Specialized Experience: Since 1994 Dr. Sommer’s research efforts have been concentrated in the area of integrated enterprise modeling to facilitate the development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System-based supply chain solutions. During that time Dr. Sommer has provided research and consulting services to a multitude of national/international public and private sector organizations on ERP business process and technical infrastructure implementation. Past efforts include projects with the Naval Air and Sea Systems Commands to define the technical requirements for three large scale ERP system projects. Other research is focused on the development of a planning methodology that maps narrative strategic information into a formal process-planning model with which to begin the business planning and ERP implementation effort.
Dr. Sommer was a founding member and past director of the GMU Enterprise Engineering Laboratory. The laboratory is dedicated to ERP-based Business-to-Business electronic commerce, supply chain optimization, and ERP “Back-Office” integration research. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology in 1998 (Specialization -- Management Information Systems).
In 2002, Dr. Sommer was the GMU project leader on the Boeing Aerospace e-Business trading exchange demonstration project for the government of Taiwan. Most recently, Dr. Sommer was the project lead for a joint GMU/Computer Sciences Corporation research study on federal Electronic Business System best practices.