Robert is the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness in the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University, where he also serves as the Beard Institute director of sustainability and associate professor of operations and supply chain management. He is a researcher and consultant in environmental management systems, green supply chain management, environmentally responsible manufacturing, design for environment, and green purchasing. Previously, he taught at Boston College and Michigan State University, and has held research and project management positions at the Department of Defense, National Pollution Prevention Center, and Center for Microbial Ecology.
Robert received an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Ph.D. in Operations Management from Michigan State University. He attended Lake Superior State University for his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Environmental Law/Criminal Justice, from which he also obtained associate degrees in Water Quality Technology and Natural Resource Technology. He has been published in numerous conference proceedings, edited books, and peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Center for Advanced Purchasing (CAPS), and Production and Inventory Management Journal. Robert has been honored several times for his teaching and most recently was recognized with the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award, 2010.