Penn State Smeal MBA students top U.S. schools at logistics case competition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Last month, six students in the Penn State Smeal College of Business master of business administration program traveled to the University of Arkansas to compete in the Sam M. Walton College of Business International Graduate Logistics Case Competition. The Smeal team topped their U.S. competitors and earned third place overall.

Team members included second-year MBA students Tim Pace, Jose Fanjul, Derek DeGroot, Felicia Li and Joey Ly, as well as first-year student Darius Adl. Alan Stenger, professor emeritus of supply chain management, joined them as their faculty adviser.

“We really stood out in terms of overall communication. The Smeal faculty does a great job of teaching us communication and presentation skills, including how to make effective PowerPoint slides.”

-- Darius Adl, Penn State Smeal MBA student

“The issues we had to tackle included the inefficient supply chain and inaccurate forecasting related to Walmart’s private label bottled water, as well as sustainability issues,” said Li.

The Penn State Smeal MBA team advanced to the final round along with Chalmers University of Technology from Gothenburg, Sweden, and Darmstadt University of Technology from Darmstadt, Germany.

“We really stood out in terms of overall communication,” said Adl. “The Smeal faculty does a great job of teaching us communication and presentation skills, including how to make effective PowerPoint slides.”

The invitation-only event brings students from top universities in logistics and supply chain management; this year, 12 teams competed in all.

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Last Updated September 10, 2013