Supply Chain Management students represent Smith at networking events and case competitions

The 2023–2024 school year provided Smith’s supply chain management (SCM) students with the opportunity to participate in events where they could network and put their learning into practice.

The first, Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE) at the University of Arkansas, gave students the opportunity to network and develop professional leadership skills while learning about career opportunities in the field. Niratcha “Grace” Tungtisanont, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Logistics, Business & Public Policy, accompanied four undergraduate students to the event. “It’s a student symposium filled with activities where SCM students can network with other students and organizations and learn more about the SCM field,” she said.

Smith School students compete in the National Women’s Issues Competition, hosted by The University of Texas (UT) at Austin.

At the National Women’s Case Competition, hosted by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, students from across the country presented a case focused on the environmental theme that was the theme of this year’s event. This was the first year that students from the University of Maryland (UMD) participated in the event, with four students forming a team representing the Smith School.

Jen Braud ’04, MBA ’09, Americas Logistics Supply Chain and Business Analytics Manager at Apple in Austin and a member of the Smith SCM Advisory Council, began volunteering with the competition in 2021. She has volunteered every year since. “UT Austin and Apple are partnering to create a case competition that challenges students to think critically and solve real-world industry opportunities,” Braud said.

Braud helped organize networking events during the case competition and had the opportunity to meet and talk with students about their experiences during their studies, as well as share advice and information about her work at SCM.

Nina-Netanya Enwesi ’23, who was part of the UMD team, wrote in a LinkedIn post that it was “an honor to be part of the first group from the University of Maryland to ever represent our school at this prestigious event.”

Tungtisanont said both opportunities were “amazing” for the students. “Even though the events are short, students get to gain experiences that a classroom can’t provide,” she added. “I believe this experience will stay with them as they move toward their future careers.”