Sapphire BA497 Supply Chain Project wins Undergraduate Exhibition

Three Smeal teams participated in the 2018 Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition as part of the Applied Professional Experience practicum in which teams of Sapphire Program students work with clients to tackle real world business challenges. One team, a Supply Chain Improvement Process Project in partnership with DowDuPont, brought home first place in the course-based projects category

The 2018 Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition, a showcase of student work across all colleges in scholarly inquiry, research and creative endeavors, was held on April 18, 2018, at the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park. Three Smeal teams represented the Applied Professional Experience (APEX) practicum, where Sapphire Program students work with clients to tackle real-world business challenges. One team, a Supply Chain Improvement Process Project in partnership with DowDuPont, brought home first place in the course-based projects category.

The project:

The DowDuPont team developed specific and actionable recommendations to improve the distribution processes and methods for Corian® Quartz, while focusing on safety, environmental, financial and quality issues. The team met with representatives of DowDuPont on a weekly basis and interacted with their client's service partners and customers. As part of their efforts to understand the complete supply chain and provide actionable recommendations to the client, the team visited a distribution facility, conducted interviews with various stakeholders, and utilized Penn State Library resources.

The team:

As part of the Smeal Sapphire Leadership Academic Program Class of 2018, the team members worked together across a number of courses, projects, and other developmental experiences.

Rachel Gimuriman is a senior supply chain management major, and will be graduating in May 2018. Following graduation, Gimuriman will be working for PwC in New York City as a Technology Advisory Associate.

Christi Geisler is a senior in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, a five-year masters in accounting program in the Smeal College of Business, and will be graduating in May 2019. This summer, Geisler will be working for PwC in New York City as a Forensics Advisory intern.

Ryan Metz is a junior finance major completing a minor in business law. Metz will be graduating in the fall of 2018, and this summer will be interning at New York Life in the Financial Planning and Analysis group.

Rachel Crowley is a senior in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program and will be graduating in December 2019. This summer, Crowley will be working as an intern for PwC in New York City in the Financial Service Audit group.

Rachel Gaddis is a senior risk management, actuarial science option, major with a minor in Spanish and statistics. This fall, Gaddis will begin working for Transamerica in Baltimore as an actuarial analyst in Baltimore, MD.

The course:

The Applied Professional Experience (APEX) for Sapphires is a capstone practicum experience where teams of Sapphire students work with a sponsoring organization to address a current business challenge facing the organization. Students are expected to apply the wide range of knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their studies at Smeal. David Lenze, instructor of Management and Organization, is the the director of the Smeal APEX Program and leads the course. 

To learn more about the APEX program, access this link

Sapphire Leadership Academic Program:

The Sapphire Leadership Academic Program is designed for high-achieving students accepted to the Smeal College of Business wanting to enhance their business school experience. By providing unique academic content, leadership and professional development opportunities and real-world application of knowledge gained inside the classroom, the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program empowers student leaders to make an impact on business and society. 

To learn more about the Saphhire Leadership Academic Program, access this link.

Corteva Agriscience™: Corteva Agriscience™ is the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ and also a corporate sponsor for Smeal's Center for Supply Chain Research™. The Center brings together corporate sponsors and Smeal's talented students for real-life learning experiences, both course based and independent research studies.