Qirong (Annie) Zheng
Class of 2017
Major: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut
For Annie Zheng, the choice to attend Syracuse University came down to three factors: academic prestige, diversity and its large variety of extracurricular options. Now a senior majoring in supply chain management at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Zheng feels she made the right choice.
“I selected supply chain management as a major because I’ve always enjoyed making systems and processes more efficient,” Zheng said. “Additionally, supply chain is a cross functional department so I can be exposed to different department operations and better understand the company overall.”
On campus, Zheng is the vice president of finance for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity and serves as a teaching assistant for Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management Julie Niederhoff. She also works as a student ambassador and office assistant for the Whitman Career Services Center.
Zheng has excelled during her time on campus and has gained experience through a multitude of internships.
This past summer, Zheng was a supply chain intern for Eaton Ephesus Lighting, a startup lighting company that provides lighting solutions to major venues like Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, as well as NFL stadiums and NHL arenas. As a supply chain intern, Zheng organized and reconciled more than $6.5 million of inventory between company and supplier databases.
Recently, Zheng was awarded an Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations Management and Education (AWESOME) scholarship. Through the scholarship, Zheng will be able to participate in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Global Conference (CSCMP) and the annual AWESOME Symposium.
“I am extremely grateful for the AWESOME scholarship because I’ve never attended a professional conference before,” said Zheng. “I want to thank the Whitman faculty and the AWESOME committee for helping me to get there.”
Currently, Zheng is seeking employment and plans to work a few years before going to graduate school to expand and fine-tune her abilities.
“Ideally, I would love the opportunity to converge nonprofit and supply chain together because I’ve always been passionate about alleviating issues for anyone in need, especially children,” said Zheng.