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MAGL Update

There are a number of changes planned for the Master of Arts in Global Logistics (MAGL) program in the coming year. Dr. Wade Martin will assume the duties of associate director. We will miss Dr. Joe Magaddino’s leadership as MAGL director, but he will continue to teach the business economics (ECON 500) course.

I believe most of you know that Joe created MAGL from scratch and has developed it into a truly unique and valuable program for CSULB. To honor this, we are creating the Joseph P. Magaddino Scholarship Fund, intended to supplement the existing scholarships available to our students. For more information about this, please contact Dr. Kristen Monaco (

There have been a few curriculum changes in the past year. An optional “math boot camp” has been added for students who want a math refresher before the program begins. We have also added a new class in supply chain, expanding that portion of the curriculum to a sequence of three classes that we believe will better prepare students to analyze supply chain issues in a rigorous manner. The forecasting class has become a permanent part of the curriculum and was a popular topic among capstone projects the first time it was offered. We feel that the curriculum has settled to a stable point and has benefitted from input from both our alumni and our external advisory board.

MAGL graduated its sixth cohort of students in May 2009 and welcomed its eighth cohort of students in September.

Master of Arts in Global Logistics program awardees Murat Koksel and Joanna Lai

Above: Murat Koksel and Joanna Lai.

The list of May graduates and their capstones are listed below:

Donn Buenafe: “Third Party Logistics Providers: Can They Retain Their Relevance and Value?”

James Chik: “Optimization for Virtual Container Yard: Regional Repositioning of Empty Containers by Carrier Haulage”

Kenneth Duncan: “A Labor Scheduling Cost Minimization Problem under a Collective Bargaining Agreement”

Heidi Goldbrunner: “Latin America and International Trade - Research into the Macroeconomic Factors that Impact Import and Export Trade”

Angela Goyette: “An Empirical Study of the Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in China’s Coastal Region”

Murat Koksel: “U.S.-Australia Bilateral Trade Analysis: Evidence from an Ocean Carrier”

Joanna Lai: “Developing Appropriate Forecasting Models for a Customs Brokerage”

Monte J. Ong: “Maximizing Profits in Excess Closeout Denim Production”

Tulatat Pengphol: “Political Instabilities and Other Key Factors’ Impact on Trade between Thailand and the U.S.A.”

David Vong: “Who Are We Kitting? Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Kitting”

Chi-Ling Yu: “Selecting an Appropriate Forecasting Model Using Time-Series Methodology to Reduce the Bullwhip Effect, Improve Customer Service and Maintain the Stability of a Supply Chain”

Among honors given out to MAGL students, Chi-Ling Yu received the Outstanding Capstone Award, while Murat Koksel and Joanna Lai received awards for academic performance in the MAGL program.

Cohort VI also distinguished itself in the number of scholarships awarded to the students, all of which were merit-based. Angela Goyette was awarded a scholarship from WTS-Los Angeles; James Chik, Joanna Lai and Murat Koksel were awarded scholarships from the Port of Long Beach; and Kenneth Duncan was awarded a scholarship from the Los Angeles Transportation Club.

MAGL alumni continue to do very well professionally and personally:

Chris Dixon (cohort I) has taken a job as logistics manager at Red Bull NA.

Vibeke Seymour (cohort I) relocated to Denver and is working on implementing Project Lifecycle Management and SAP for United Launch Alliance. She is currently working on her project management professional designation.

Jason Blovad (cohort I) has returned from his three-year stint in Shanghai and will resettle in Southern California. He will be in charge of FTZ, CTPAT and supply chain security initiatives for Sony Supply Chain Solutions, Americas.

Brian Weiss (cohort IV) recently completed a six-month tour as liaison officer for the Defense Energy Support Center in Bagram, Afghanistan, serving as country manager for wholesale petroleum products being issued to U.S. forces. This fall, he will return to Toyota in the Logistics Operations Group.

Paul Merritt (cohort V) continues to work for the U.S. Coast Guard and recently recertified his incident command system instructor certification. He also taught a multi-agency response management class in April.

Cara Royds and Melissa Hughes (cohort V) are now both working for Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), making this the most rail-intensive cohort ever. Melissa will be working in Omaha, and Cara is working as a port trainmaster in Wilmington.

Our alumni reception in December was very well attended and we are planning another alumni event for spring. In the meantime, please check out the newly created Alumni Center at the CITT Web site to update your information, look at job postings and see what your fellow alumni have been doing:

The MAGL program now has groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Both groups are named 'CSULB MAGL Alumni' and are open to all current students and alumni. Please consider joining these groups and using them to keep in touch with your colleagues and receive alumni updates.