2017-2018 Faculty Advisory Board



Jurriaan de Jong

Assistant Professor
Operations Management & Strategy Department

Jurriaan de Jong has researched extensively in buyer-supplier relationships and remanufacturing in the health care supply chain. In particular, his research has focused on the role of inter-organizational power and dependence in the Group Purchasing Organization-driven health care supply chain. He investigates the buyer-supplier and buyer-middleman relationships in the GPO and their effects on health care supply chain member performance. Furthermore, De Jong studies the various decisions made by the health care supply chain members, including an OEM’s pricing decision for new and refurbished product offerings and service contracts, a GPO’s choice for OEMs for a product group and an HCO’s decision with respect to GPO service usage and procurement of new versus refurbished equipment.

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Melissa Ruggiero

Senior Associate Director
UB School of Management Career Resource Center

Melissa Ruggiero is the Chair of the APICS Student Chapter of Buffalo. She is the Associate Director at the UB School of Management Career Resource Center, helping students in the areas of Supply Chains and Operations Management, Management Information Systems, and Information Assurance. Melissa liaisons with employers and alumni and coordinates many of the offices networking and recruiting events.


Natalie Catherine Simpson

Department Chair, Associate Professor
Operations Management & Strategy Department

Simpson’s interests include emergency services and emergency response, supply chain logistics, and the digital distribution of conventional instruction. Some of her administrative responsibilities are Head, Digital Access Working Group and Academic Director of the School of Management’s Digital Access Program; Member, Faculty Advisory Committees for UB Extreme Events Research Area and for the Center for Geohazards Studies.