Dwight Collins, PhD

Dwight Collins, PhDAdviser to the Provost and Adjunct Professor


PhD, Operations Research, Cornell University
MS, Operations Research, Cornell University
BS, Engineering Physics, Cornell University


Dr. Collins is one of the founding faculty members of Presidio Graduate School. Prior to transitioning to his current Adjunct Faculty role in mid-2015, he was Associate Dean of Presidio’s MBA Program. He co-founded the Experiential Learning Program, named in his honor. In 2013, he co-founded the PGS Research and Case Development function, which sponsors student centered sustainable business research and case study development. In 2009, he co-designed and co-taught Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Graduate Certificate Program in Managing Sustainability.

Dr. Collins is also Founder and President of the Collins Educational Foundation (CEF), a 501 (C) (3) organization, which works to make our human presence on Earth sustainable. CEF conducts research, organizes retreats and conferences, and supports nonprofits focused on sustainability

Prior to joining Presidio Graduate School, Dwight directed Aspen Technology’s Strategic Planning Practice, which provided strategic planning optimization consulting services to senior executives. Common goals included planning acquisitions, divestitures, post-merger capacity rationalization, production consolidation, and distribution network redesign. Clients included BP Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, Borden Chemicals, and Abbott Labs.

Dwight founded a Semiconductor Industry Practice at Chesapeake Decision Sciences through which he was instrumental in devising strategic enterprise planning and customer order promising systems for several semiconductor companies including IBM Microelectronics, LSI Logic, and Cypress Semiconductor. In this time frame, Dwight also implemented supply chain optimization capabilities for Shaw Industries, the largest carpet producer in the US, and chemical company Rohm & Haas.

Earlier in his career, Dwight worked as a Senior Operations Analyst at Exxon Corporation, a Senior Consultant at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) (a Washington, D.C. think tank) and as Captain in the US Air Force. At Exxon, he built an economic model of the international coal market to support Exxon investment decisions. At LMI, and in the Air Force, he developed life cycle cost estimating methodologies used by the Air Force and subsequently by the US General Services Administration (GSA). He also taught Statistical Decision Theory as Adjunct Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Finance as Adjunct Professor at Wright State University’s Graduate School of Business.

Dwight is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), and International Big History Association (IBHA).


