Enterprise Systems Faculty
Benedict M. Uzochukwu Ph.D., MBA is currently an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Information and Logistics Technology at Virginia State University. He has a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro and an MBA from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria. His research interests include Sustainment, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Life Cycle and Embedded Systems, Systems Integration and Management of Technology Systems. Prior to joining Virginia State University, Benedict had industry experience in Tyco International as a Production Associate. He has several peer-reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings to his credit. Benedict recently co-authored a book entitled Lean Six Sigma Approaches in Manufacturing, Services, and Production. He is a registered member of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society for Engineering Management (SEM), Society for Health Systems (SHS) and Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). He is also a member of Alpha Pi Mu and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Societies.
Ephrem Eyob, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Technology. Prior to joining the department he was a Professor and Chair for the Department of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business at Virginia State University. His teaching and research interests is in information systems and supply chains areas; primarily in Web based functional integration, ERP applications, Business Intelligence and Analytics, optimization of supply chain networks, and information technology applications in supply chains. Ephrem received the Ukrop outstanding faculty award in teaching, research and service in 2004. He served as the guest editor for the International Journal of Management and Decision Making, International Journal of Economics Management and Services, journal of operations management and edited two books. Currently, he is serving as a member of the editorial board member for six journals. He has published over one hundred refereed articles, book chapters and proceedings in major journals and conferences over several decades.
Harold Whittington is currently the Chief of the Deployment Division responsible for the implementation GCSS-Army (SAP). He also serves as a logistics expert providing technical and functional guidance on automated integrated logistics systems. Mr. Whittington retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer Four with almost 24 years of active service. Mr. Whittington was selected to articipate in the Army Training with Industry (TWI) program where he worked on Sears.com, with retired LTG Pagonis, applying supply chain logistics management techniques within the Sears Corporation. Mr. Whittington is a certified SAP consultant in Business Foundation & Integration with SAP ERP (EH5) and holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland in Computer Studies. He is a recipient of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certification in Life Cycle Logistics. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Southwest Asia Service Medal.
Lessie I. Oliver-Clark is currently an Instructor at Virginia State University (VSU) in Information Logistics Technology. Lessie has over thirty years of experience in the design and implementation of logistics, acquisition, and financial management systems for federal and military agencies worldwide. Prior to joining Virginia State University, Lessie was a Global Defense and Security Solution Manager at SAP. Lessie also held a variety of management and consulting positions in private industry and as a contracting officer at the US Department of Homeland Security. She is a former Navy Supply Corps Officer.
Lessie received her M.S. in Management (Information Systems) at the Florida Institute of Technology, and her B.A. in Economics at the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and a certified SAP consultant.
Mulugeta S. Kahsai, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia State University (VSU) in Information Logistics Technology teaching Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supply chain management related courses. He is also a research affiliate of the Regional Research Institute (RRI) of West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV where he previously worked as a Research Fellow. At RRI, Mulugeta was a member of a team of researchers involved in developing an integrated Econometric Input-Output (ECIO) model for forecasting the economic impact (at industrial level) of new energy technology developed by National Energy Technology Laboratory of the US Department of Energy. He has published his research in various peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Energy and Development, Energy Economics, Southwestern Economic Review, and Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies among others. Mulugeta has presented his research findings in professional research conferences and also serves as an anonymous referee for the International Regional Science Review, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Economics Quarterly. He holds Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from West Virginia University, M.A. in Economics from California State University, Hayward and B.A. in Business Management from the University of Asmara, Eritrea.
Raymond F. Boykin, Ph.D. is currently a Research Professor at Virginia State University (VSU) in Information Logistics Technology and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico). At CSU, Chico, Ray was a member of the team that established Chico as the first SAP America university partner and the Director of the SAP Program and University Competence Center for 14 years. Ray has published or presented over 70 papers in the areas of enterprise systems, supply chain management, operations management, and risk assessment and management. He has received more than 40 research/development grants
totaling in excess of $15 million. Ray received the SAP Madji Najm Outstanding Service Award in 2012 for his 15 years of service to the SAP University Alliance Program and for his leadership in establishing the first SAP academic hosting center in the Americas in 1999. Ray received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management Science) at St. Louis University, his M.S. in Business Administration (Management Science) at San Diego State University, and his B.A. in Business Administration (Quantitative Methods) at California State University, Fullerton.
Romulo Santos currently is the Supervisor and Senior Quartermaster Training Specialist for Army’s new Enterprise Resource Planning Solution (ERP) Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army). Prior to his assignment as the Branch Chief Romulo Santos provided consultation and training development support as the Systems Integrator, and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the GCSS-Army. Mr. Santos served as an Army Warrant officer with almost 23 of service holding numerous logistic positions performing the duties required of a Senior Maintenance Manager. He has since been certified as an SAP consultant in Business Foundation & Integration with SAP ERP (EH5) and holds an Associates of Applied Science in Service Management and is currently enrolled in the Logistics Information Technology Bachelor Degree program at Virginia State University. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.