Events & Networking

Learn about trends and opportunities in supply chain management and network with industry professionals at one of our many events.

Supply chain management professionals networking at the annul Supply Chain Forum. 

Weinman Cup Regional Supply Chain Case Competition

The Weinman Cup Case Competition is held annually and attracts student teams from five universities, including Kutztown University, Morgan State University, Shippensburg University, Stevenson University and Towson University. The Weinman Cup has been integral to the career development and preparation for many students, some of whom did not have a background in supply chain management and grew as professionals from the experience. Students gain confidence, analytical skills, and real-world experience, while boosting their networking and presentation skills.

Fully developed and implemented experiential learning opportunities, like the Weinman Cup, have a tremendous global reach that will influence the field of supply chain management for decades.

Past Events

New Graduate Student Orientation: New graduate students met with Supply Chain Program faculty during the virtual Fall 2022 orientation. It was a great opportunity to meet the new students and to welcome them to the supply chain program!

SCM Alumni Night: Webinar sessions were held for former students to be able to connect with current students in the Supply Chain Program. Former students Nhan Nguyen, Lorraine Black, and Brandon Pyles shared their experiences in the program, including their Capstone projects, and how they applied to their current career paths.

TU's 2022 Commencement Ceremonies: Towson University's College of Business and Economics celebrated its Fall 2022 commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, December 21st. For supply chain and project management, this includes 10 students that walked across the stage! Watch full ceremonies here.

A Slice Of Supply Chain: The graduate students partnered with the faculty member to organize an event to promote the M.S program and create awareness about the importance of studying supply chain.

Guest Speaker Event: We welcomed Perdue Farms' Network Operations Transportation Manager, Morley Daehn, to speak to our graduate students. Mr. Daehn described the supply chain process from farm to store to final consumers. He also answered audience questions about how transportation is different for the consumable goods industry. As many of the products are temperature-controlled and restocked on a shorter timeline, the supply chain process differs largely from the dry manufactured goods industries.

Alumni Speaker Event:This event showcased three successful TU Supply Chain alumni who shared their experiences and offered valuable advice to current students. Dominique Hawkins, a Demand Planner at Pandora, discussed how her classes at TU provided her with a solid foundation in demand planning and process mapping, skills that she continues to utilize in her professional role.  She also encouraged students to seek out opportunities to learn new analytical tools.

Jesus Salaverria, a Supply Chain professional at PepsiCo and TU graduate, emphasized the importance of setting oneself apart from other graduates. He attributed his success to his participation in the Supply Chain Competition and going above and beyond what was required of him. Students were urged to take advantage of available resources and strive for excellence in their pursuits.

Dulce Salaverria, also a TU Supply Chain alumna, shared her experiences as an international student and highlighted the importance of involvement on campus. She and her brother, Jesus, held various jobs on campus and participated in competitions, which allowed them to build connections with staff and fellow students who offered invaluable support throughout their academic journey.

Overall, the event was a great success, showcasing the accomplishments of TU alumni and providing valuable insights and advice for current students.

Maximize Career in Supply Chain Management: Students talked with YoPro Know founder Kamber Parker to learn more about the career search process, along with sharpening their interview skills and strengthening their LinkedIn profiles.

Graybar Event: Vice president and CIO of Graybar, Scott Clifford, spoke during the spring 2021 supply chain management executive speaker series. Clifford spoke about Graybar and the company’s effort to better streamline inventory. He discussed a case study and analysis where inventory was rerouted to save significant shipping costs

Alumni Guest Speaker: Students met and talked to alum Allison Ahdieh. She discussed her master’s in supply chain management, her career path and how hands-on technical skills in SAP are helpful for graduating students

B.S./M.S. Info Session: We had an accelerated supply chain management info session on March 31. Students learned more about the growing supply chain industry, the demand and opportunities available, had their questions answered by the program director and more. 

SCM Info Session: The supply chain management program hosted a virtual information session for students who were interested in the master’s in supply chain management program. Students talked to the program director and had their questions answered regarding applications and admission.

SCM Virtual Happy Hour: We hosted the first SCM Virtual Happy Hour to informally connect alumni, students and professors; they definitely enjoyed our fun game night.

SCM Alumni Speaker Panel: We were joined by Angela Czajkowski ’13 from Shapiro and Davey Chamberlain ’19 from Carter Machinery to explain a day in the life of a supply chain director and a project manager. Students learned a lot and had a chance to network.

Students in Action: 2020 BTU Partnership Awards honored research on elections security by Natalie Scala; SCM students Yeabsira Mezgebe, Isabella Bloomquist, Betelhem Jilcha, and Megan Price; and alum Lorraine Black. 

Empowering Secure Elections is a unique partnership that helps to identify and mitigate potential cybersecurity threats during the voting process. The partnership started in 2017 and addresses results of studies that have shown that there are more than just cyber threats to election, like physical and human threats. 

The research developed modules that train election judges to recognize that a threat may be present and equip them with the actions to mitigate the threat. It allows voters to know that their vote is secure. This work specifically fills in the gap to provide a cybersecurity-specific training module for each of the five general stations at a Maryland polling place. Scala said she is very proud of the work that the students have done, and all their hard work helped to protect over 850,000 voting citizens.

Capstone Projects Presentations: Each term senior supply chain graduate students present their independent research or applied projects in the area of supply chain. Students work under the supervision of their faculty advisers to address a significant theoretical or applied problem in supply chain management. Students experienced presenting their projects via a virtual webinar this term.

TU Hosts SAP Conference: CBE’s Department of Business Analytics & Technology Management partnered with the Maryland-Baltimore Chapter of America’s SAP Users’ Group to host the 2019 fall conference.

High School Students Explore Supply Chain Education: 17 students from North County High School visited TU to learn more about the supply chain management Program. These students were part of a signature program in international trade, transportation, and tourism.

Students in Action: SCM graduate student Lorraine Black took a leading role in “Empowering Election Judges to Secure Our Elections.” This research project designed online training modules to improve the security of Maryland’s voting processes through election judge education. Lorraine is working alongside her mentors, Natalie Scala and Josh Dehlinger (CIS department).

B.S./M.S. student Rami Newman was featured as a “Future Leader” at the 2019 CSCMP EDGE conference in Anaheim, California. The conference featured panels and booths from prominent companies such as IBM, Disney and Walmart. “The EDGE conference was a fantastic experience, helping me develop my networking skills and get my foot in the door of the supply chain world!”

Warehouses & Offices Tour: Our supply chain students had the opportunity to tour the following warehouses and offices: Penguin Random House, McCormick and Stanley Black & Decker. Current Grad Presents Research in Collaborative Scheduling: Supply chain graduate student Vincent Schiavone led discussion on his research in collaborative scheduling at the March 2019 Construction Industry Institute project meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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