Hosts: Mike Ogle and Rodney Apple
In This Episode:
Dr. Russ Meller, Vice President of both the Solution Design group and the Research and Development group at Fortna, shares his career journey from two decades of award-winning teaching and research as a professor, to his current role focused on leading the design of distribution solutions. Russ speaks with us about the kinds of hard and soft skills his team needs, including the value of being a great persuasive storyteller, the value of delivering on promises, and how clients and solution providers best work together.
Russ Meller Bio:
Dr. Russ Meller is Vice President of two groups at Fortna. He heads Solution Design and Research & Development. Solution Design develops optimal designs of distribution centers that meet Fortna’s clients’ business and operational needs. R&D is responsible for all software modeling aspects used for designing and implementing complex distribution centers. Dr. Meller joined Fortna after 20 years in academics as an educator, researcher, and part-time consultant, and has taught at Auburn University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Arkansas. He has won several awards for teaching and research, and is a Fellow of IISE. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award, and was named as one of the three founding Physical Internet Pioneers and also a Rainmaker by DCVelocity. Recently, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor for an Engineer in the United States.