SUST6220: Operations and Supply Chain Management

  1. Pullman, Madeleine and Dwight Collins. “Reshaping the Operations and Supply Chain Management Core Class Curriculum to Include Business Sustainability.” Operations Management Education Review © 2013 Neilson Journals Publishing.
  2. Collins, Dwight E., Russell M Genet, and David Christian, “Crafting a New Narrative to Support Sustainability,” State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible, The Worldwatch institute, Washington, D.C. (4/2013).
  3. “Roundtable Discusses Sustainable Business in Pittsburgh,” OR/MS Today, June 2007 (Article reviews a November 2006 meeting of the INFORMS Roundtable (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) (http://roundtable.informs.org/).
  4. Richerson, Peter J., Dwight E. Collins, Russell M. Genet, “Why managers need an evolutionary theory of organizations;” Strategic Organization, Vol. 4(2): 201-211 (3/2006) (http://www.collinseducationalfoundation.org/Word%20and%20PDF%20Docs/Strategic_Organization_Essay_Mar_06.pdf).
  5. Muckstadt, John A., David H. Murray, James A. Rappold, and Dwight Collins, “Guidelines for Collaborative Supply Chain Design and Operation;” Information Systems Frontiers, 3:4, 427-453, 2001 (http://www.deltasw.com/English/Articoli/SupplyChainCollaboration.pdf) .
Teaching Case Studies
  1. Hoang, Jenny, Dwight Collins, and Dariush Rafinejad. (2012 July). A Tale of Three Bins: A Waste Reduction Case Story through a Systems Thinking Lens. Presidio Graduate School Case Study.
  2. Chandrasekaran, Sundaresan, Dariush Rafinejad, Dwight Collins. (2009 October). Turning End of Life Product Reprocessing into a Profit Center at Cisco. Stanford University Case Study.
  3. Collins, Dwight, Dennis Gawlik, and Karl Ostrom. (2005, November). Profitable Sustainability at Panasonic Shikoku Electronics Corporation of America (PSECA).
  4. (2004). Choosing Supply Chain Management Software to Maximize Profits at Weekenders, Ltd.
Conferences and Invited Presentations
  1. (2015) “Lessons for building a Resilient Sustainable Management MBA/MPA Program from 12 years Navigating a Changing Education Landscape,” American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education, Minneapolis, MN. October 26, 2015.
  2. (2015) “Support Frameworks for Getting to an Ecological Civilization,” Seizing the Alternative toward an Ecological Civilization, Pomona, CA June 7, 2015.
  3. Collins, Dwight and Meghna Tare. “Experiential Learning at Presidio Graduate School.” American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education. Nashville, TN. October 7, 2013.
  4. Pullman, Madeleine and Dwight Collins. “Integrating Sustainability Issues into Supply Chain Management Courses.” POMS Mini-Conference on Sustainable Operations. Denver, CO. May 2, 2013.
  5. Cabinte, Ryan, Margrethe Winslow, and Dwight Collins. “Developing an Integrated MBA/MPA Curriculum to Spur Innovative and Collaborative Solutions in Sustainability.” American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education, Los Angeles, CA. October 16, 2012.
  6. (2012). “The Evolutionary Account of the Universe: A Support for Behavioral Change Toward Sustainability.” American Big History Association Annual Conference. August 3, 2012.
  7. Collins, Dwight and Steven Crane. “Implementing a core competency-based MBA curriculum that integrates sustainability through all courses: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices.” CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). June 19, 2012.
  8. (2010). Developing Trends in Sustainable Business. “New Energy, Environment and Sustainability Workshop” at the 10th Emerging Information and Technology Conference. Stanford, CA. August 15, 2010.
  9. (2010). Introduction to Sustainable Business and Sustainable Operations. 56thAnnual Conference of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science – The Energy Transition – Religious and Cultural Perspectives. Star Island, New Hampshire, July 29, 2010.
  10. Collins, Dwight, and Dariush Rafinejad. Modeling Opportunities for Sustainable Business Decision Making. Invited presentation,2010 INFORMS Conference on OR Practice. Orlando, FL. Mar 19, 2010.
  11. (2010). Teaching Entrepreneurs How to Build Sustainable Businesses.  Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology: Sustainability Conference.  San Francisco, CA.  March 11-14, 2010
  12. (2009). Looking for Leverage Points for Change toward Sustainability.  Science, Wisdom, and the Futureconference, San Luis Obispo, CA.
  13. Collins, D, Ron Nahser. Art Whatley, (2008, Nov). Sustainability as the Core Theme in Graduate Management Education: A Synopsis of Two Programs. Management International Conference 2008: Intercultural Dialogue and Management. Barcelona, Spain.
  14. (2008). IFTF Institute for the Future, Annual Ten-Year Forecast Retreat, San Francisco, CA. Provided expert commentary and reactions to the Ten-Year Forecast components dealing with food, environment, and safety, April 9, 2008.
  15. (2008), “A Business Modeling Framework that Considers Environmental Dimensions,” invited talk in the Industrial and Systems Engineering/Sustainable Engineering Graduate Seminar Series at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), April 3, 2008.
  16. (2008). Interview, Cornell Engineering Alumni Association Conference on Sustainable Energy Systems. 28, 2008.
  17. (2008). “Teaching Sustainable Operations Management at the Presidio School of Management: A Progress Report,” 18th Annual Production & Operations Management Society Conference(poms.org),Dallas, TX, May 5, 2007.
  18. (2008). Panel Moderator, “The Future of Sustainable Business and Green Supply Chains,” Tuck’s 5th Annual Business Sustainability Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, February 23, 2007
  19. Collins, Dwight and Russell Derickson,“The Next Industrial Revolution – Key Tools for General Managers(Workshop),” Tuck’s 5th Annual Business Sustainability Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, February 23, 2007.
  20. Richerson, Peter, Collins, Dwight, Russell Genet, “Viewing the Challenge of Sustainable Development through the Lens of Cultural Evolution (vis-à-vis our Religious Traditions),” Religion and Sustainable Development Workshop, Makaha Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 10, 2007.
  21. (2006). “Recent Experience in Sustainable Business:Roles for OR,” Fall 2006 meeting of the INFORMS Roundtable, Pittsburgh, PA, November 5, 2006.
  22. Collins, Dwight and David Clark, “A Corporate Modeling Tool to Assess the Profit–Environ-mental Footprint Linkage Within a Large Company,” Sustainable Innovation 06, Oct. 2006.
  23. (2006). “Why managers need an evolutionary theory of organizations,” Transatlantic Research and Development Interchange on Sustainability (TARDIS 2006 – A Scientific Workshop (sponsored by the US EPA and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education),” Estes Park, CO, September 12, 2006.
  24. (2006). “Teaching Sustainable Operations Management at the Presidio School of Management,” Annual Conference, European Operations Research Society, Reykjavik, Iceland, July 5, 2006.
  25. (2005). “Lessons of Cultural Evolution: Some Strawman Linkages to Contemporary Business Practice,” Workshop sponsored by the Cultural Evolution in Business Project, Collins Family Foundation, Raindance Cabin Retreat Center, Santa Cruz, CA, Sept 30- Oct 2, 2005.
  26. (2004). “Lessons from Supply Chain Optimization Models and Supply Chain Physics,” Profitable Sustainability: The Future of Business (conference), Seattle, WA, September 27, 2004.
  27. (2004).Collins, Dwight, “Global Environmental Sustainability: Current Status, Positive Paths Forward, How the Student World Assembly Can Make a Difference,” Annual Conference: Student World Assembly, San Luis Obispo, CA, July 20. 2004.