Nowak becomes Quinlan's latest Fulbright Scholar
Associate Professor Maciek Nowak has become Quinlan’s latest Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program supported by the U.S. government.
Nowak, a member of Quinlan’s supply chain management faculty, will spend six months in Poland, beginning in January 2017, and work alongside faculty with the Warsaw School of Economics, the leading business school in Poland.
While abroad, he will focus on two projects: improving the network design of the Polish post office and studying how the Polish supply chain can better support the country’s economic expansion.
Here, Nowak discusses his research and his goals while representing Quinlan on a global stage.
Why focus your research on the Polish postal system?
Poland is on the forefront of the Central European economic and political rebirth, but is still recovering from fifty years of Communist rule. That system was completely inefficient, and even after the fall of Communism, a lot of the same mentalities stayed in the system. It’s hard to change the culture.
But in the last few years, due to competition in the package delivery market, the Polish Post really had to make changes. They’ve done a lot of good things to improve their operations.
I hope my work helps establish the Polish Post as an international benchmark for governmental efficiency and contributes to Poland’s economic resurgence.
What else will you focus on?
My research on the developing Polish supply chain system will build off of my work in two other emerging markets: Vietnam and Tunisia. Central Europe, particularly Poland, has become a production hub for Europe and beyond. I hope to provide a snapshot of the components the country has in place to allow for domestic and foreign business to grow.
I’ll also focus on developing relationships abroad. At the Warsaw School of Economics, I will have the opportunity to talk up Loyola’s program, and see what opportunities there are for Polish students to come to the U.S.
Why did you apply for the Fulbright Scholarship?
The Fulbright program was established to create stronger academic connections between the U.S. and other countries, and to promote those countries within the U.S. That’s always been my goal, to cultivate deeper connections with Poland, to improve relationships, and to help Polish academics gain more prominence. The Fulbright program really allows for that.
Chicago obviously has a very large Polish community, and it would only make sense for us to partner with a school in Warsaw. It would be great to have more students coming over from Poland to study at Loyola. I think developing stronger ties is win-win for everyone.
What’s your connection with Poland?
I was born in Poland, and I speak Polish, but my family moved when I was two years old.
I’m looking forward to just experiencing day-to-day life. I’ve visited many times, and most of my family is still over there. But my trips have always been these week or two-week visits. This will be very different. I’m a little nervous about the winter—their winters are supposedly harsher than Chicago winters.
Nowak joins Professor Clifford Shultz on Quinlan's list of Fulbright Scholars. Shultz served as a Fulbright Scholar in Croatia in 1997 and has had multiple Fulbright assignments in Vietnam beginning in 2001.
Two other Fulbrights were awarded to Quinlan this year:
- Professor Dow Scott will serve as a Fulbright Specialist at Poland's AGH University of Science and Technology in Summer 2016.
- Alumna Riti Patel (BBA ’14) received a Binational Fulbright Internship in Mexico. Read more →
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