Henry C. Co, a professor in the technology and operations management (TOM) department for 15 years, died on July 29. He was 63.
Co was a pillar of the TOM department, serving as chairman, overseeing curriculum development and assisting in the creation of the Supply Chain and Operations Technology lab, which was honored with an innovation award and grant upon its opening in 2007. Co was instrumental in developing the e-business track in the College of Business Administration and helped establish the only California collegiate chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
In addition to CSCMP, Co also involved with the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He published more than 30 articles in top-ranked journals in the field of operations and industrial engineering. He also presented his work at numerous conferences.
“He was a dedicated faculty member who took his job seriously,” says TOM Chair Hassan Halati. “His research was impeccable and was very active in the supply chain industry.”
Co received his doctorate in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
A Philippine native of Chinese descent, Co began his career in the industrial engineering department of Philippine Electric Corp., a subsidiary of General Electric. Eventually, Co pursued his doctorate, and his love of higher education led him to travel the world. He taught at the University of the Philippines and at National University of Singapore, where he served as the sub-dean of the business school and led the committee that developed a Ph.D. program in management. He also taught at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina before coming to Cal Poly Pomona in 1998. Always willing to take on a new or additional class, Co taught several undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and participated in the university’s onetime MBA program in Vietnam.
Juanita Roxas, chair of the international business and marketing department, says Co was a valuable resource in the College of Business Administration. For professors involved in research, Co offered to assist with quantitative analysis. Rarely did he ask for co-authoring credit, Roxas says.
“I would often go to him for advice,” Roxas says. “He was always there to listen and help.”
Co is survived by his wife Miranda and their two children, Hanna and Julius. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at First United Methodist Church of Upland, 262 N. Euclid Ave., Upland.
(Photo: Henry C. Co.)