Supply Chain Students Place Seventh in APICS Case Competition
A team of Supply Chain & Operations Management students from the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business placed seventh in the APICS Great Lakes Student Case Competition. The Lubar team competed against 22 other teams from universities across the Midwest to recommend solutions to supply chain and operations challenges of a real company.
The Lubar team – Tony Robertson, Eugene Rendel, Saul Sutton, Reginald Madlock, Joe Obligado, Spencer Parlow, Laura Gams, and Jim Annis – qualified for the competition by placing first in a practice case study sponsored last November by the APICS-Milwaukee Chapter, which sponsored its trip to the Great Lakes competition in Illinois.
Robertson called it a “wonderful and memorable” experience. Each team is required to analyze and develop solutions to address a business problem, including writing a report and making a presentation to a panel of judges. He said that team members decided to donate their prize winnings to their student organization, LOMIS (Logistics, Operations Management & Information Systems).
Assistant Professor Xiang Fang, who served as the team’s faculty advisor, agreed that the competition was a great learning opportunity for students. “They got to ‘test’ their classroom education and really did an impressive job,” she said.
The Supply Chain & Operations Management program at the Lubar School of Business is growing in terms of both size and reputation, filling an increasing need across many industries for employees who can navigate the complexities of global supply chains. The School’s Supply Chain Management Institute adds to the “hands-on” learning experiences available to students by providing outstanding opportunities to conduct applied research projects for businesses and intern with local companies.
APICS is an international membership organization for students, professionals and academics in supply chain and operations management. The Great Lakes District has offered this competition for university students for the past 18 years.