Students compete in First Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition


A team of Whitman supply chain management majors were invited to compete in the First Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition at the University of Minnesota, April 3-6, 2013. The competition brought together eleven of the top undergraduate supply chain and operations programs in the country and included cash prizes totaling $7,500.

Students Bing Gao (’13, SCM, Finance, Global Enterprise Technology), Quyen Duong (’13, Retail, SCM), Margaret Jones (’13, SCM, MAR, EEE), and Stella Min (’14, SCM and Finance) competed against teams from Arizona State, Brigham Young, Indiana, Iowa State, Penn State, TCU, the University of Maryland, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota.

According to the University of Minnesota website, the purpose of the competition is to:

  • Provide an exceptional learning experience for supply chain and operations undergraduate students
  • Promote the field of supply chain and operations as a field of academic study as well as a career path
  • Showcase corporate partners who support the case competitions and hire supply chain and undergraduate students
  • Enhance academic skills by applying concepts, tools and techniques of supply chain and operations to solving a business problem
  • Strengthen connections between top supply chain universities and corporate partners
  • Build relationships among top supply chain and operations undergraduate universities for sharing curriculum, new trends, and future directions
  • Provide financial support to undergraduate students via cash prizes

On Thursday, students visited competition sponsors 3M, Target, Cargill, and C. H. Robinson.  On Friday, the teams were given the case and allowed 24 hours to prepare their analysis before presenting it to the judges on Saturday morning. The top honors in the very intense competition went to Indiana University.

The trip was generously sponsored by the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management and the Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute.