University of Tennessee

Student Group Tours Boeing, Port of Charleston

December 23, 2015

Ten students travelled to Charleston, South Carolina, to tour the Port of Charleston and Boeing manufacturing facility on Nov. 20-21. Haslam’s student chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) organized the trip.

Ethan McCullough, the student group’s vice president of site tours, said communicating with the port’s CEO about a personally guided tour was the highlight of the experience.

“I learned how to interact with a high level executive,” McCullough said. “They are people just like us. In business school, it’s easy to put companies and their executives on a pedestal.”

Students learned about federal oversight and anti-terror defenses at the port as well as how it coordinates with the Panama Canal and other ports on the east coast. The Boeing facility provided examples of how to utilize cross-functional teams and the global nature of supply chains.

McCullough said that because the trip was student-lead, it also offered learning opportunities outside from his major.

“I was expected to run it from idea creation to implementation,” he said. “This is just one example of how supply chain and CSCMP push people like me and my student colleagues far beyond the classroom.”

Haslam’s chapter of CSCMP is one of only 15 Student Roundtables recognized by the parent organization nationally. Wendy Tate, associate professor of supply chain management and the group’s faculty liaison, supervised the trip to Charleston.