National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition winnersFour Carlson School undergraduate students earned the runner-up spot in the National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition on Nov. 15 in Tempe, Ariz.

The team — Kurtis Conkel, Ethan Beatty, Ben Nash, and Brandon Bigelbach — received a real-world supply chain case, then devised a solution, and presented their recommendations within 24 hours for the win.

“The Carlson School team competed against several top supply chain schools and did a great job with a tough case,” says Senior Lecturer Steve Huchendorf, the faculty director of the twice-annual supply chain and operations case competitions.

The teams were judged by a panel of corporate sponsors representing JDA Software, Intel, Avnet, JCPenney, Amazon, Chrysler, Petsmart, and RBC Bearings.  The competition was hosted by the student-run Supply Chain Management Association of Arizona State University. 

The winning team represented University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eight schools participated in the competition, and included many of the top supply chain schools in the nation:  Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Howard University, Iowa State University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Carlson School Supply Chain Department partners with Arizona State University to coordinate the National Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition each year:  ASU sponsors the Fall Series, while the Carlson School sponsors the Spring Series.  The spring series will take place April 15-18, 2015.