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Business students win SAP scholarships

May 13, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University business students are among 10 students nationwide to win $10,000 scholarships from the world's leading business software company, extending WMU's winning streak to three consecutive years.

Alison Brubaker of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Kevin Little of Kalamazoo, Mich., both recent graduates in integrated supply management, are winners of the SAP Americas Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding undergraduates in business, computer science, mathematics or engineering.

This is the third consecutive academic year WMU integrated supply management students received the scholarships.

The SAP Americas Scholarship Program awards each of 10 students from SAP Academic Alliance Universities across the United States and Canada a $10,000 scholarship to cover educational expenses. A major component in the evaluation process is a research paper with a topic relevant to ERP--Enterprise Resource Planning--systems or other state-of-the-art technology. The paper must thoroughly examine both the issue and its consequences, as well as propose practical recommendations to solve it.

Supply chain risk

Brubaker's paper was titled "Use of a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Module Integrated into SAP to Address Supply Chain Risk."

"Failure Mode and Effects Analysis has been proven to help mitigate risk in various functional areas of the business, but only recently has it been used for supply chain risk," Brubaker says. "Supply chains are becoming more complex, and the uncertainties are multiplying. The integration of a FMEA module for supply chain risks into an ERP system would significantly assist businesses in the unique challenge on a day-to-day basis."

ERP security

Little's research paper was titled "Internal Threat: The Broken Link in ERP Security."

"I examined the security threat that end-users pose to ERP security and proposed several solutions for dealing with that threat," Little says.

Both students graduated in April and used their scholarships to pay expenses for their final year at WMU.

SAP University Alliance

The SAP University Alliance program provides faculty members at about 120 universities in the United States and Canada with the tools and resources necessary to teach using SAP Business Suite--software that supports business, engineering and information technology programs and enables students to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem solving, case studies and research programs.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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