Students compete in Operation Stimulus case competition

Four Whitman School of Management undergraduate students competed in the 17th Annual Jerry R. Foster Student Competition, held January 31-February 1, 2013 in Denver, Colo. The national case competition was held during Operation Stimulus 2013, the premier transportation and logistics conference within the Rocky Mountain region.

This year, Operation Stimulus hosted 18 teams from schools across the United States and Canada, the largest competition to date. Teams not only come to compete in the case competition, but also to learn about transportation, logistics and the supply chain through panel discussions, student debates, historical perspectives, social/professional networking, fundraising and recreational opportunities. Both the conference and the case competition are organized and sponsored by the Denver Transportation Club.

Students Nicholas Soh, Bing Gao, Jinny Cheung and Jack Jesset represented Whitman in this year's competition. Gary LaPoint, Whitman assistant professor of practice for supply chain management, and Scott Lathrop, assistant professor of practice for marketing, traveled with the team.

"The competition helps our students because they are challenged to analyze a real-world situation, investigate the problem, and prepare a quantitative analysis and recommendation based on quantitative results and business logic. Many students struggle with quantitative analysis, and the Operation Stimulus competition provides an excellent opportunity to refine these skills. Plus, having an opportunity to make a formal presentation in front of practitioners is always valuable," says LaPoint.