2018 Supply Chain Pitch Contest

The 2018 Supply Chain Pitch Contest open to over 63,000 Penn State undergraduate students, all majors on all Commonwealth campuses, was held on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018, at University Park’s Steimer Auditorium in the Forest Resources Building. The annual contest is hosted by the Center for Supply Chain Research™ (CSCR™) and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, both within the Smeal College of Business.

The 2018 Supply Chain Pitch Contest that is open to over 63,000 Penn State undergraduate students and all majors on all Commonwealth campuses was held on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018, at University Park’s Steimer Auditorium in the Forest Resources Building. The annual contest is hosted by the Center for Supply Chain Research™ (CSCR™) and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, both within Smeal College of Business.

With donations from our 2018 contest sponsors made up of CSCR™ Corporate Sponsors, the final teams competed for over $11,000 in awards. This year's contest sponsors included: CHAINalytics, CVS Health, Corteva AgriScience, JDA, KANE is Able, Rockwell Automation and Wegmans

The keynote speaker for the evening was Marcel Bergerman, COO and co-founder of Near Earth Autonomy, innovators in autonomous aerospace and robotics technology. Bergerman is responsible for the operations of the entrepreneurial venture making “autonomous flight commonplace and safe.”

Congratulations to our top four teams.

1st Place for $6,000 - Team Kijenzi
A social venture using 3D printing to ease last-mile availability of medical equipment in Eastern Africa.
Team Members:
Akhil Pothana, Information Sciences and Technology
Chandler Goewert, Information Sciences and Technology
Daniel Kats, Biomedical Engineering
Luke Pinto, Information Sciences and Technology

2nd Place for $3,000 - Team Maverick
Facilitates medical device supply chain visibility using a system to gather, organize and report raw FDA data resulting in standardized continuous data access for all areas of the supply chain from manufacturer to end user, as well as provide valuable sales and product movement data.
Team Members:
Devanshi Agnihotri, Health Policy Administration
Joel Seidel, Engineering
Timothy Emeigh, Science

3rd Place for $1,500 - Team Pharma Phlight
A third-party logistics provider (3PL) to curb rural pharmacies’ and their customers’ geographical restrictions while enhancing accessibility to valuable prescription medications expedited with advanced drone capabilities.
Team Members:
Chaoyi Zhu, Statistics
Josephine Kenny, Supply Chain and Information Systems         
Jason Miller, Engineering
Mitchell Clark, Supply Chain and Information Systems

4th Place for $800 - Team TranSync
A collaborative transportation management system using blockchain technology to improve visibility, productivity, security and sustainability.
Team Members:
Amy Altmeyer,  Supply Chain and Information Systems
Benjamin Wonderling, Supply Chain and Information Systems
Maria Lucchi, Supply Chain and Information Systems

Thank you to this year's contest judges.

Sumanee Ehrensaft, Director, Inventory Management, CVS Health

Kevin Meck, Vice President , Service Sales, JDA

Troy Mascarenhas, CFO, KANE is Able

Daniel Stidsen, Materials Program Manager, Rockwell Automation

Roy Winters, Director, Rochester Operations, Wegmans

To learn more about the Supply Chain Pitch Contest, access this link.