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Supply Chain Students Win Regional APICS Case Competition

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APICS 2014 UofW 2 Milw SCC WinnersLubar Supply Chain & Operations Management students won this year’s American Production and Inventory Control Society’s (APICS) Great Lakes Regional Case Competition, besting 21 teams representing universities from across the Midwest.

The Lubar team, represented by Joseph Obligato, Matthew Daleiden, Ana Platukis, Steve Campagna, Sarah Schanke, Nick Zastoupil, Tony Robertson, and Natalie Foemmel, advances to the APICS National Competition in New Orleans this October.

In the Great Lakes competition, Team Lubar was presented with a manufacturing-centric case that included removing bottlenecks and analyzing investment alternatives.  The team had 12 hours to prepare a six-page solution essay and a five-minute presentation to the judging panel.

“Our success really came from our time management skills throughout group deliberations, and small group breakouts that focused on solving smaller pieces and led to a greater solution,” said Matthew Daleiden.

The Supply Chain & Operations Management program at the Lubar School of Business fills an increasing need across many industries for employees who can navigate the complexities of global supply chains.  Complementing the academic curriculum, the Supply Chain Management Institute provides “hands-on” learning experiences to students by overseeing applied research projects with businesses and facilitating internships with local companies.

APICS is an international membership organization for students, professionals and academics in supply chain and operations management.  The Great Lakes District competition has been held for 19 years.