Class of 2015
Majors: Finance, Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Skaneateles, New York
Kenneth Dick initially came to Syracuse with a plan to major in finance, but quickly discovered a secondary interest in supply chain and logistics that has led to many further opportunities for success.
“When I took integrated core and got an idea for what supply chain entailed, I found it much more interesting because there was much more out-of-the-class learning to facilitate value creation and continuous improvement, without increasing revenues,” explained Kenneth.
Now in his senior year at Whitman, Kenneth has found his analytical skills to be highly beneficial as he looks towards the start of his career in operations and logistics. Kenneth was recently selected as the winner of the Denver Transporation Club’s Terry L. Priest Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding students in transportation, supply chain and logistics field. He was presented with the scholarship at this year’s Operation Stimulus Case Competition in Denver.
As a member of the Franklin Supply Chain Club, Kenneth has traveled to Denver for the past two years to participate in the Denver Transportation Club’s Operation Stimulus Case Competition,which took place from January 29-31. This year, fellow Whitman students Colin Morgan, Emily Egan and Yunwen (April) Gu joined Kenneth at the event, led by Professor Gary LaPoint. The team competed against students from 15 different universities, placing third overall.
In addition to working with LaPoint at the supply chain competition, Kenneth said that his favorite class at Whitman, Lean Six Sigma, was also taught by LaPoint. In this challenging class, Kenneth worked with a group of students to apply their business skills in a hands-on setting, working with an emergency room to make operations run as smoothly as possible for the public.
“We put a lot of time into it and were able to start to understand the impact of real-life projects,” he explained. “It was a deviation from normal business courses because we stepped away from thinking solely about money and began to think about process improvement in relation to quality of life.”
Outside of Whitman, Kenneth spent last summer interning at Gorton’s Seafood in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the purchasing and project management sector. After working with people from a variety of teams and departments, including finance, accounting, engineering, quality, operations and distribution, Kenneth was able to analyze the company’s entire supply chain and present his ideas to the CEO regarding how to create value in this environment.
Congratulations to Kenneth for his receipt of the Terry L. Priest Scholarship, and be on the lookout for him as he moves forward in his career in supply chain!