The certification program is offered by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, or APICS, a 70,000-member, not-for-profit international education society composed of professionals from manufacturing and allied industries.
To qualify for the recognition, members must first complete a rigorous course of study and a series of six comprehensive examinations, which earns them the designation of Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Outstanding contributions to the industry are additional required criteria for the CFPIM recognition.
Udo has been a faculty member in Tennessee Tech's College of Business Administration since 1990. He teaches and conducts research in areas of information systems/technology and production/operations management. He has published 45 academic papers on many issues, including the application of information technology to manufacturing problems.
"I'm very honored to have earned the CFPIM designation, particularly because it represents my contribution to others who can benefit from my knowledge and understanding within my area of expertise," Udo said.
Gary Pickett, chairperson of the Department of Decision Sciences and Management, noted the certification "reflects Dr. Udo's high level of professionalism and commitment to serving the business community."