Bill Keough

Profile: Bill Keough

I grew up in New York and my favorite food is New York pizza.  

I began my career with IBM as an enterprise technology consultant and, in that role, I saw first-hand the enormous opportunities that exist to optimize a firm’s supply chain by improving processes, technology, and inter-enterprise collaboration. 

I especially love working with students in the Practicum course in the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master's degree program, where student teams apply all the concepts and skills they have learned to identify and solve complex, real-world business problems.

I am studying the highly-complex aerospace industry supply chain, and my current project is focused on technology to improve product quality, on-time delivery, and corporate profitability.

Affiliate Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Managing Director, Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master's Program
wkeough@uw.edu
206-799-3108
Office: 
Wilson Ceramics Lab 109

Specialties

  • Supply chain IT systems
  • Value chain integration
  • Procurement
  • Designing and deploying enterprise-wide supply chain performance management programs

Bill is managing director and affiliate associate professor for the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master's degree program and manages his own supply chain consulting firm. He holds a BA from Cornell University and an MS from the University of Houston. Before joining the University of Washington, he held senior positions at IBM, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and Schlumberger.

He has taught at Rice University, the University of Houston, and the Global Supply Chain MBA program at the SP Jain Centre of Management (Singapore and Dubai).

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I grew up in New York and my favorite food is New York pizza.  

What inspired you to pursue a career in supply chain, transportation and logistics?

I began my career with IBM as an enterprise technology consultant and, in that role, I saw first-hand the enormous opportunities that exist to optimize a firm’s supply chain by improving processes, technology, and inter-enterprise collaboration. 

What has been a highlight of being a faculty member at the UW SCTL?

I especially love working with students in the Practicum course in the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master's degree program, where student teams apply all the concepts and skills they have learned to identify and solve complex, real-world business problems.

What research projects are you working on?

I am studying the highly-complex aerospace industry supply chain, and my current project is focused on technology to improve product quality, on-time delivery, and corporate profitability.

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