Meetings and Events

PDM's (Professional Development Meetings) are usually held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. These meetings provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in informational presentations, network with industry experts, exchange ideas and get caught up on the latest happenings within the industry. We also conduct seminars and local plant tours. All of these meetings are aimed to promote the educational and professional development of our members. These meetings are open to both members and non-members. Come join us!

Reservation Details

To make reservations, you can pre-pay using our paypal registration form or reserve using our Online Registration Form. Please sign-up for these events 3-business days prior to the event date. Most of our events meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month, so please make your reservation accordingly. No-shows will be charged. To cancel your reservation without incurring any fees, please send an email to reservations 3 days prior to the event. Walk-ins will be accepted to our meetings; however, the menu may differ. Cost of Plant Tours & PDM Meetings is $25.00 Time of Plant Tours and PDM Meetings begin at 6:00 or 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted). Dinner is normally served between 6:30-7:15 pm (unless otherwise noted). 

April 2019 PDM

April 16, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Cantina Laredo
8791 Lyra Dr
Columbus, OH 43240

Many technologies affecting, or potentially affecting, supply management have emerged in the past several years. Examples included, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and 3D Printing. It is difficult for supply managers to understand what these technologies are, much less whether or not they should be implementing them in their firms.

In this talk, Dr. Prud’homme will introduce each technology, provide evidence of the extent of their use in practice, and discuss realized and potential benefits and challenges of each. Managers may need to effectively implement these technologies (some sooner rather than later), else they may soon find themselves far behind in efficiency and effectiveness compared to competitors that have done so.


Dr. Andrea M. Prud’homme, CPIM-F CSCP CLTD CIRM is Associate Professor – Clinical at The Ohio State University.  She has also taught at Colorado State University and Michigan State University where she earned her PhD in Logistics and Operations Management. She is actively involved in APICS at both the local and national level, and has held positions on multiple Certification Exam Committees and with the Academic Committee.

With more than 15 years of corporate experience in worldwide supply chain management for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Energy Industries and Valor Electronics, her responsibilities have included managing projects for operations in Europe, Hong Kong, China and Mexico.


$10.00 APICS Student

$25.00 APICS Professional (Members and Guests)