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    IUP SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT STUDENT TEAM COMPETES IN FINALS OF INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY COMPETITION

    11/9/2018
    IUP’s team included recent bachelor’s degree graduates Cole McSwaney and Mike Roby and recent Master of Business Administration graduates Sireesh Es Sadish and Bhavin Jain Heeralal. Sadish and Heeralal completed studies in the Eberly College’s MBA Program in cooperation with partner university PES in Bangalore, India.

    McSwaney is a dual baccalaureate graduate in Supply Chain, Human Resources and Psychology from Mars. While at IUP, he was president of the IUP Association for Supply Chain Management. Roby, a Supply Chain Management graduate with minor in economics and statistics from New Market, Maryland, was executive chairman of the organization while at IUP.

    Following graduation, McSwaney and Roby took positions with DHL Logistics. Sadish and Heeralal returned to India to manage their family businesses.

    APICS is the premier supply chain professional organization. The national competition was sponsored by Deloitte, an international consulting company. The finals were held earlier this month in Chicago during the annual APICS Conference. More than 2,000 supply chain professionals from all over the world attended the conference. APICS, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit international educational organization, offering certification programs, training tools and networking opportunities to increase workplace performance.

    The IUP team’s journey to the finals started in October 2017, with the college competition. After winning at the college level, the team won at the local level, competing against schools in western Pennsylvania.

    In February, the team won the regional competition in Parsippany, N.J. against schools that had advanced to the regional level from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland, including University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, University of Maryland-College Park, and Northeastern University.

    IUP’s opponents at the international level included University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore, India’s premier business school.

    Dr. Prashanth Bharadwaj, dean’s associate in the Eberly College of Business and a faculty member in the Department of Management who teaches the supply chain class, served as the team’s mentor.
    “The students’ conceptual understanding of supply chain topics such as warehouse location planning, logistics network design, inventory control, and risk pooling, as well as related topics in marketing and accounting was superior.

    “They also had to incorporate news from some current events such as the impact of tariffs and Brexit. In addition, their advanced Excel knowledge and presentation skills helped them to progress to the international level. I was proud of their accomplishments!”

    IUP has an active schedule of hands-on experiences for its students, including members of Dr. Bharadwaj’s supply chain class. Most recently, nearly 50 students in Dr. Bharadwaj’s class made the annual trip to Woodland to tour one of the biggest and most-awarded Walmart distribution centers.

    In addition to a tour of the center, students had the opportunity for a question and answer session, discussing the growth of e-commerce and the competition from Amazon and Target, with Walmart executives including Market Manager Carol Williams, a 1993 alumna of IUP, who oversees a dozen Walmart stores in the region.

    The Supply Chain Management degree prepares students for a career in both manufacturing and service organizations in managing quality, processes, capacity, inventory, suppliers, facilities, projects, and sustainable operations.

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