Faculty Spotlight


As a professor of Supply Chain Management and Sustainability, Dr. Omar Keith Helferich has taught his students about the domains of risk management, security, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility since 2003. While at CMU, he has developed an Enterprise Sustainability course and multiple Executive MBA on-line courses.

Dr. Helferich has brought over 35 years of industry experience to the classroom, including 5 years in environmental and industrial health and 30 years in supply chain and logistics consulting. During his career, Dr. Helferich, has held high-ranking positions, such as Vice President of Integrated Strategies Inc. and the Director of Michigan State University’s Supply Chain Management Outreach Program.

As a member of the American Red Cross for 20 years and a Rotary Club Member for 5 years, Dr. Helferich is a true humanitarian. He has spread his philanthropic nature by leading numerous classes to the Dominican Republic where they provide aid and service to those in need.

Dr. O. Keith Helferich will be retiring by the end of the summer. He has spread the message of humanitarianism to Central Michigan University and it's students. Thank you Dr. Helferich for all that you do.


Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Michigan

Master of Science, Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Master of Business Administration, Quantitative Methods, University of Michigan

Doctorate, Business Administration, Michigan State University



Dr. Helferich has given over 150 presentations on the application of technology to supply chain management. He has also co-authored three books including: Logistical Management 1983, Putting Expert Systems to Work in Logistics, CSCMP, 1990 and Securing the Supply Chain, CSCMP, 2002.

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With over 35 years of consulting experience in supply chain management, Dr. Helferich has worked with over 150 organizations in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, computer, food, medical, and pharmaceutical industries. He has been apart of the American Red Cross Critical Response Team for 15 years and was apart of the disaster relief effort for Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Humanitarian Logistics at CMU

Dr. Keith Helfrich's MKT 599 Humanitarian Logistics class members Asia Bennett, Tiffany Simpson, and Danielle Booms, joined SCMA members Stephen Dunn, Craig Gorksi, and Victoria Schick to provide aid and service around La Romana, Dominican Republic.

The 2017 team provided materials and helped to fix a security fence, cleaned a yard for a future sports area, and fixed playground equipment for the children. The team was involved in various activities over three days of our program with around 40 school children. 

The team also installed 8 home water filters that will provide at least 50 poverty level people with clean water within the Batay's of local sugar cane fields. The visiting medical clinics say that the clean water improves the health of the children.