Haslam Students Take Second Place at Supply Chain Competition

April 29, 2015

The Haslam College of Business’ team was the runner up in the annual Intermodal Association of North America’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management Case Competition. Hosted by the University of Northern Florida, the undergraduate competition took place on April 15.

Haslam students have participated in the IANA/UNF competition during five of its seven years and have placed second or first in their past four attempts. “The continued success of the Haslam students is a testament to the quality of our program and to the caliber of our students,” said Diane Mollenkopf, the McCormick Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management and advisor for the student group.

This year’s Haslam team members included seniors Ethan McCullough, Matthew Nolte, Andrew Reed, and sophomore Grant Taylor. The team was selected based on their participation in the EY-sponsored case competition held at the Haslam College of Business in fall 2014. The on-campus competition was started by supply chain students in 2013 as a way to help improve their analysis and presentation skills in preparation for case competitions such as IANA/UNF.

Cases for the competition focus on global logistics issues. The judges are senior supply chain leaders in their organizations who ask pointed questions aimed at challenging the students’ strategies and scenario assessments.

IANA sponsors the competition through the Transportation & Logistics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida Coggin College of Business. Eight universities are invited to bring student teams: Auburn, University of Maryland, University of North Texas (2015 winner), Georgia Southern, University of North Florida, Michigan State University, University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee.