February 21, 2020

UW-Superior students take second in Supply Chain Management Competition

A group of University of Wisconsin-Superior Supply Chain Management students took second place in the 2020 CSCMP Wisconsin Supply Chain Student Case Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The students competed against teams from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The team of six students including Thy Bui (Lagi, Vietnam), Peter Gosswiller (Cokato, Minnesota), Carson Haase (Brandon, South Dakota), and Hunter Wraspir (Hutchinson, Minnesota) were given a case study ten days prior to the competition to research and develop a proposed solution. The students were asked to identify operations issues of a hypothetical company, analyze alternatives, and present recommended solutions. Following a ten-minute question-and-answer session, student teams had 20 minutes to present their recommendations to a panel of judges, who played the role of the company’s executive team.

“While the preparation was a lot of extra work, it was worth it to have a strong solution to present to the judges,” said Haase. “Many of the executives and other CSCMP team members came up to us after our presentation and commented on how thorough our analysis was.”

This marks the second time a team from UW-Superior has participated in the competition. The first time in 2018, the UWS team took first place. This year, the UWS team took second and UW-Madison claimed first. The students received a cash prize of $1,000 to be split between team members.

“I am so proud of the accomplishments of our students,” said Dr. Mei Cao , UWS supply chain management professor. “Their success in this competition speaks to the hard work and dedication of our students and the excellent instructional quality in UW-Superior’s transportation & logistics and supply chain management programs.”

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