Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The most important goal for Spartan Consulting is to provide quality consulting services to all the clients we serve. Although our general consulting body is made up of a wide array of students from exceptionally talented academic backgrounds, the Advisory Board serves as a resource to continue to drive an even stronger sense of quality to our most recent consulting projects.

SCI has carefully selected a group of experienced professionals who hold many years of academic and practical real-world experience to counsel our students in offering our clients the most well-rounded approach to resolving complex business issues. Students are very passionate about the opportunity to use their unique business skills while also obtaining more hands-on business experience. Additionally, professionals have a strong interest in providing a high level of mentor-ship for personal student growth and overall business client success.


Associate Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University

Dr. Judith Whipple is an Associate Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Prior to this, she directed the Food Industry Management Program at Michigan State University and taught at Western Michigan University in Food Marketing and Integrated Supply Management. Her teaching interests include logistics and supply chain management. Her research interests include supply chain integration, supply chain security, alliances and relationship marketing, and collaborative commerce. Dr. Whipple was awarded the MSU University-wide Teacher Scholar Award in 2005 for excellence in teaching and research.

Judith received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Michigan State University. There she majored in Marketing and minored in Logistics. She has a Bachelor of Science in Management Systems from General Motors Engineering and Management Institute. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked for General Motors Corporation–B-O-C Lansing Automotive Division in a variety of capacities such as Supplier Management, Production Supervision, and Materials Management.


Brandon Walsh holds an MBA with honors from the Broad Graduate School of management at Michigan State University with a concentration in Supply Chain management. Prior to business school Brandon was employed as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he focused on public sector consulting after several years in Defense and civil service. Brandon is currently a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group’s Detroit office. His experience includes Defense, consumer goods, health care, industrial goods and public sector work. Since joining BCG his work has been focused primarily in operations and strategy, across a breadth of industries including: health care, industrial goods, financial services and consumer goods. Notable case experiences include:

Conducting a LEAN transformation of a multi-national steel manufacturer
Benchmarking maintenance best practices and resource requirements for a biotech company
Identifying opportunities for product segmentation at a nutritional healthcare manufacturer
Conducting a strategic due diligence on a subprime auto lender
Implementation of a revenue growth initiative focusing on customer retention for the aftermarket parts division of a major automotive OEM


Faculty Director of the Demmer Center for Business Transformation

Shawnee K. Vickery is Demmer Legacy Fellow, Faculty Director of the Demmer Center for Business Transformation, Co-Founder of the MS in Supply Chain Management, and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of South Carolina. Professor Vickery’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of operations strategy, supply chain management, and management science. Her work has appeared in journals such as Management Science, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Production and Operations Management, and others. Over her career at MSU, she has served the Broad College of Business in various capacities, most recently as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research. Dr. Vickery is recognized for her work in the areas of operations strategy, production competence, and supply chain integration. Her research has focused on empirical studies of competitive performance in several key industries.


Vice President of Marketing

Professor Miller teaches strategic management and consulting. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, he taught at Purdue University (Krannert), the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration (GISMA), and New York University (Stern).

Professor Miller studies organizational learning, routines, and philosophical issues pertaining to organizations and management research. He and his co-authors develop computer simulation models to explore social learning processes and their implications for organizations.

Professor Miller is a member of the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. He serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Learning and Education, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization.


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