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Whitman Supply Chain Students Compete in Case Competition

Whitman Supply Chain Students Compete in Case Competition

Four supply chain management undergraduate students participated in the fourth annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Management Competition, hosted by the University of Minnesota in late March.

The team was comprised of Joe Podoley, senior, and Alison Baehr, Xinye Zou and Ting Sen Chen, who are juniors. This was their first time competing though Whitman has competed in this competition since its inception.

“The students’ case focused on 3M and considered the growth of production facilities in the U.S., Central America, Europe and Asia to support the expected market growth of a new bandage,” said Julie Niederhoff, assistant professor of supply chain management. “Among other issues, it dealt with currency risk, market uncertainty, and intellectual property risks while projecting capacity needs and development timelines.”

The case competition included 15 teams that were split into different rooms. The Whitman team shared a room with Arizona State University, which was the winner and second in the overall competition, Penn State University and Purdue University.

On April 8, Whitman School supply chain students took first place in a regional Supply Chain Management Competition at Niagara University. Shangqi Li and Landi Zeng, seniors, and Alison Baehr, a junior, answered professional certification test questions in a series of increasingly difficult rounds. They beat out SUNY Buffalo in the final round for first place.

The Whitman School offers a supply chain management undergraduate degree program, an MBA specialization and a Ph.D. program in supply chain management.

For more information about Whitman’s supply chain management degree programs.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.