Andrea Patrucco points to a projection screen.

Andrea Patrucco: Delivering the goods

Assistant Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management Andrea Patrucco can sum up his field in four words: Plan. Source. Make. Deliver.

The Project and Supply Chain Management degree at Penn State Beaver is in high demand, in large part because the National Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in the industry will expand by 22 percent nationally and 26 percent in Pennsylvania in the next decade.

But many who are interested in the degree have a difficult time defining it.

Assistant Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management Andrea Patrucco can do it in four words: Plan. Source. Make. Deliver.

Patrucco is an international expert in the field, having earned three degrees from Politecnico di Milano in Italy and worked with governments in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Hungary.

His specialty is public sector purchasing. In other words, he analyzes how governments spend their money, which, as you can imagine, is often a fraught exercise. But, to Patrucco, the end results are worth the effort.

“I want to save public money, which can be used other places,” he said.

Though Patrucco had success in the public sector, he found himself drawn to the classroom. He prefers working with students, who tend to be more open-minded about change than professionals who have already established themselves in the field.

“You have more responsibility to teach (students), but they are open to everything and they make you think,” Patrucco said. “They make you reflect on things you haven’t considered before.”

In Italy, where he worked from 2014 to 2017, the basics of supply chain management weren’t taught until students had reached their fourth or fifth year of study. At Penn State, the information is delivered in the second or third year and merged with the teaching of project management.

It’s a system Patrucco believes makes sense in the industry and also benefits the students.

“You can’t manage a project without a supply chain and you can’t keep a supply chain successful without introducing new projects into the chain at the right time,” he said.

Education

B.Sc. Management, Economic and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

M.Sc. Management, Economic and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Ph.D. Management, Economic and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano