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University of Akron Wins APICS Student Case Competition

UPublish story by Rick Vitullo

Akron Team Heading to New Orleans for International Competition

Coraopolis, PA. February 22, 2014: The University of Akron took 1st place in the APICS Mid-Atlantic District Student Case Study Competition. The students from Akron won the Grand Prize, $5500 towards travel expenses to compete at the International Case Study Competition at APICS 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Students take advantage of this opportunity to hone their analytical, public speaking, team dynamics and leadership skills during this annual event!

The winning team members are undergraduate students Courtney Ou, Christopher Cesta, Patti Bailey Roach, Annie Nelson, Nicholas Waggoner and graduate student Mark (Xiao) Sun. Professor Jeong Hoon Choi served as the team’s student advisor. Chris Cesta and Courtney Ou were on last year’s team. Courtney Ou said, “It was such a great experience! It was really been a wonderful opportunity.”

There were total of 12 schools represented, 11 undergraduate schools and one graduate school all competing against each other. Students prepared a written report and presented their recommendations for the Wawa Case. The teams arrived in Pittsburg on Friday and worked through the night in order to be ready the following day. John Sulka, Director of Membership for Akron APICS said, “The one thing that I think definitely differentiated Akron from all the other schools was that their solution to the case study took a data driven approach to justify their finding.”

After fierce competition, three teams were selected as final awardees. The second place award was given to the Penn State University Team, and the third place award was given to the Cleveland State University Team. Bob Wynes, Director of Student Affairs for Akron APICS said, “I left Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon inspired by Akron’s talent.”

The participating schools are (in alphabetical order):

Ashland University;

Bowling Green State University;

Cleveland State University;

Duquesne University (Graduate and Undergraduate teams);

Penn State University;

Robert Morris University;

University of Akron;

University of Delaware;

University of Pittsburgh;

University of Toledo; and

York College of PA.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.


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