Karen Donohue, Academic Director

Karen Donohue

Karen Donohue is the Academic Director of the MS Supply Chain Management program and Professor of Supply Chain and Operations at the Carlson School. She also holds a joint appointment in the College of Science and Engineering. She has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for 16 years, teaching courses in Managing Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Strategy, and Behavioral Operations. In her Academic Director role, she provides academic oversight to the MS program, including curriculum delivery and student advising.

Professor Donohue’s research and consulting interests focus on developing methods for improving supply chain coordination through flexible contracting, information sharing schemes, and innovative environmental practices. She is also one of the pioneers of the field of Behavioral Operations.  She draws on a variety of methodologies in her research including stochastic modeling, game theory, empirical methods, and laboratory experiments. She has worked with a number of companies including 3M, Best Buy, Caterpillar, IBM, Medtronic, and 4R Systems. Her work has been supported by many governmental agencies including the National Science Foundation, Sandia National Lab, and the US Navy.

She holds a BA degree in Mathematics and Economics from St. Olaf College, and MS/PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University.  Before joining the Carlson School, she served on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Kate Reigel, Professional Director

Kate Reigel is the Professional Director of the MS Supply Chain Management program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. In her role as Professional Director, she is responsible for leading the design and development of the new program, including external client development and program operations.  Reigel has 10 years of experience in corporate strategy, integrations, and SAP implementations.  She is skilled in driving initiatives, managing and conducting analytics, influencing through relationship building, and mentoring.

Reigel also serves as the Associate Director of the Carlson Consulting Enterprise at the Carlson School. In her role as Associate Director, she is responsible for developing client relationships, scoping client projects, and mentoring and coaching student teams.  In addition, she contributes to CCE student career preparation and to the CCE curricula.    

Prior to joining the Carlson Consulting Enterprise in 2014, Reigel was an independent management consultant working with clients such as Life Time Fitness on executive level initiatives.  At Life Time, she evaluated two business divisions to determine strategic direction with the executive suite, then outlined these findings for the corporate Board, which the board approved.

Prior to her independent work, Reigel was a Project Leader for the Boston Consulting Group, based out of the Boston office.  Her experiences included projects on corporate strategy, technology strategy, and several organizational integrations.  She primarily worked for the pharmaceutical and bio-technology industries on the East coast.

Earlier in her career, Reigel was a Platinum consultant for SAP America based out of Chicago, leading client implementations and teaching courses on the software.  Reigel drove three successful implementations from start to finish during her five year tenure.  She specialized in materials management, specifically inventory, warehouse and batch management.

Reigel holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a BA in Art History from Northwestern University, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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