Haworth College of Business News

ISM team places third in national supply chain competition

A team of four ISM students were challenged to create a supply chain for the Chevrolet Volt as part of a national supply chain competition. The result — a third place finish!

The WMU team was among 16 teams from universities across the nation competing in the first General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, placing higher than teams from Florida State University, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan.

WMU team members included:

  • Logan Iudiciani of Rochester, Mich.
  • Christopher Mulcahy of Livonia, Mich.
  • Matthew Smoker of Bronson, Mich.
  • Cameron Tew of Rochester, Mich.

Prior to the competition, the teams examined the electric vehicle parts and component supply chain through a case study.

As part of the competition, teams explored sourcing options for components for the Chevrolet Volt, an extended range electric vehicle that is being rolled out for sale this year. The team created a supply chain to produce a navigation system for the vehicle that involved shipping the system to the GM assembly plant in Hamtramck where the Volt is built.

The four teams in the finals, along with WMU, were Wayne State University, Texas Christian University and Colorado State University, which won the competition.

“Our team demonstrated to the judges the comprehensiveness of the ISM program and that our students are job ready,” says Dr. Sime Curkovic, professor of management and advisor to the group.

As part of the event, students had the opportunity to meet and hear from professionals in the supply chain management field.