In 2000 Dr. Van Orden graduated with a BS in accounting from Brigham Young University. His first position after graduation was with John Deere as an accountant. He moved to New Mexico for a better opportunity with Rinchem, a logistics company. After one of the executives retired, Joe was given the opportunity to take over Rinchem's trucking fleet; it was losing 60k a year, and the company had considered closing it down. At the time, he was just starting his MBA at night at the University of New Mexico; his prior focus had been on finance, but once his job changed, he also changed his emphasis to operations and logistics management. He caught the supply chain bug and has never looked back. Operations and Logistics management taught him strategies for how to look at problems and issues with new eyes. Joe and his team turned the small trucking fleet around, and it grew quickly from eight trucks to 30 in three years. Rinchem went from losing 60K per year to making 900K in trucking. This success inspired Dr. Van Orden to want to learn even more about logistics; he left his work in 2005 to get a PhD at the University of Utah. Four years later, he left the University of Utah to accept a logistics teaching position at West Point Military Academy in New York. Dr. Van Orden loved teaching at West Point, but he married a beautiful Mesa girl that wanted to move back West. Rinchem at that time had branched out into international logistics, and they invited Dr. Van Orden back to direct the international shipping group. In the past four years he has designed supply chains for companies like Intel, Micron, and Entegris, traveling to Israel, China, Korea and more. Dr. Van Orden is excited to be invited back into the academic environment by ASU as a clinical assistant professor of Supply Chain Management.
Dr. Van Orden consults in the following areas: Lean Service Design, Chemical Supply Chains, TMS implimentation, Truck Brokering and International Supply Chains.