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Supply Chain Students Rise above the Curve

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Supply chain management is a critical skill in today’s business world, and several University of San Diego business students have proved themselves ahead of the curve.

Last month, three undergraduate business students earned first place in a case competition sponsored by ISM-San Diego, an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management. The USD team of Alex Riolo, Breanna Barnes, and Brian Maurer competed against teams from San Diego State University and California State University, San Marcos in the event hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric.

Supply chain management includes the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, and synchronizing supply with demand. . The case competition tasked students with representing the best interests of Pacific Gas and Electric in response to pending regulation. In an effort to help the company and the environment, the USD team made recommendations to introduce clean energy initiatives, ultimately winning the competition. As their prize, ISM-San Diego will sponsor a portion of the travel expenses for the USD team to attend the ISM National Conference in Las Vegas in May.

Not only do these students have the opportunity to attend the national conference, but they also gained experience in handling real issues in the current supply chain market. “I liked the hands-on aspect,” said Riolo (pictured far right). “The case was very applicable to the real world as the legislation we reviewed is currently in the process of becoming law.”

USD offers a minor in supply chain management and as in other recent competitions, the USD team beat students who are majoring in the discipline. “The program is very tailored to the current needs of the job market,” Riolo added. Students also have networking opportunities through USD’s Supply Chain Management Institute that offers events with industry and professionals in the field throughout the year.

“Alex, Breanna and Brian did a fantastic job, once again demonstrating the outstanding caliber of our supply chain students at USD,” Joel Sutherland, managing director of the Supply Chain Management Institute at USD. “They are all looking forward to attending the ISM annual conference in May and networking with supply chain professionals and other students from across the country.”

– Kristen Darling ‘15

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