Professor Udatta Palekar is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Supply Chain Management in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Palekar is an expert in Supply Chain Management and Optimization and teaches and researches in that area. His work has appeared in leading journals in business and industrial engineering. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Army and the US Air Force and numerous large corporations. He has also consulted for a number of Fortune 100 companies on supply chain optimization.