Georgetown Business Professor Recognized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

February 02, 2007

Washington, D.C. - Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Professor Ricardo Ernst was recently named an Outstanding American by Choice by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Ernst was one of four award recipients recognized in a ceremony with USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez at a White House ceremony on Wednesday January 24, 2007.

"I congratulate Ricardo on this recognition," said McDonough School Deputy Dean Reena Aggarwal. "His academic and civic contributions extend not only to his colleagues and students in the McDonough School, but to the greater community of scholars."

The Outstanding American by Choice initiative recognizes the significant achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. USCIS presents the award to individuals who, through civic participation, professional achievement, and responsible citizenship, have demonstrated their commitment to the United States and to the common civic values that unite Americans. Since 2006, Director Gonzalez has presented the award to naturalized citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their adopted country. Previous recipients include: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad.

A native of Venezuela, Ernst is professor in the McDonough School of Business and co-director of the Global Logistics Research Program. His research interests include strategic analysis of logistics systems at both macro and micro levels. He has conducted research on the Asian semi-conductor industry, the U.S. agriculture, automotive and equipment industries, as well as the U.S. and Latin American beer industries. He is also familiar with manufacturing and distribution in Latin America, where he has been involved in developing metrics and performance evaluations for the logistics requirements and challenges for coordinating complex supply chain projects. Ernst recently brought his expertise in supply chain managmeent and logistics to the nonprofit world during a fact-finding mission to Africa with the Fritz Institute, a nonprofit organization that assists relief agencies in disaster management worldwide.

Ernst is co-author of the book, Global Operations and Logistics (John Wiley and Sons, 1998) and has served as a consultant for several national and international firms including General Motors, CASE Corporation, Fairchild Industries, Fritz Companies and the World Bank. Ernst received a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad Catelica Andres Bello and an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Venezuela. He also received a masters and PhD in operations management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

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