015)
  • Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (2014)
  • Best Faculty/Class Marshal - Whitman School of Mgmt., Logtech Program (2014)
  • Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship - Office of Chancellor (2013)
  • Dean’s Citation Award - Whitman (2013)
  • Whitman Faculty Citation for Outstanding Service (2013)
  • Meredith Teaching Recognition Award ($3000K award) (2013)
  • Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship - Office of Chancellor (2011)
  • Oberwager Award for Excellence in and outside the classroom ($12K monetary award) (2011)
  • Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship - Office of Chancellor (2010)
  • Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship - Office of Chancellor (2009)