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PICRM-2011-05

Life Cycle Analysis in the Printing Industry: A Review

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the leading tool for estimating environmental effects of products and processes. Despite this wide use, LCA analysis re...
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Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D.


Interim Associate Dean, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology

Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. is the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences and the Paul and Louise Miller Distinguished Professor in the School of Print Media at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Cummings provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the areas of media industries analysis, media distribution and research methods.

Dr. Cummings' research is focused in the areas of media distribution and printing industry trends. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker on critical trends in post-press and issues impacting the Graphic Communications Industry as a whole. She is Board member of NAPL and serves on the Board of Governors for the R & E Council of NAPL. She is a member of the prestigious Walter E. Soderstrom and Nonpareil Societies of NAPL and the R & E Council.

Twyla possesses both a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and a M.S. Degree in Business and Industrial Management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She earned her Doctoral Degree in Management from The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to her professional commitments, Dr. Cummings is actively involved in the Rochester community, serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation. Previously, she served as Board Chair for the YWCA of Rochester and as a Board Member for the Rochester Women's Network.

All Research Items

7 items.
Title Year
Industry Trends in Fulfillment, Finishing and Distribution
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. , Kalpana Chhita
2004-2005
Media Distribution in the Printing Industry
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. , Bernice A. LeMaire
2005-2006
Utilization of E-Commerce by Commercial Printing Companies
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. , Bernice A. LeMaire
2005-2006
Print Media Distribution: Process, Profitability, and Challenges
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. , Maria N. Cummings , Bernice A. LeMaire
2006-2007
An Examination of Newspaper Business and Workflow Models
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. , Howard Vogl , Claudia Cristina Alvarez Casanova , Javier Rodriguez-Borlado
2008-2009
Print Media Distribution: A Look at Infrastructure, Systems, and Trends
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. , Bernice LeMaire
2008-2009
Evaluating the Viability and Usefulness of a Distribution Center for Print Service Providers
by Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D.
2009-2010