Supply Chain Management trip

The Center offers a certificate in supply chain management that is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in the Wisconsin School of Business. Students are required to complete a series of six courses to add the certificate to their current business major, providing a marketable differentiator.

Students enrolled in the certificate have the opportunity to participate in applied learning activities including guest lectures in courses, global trips, hands-on seminars, case competitions, and site visits. In addition to applied learning opportunities, the Center coordinates social events which promote network-building and create a support group for students while they navigate their undergraduate education. Currently, the undergraduate certificate has more than 100 declared students, and is still growing.

The program is supported by an Undergraduate Board of Directors who help provide guidance and support for the program. The 2017-2018 Board of Directors consists of Rachel Haas (BBA ’18), Jake Kiser (BBA ’18), Michelle Krob (BBA ’18), Megan Veriha (BBA ’19), Cassie Warton (BBA ’19), Taylor Wirsbinski (BBA ’18).

Required Courses

  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement and Supply Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Marketing Channels
  • Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management
  • Creating Breakthrough New Products or Service Operations Management or Operations Analytics

BBA Fall 2017 Applied Learning Summary

By Cassie Warton

The Center was quite busy during the fall semester executing our applied learning events that are pivotal in gaining real-world exposure in different industries. The semester included four events: an Epic site visit, a W.W. Grainger, Inc. lunch-and-learn, a Rockwell Automation presentation by EAB member Ernest Nicolas, and a Meijer distribution center visit.

To begin the semester, we had the exciting opportunity to visit Epic’s campus just outside of Madison to gain a deeper understanding of the healthcare IT services they provide. Later in the semester, representatives from W.W. Grainger, Inc. came to discuss what it means to be a supply chain analyst, and also discussed various other career paths within supply chain management. The Center’s events encourage students to connect with employers and discover more about supply chain roles and responsibilities in different lines of business. Ernest Nicolas, VP of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management, did just that when he presented on behalf of Rockwell Automation. Lastly, supply chain management students traveled to Pleasant Prairie, WI, to see Meijer’s fully automated distribution center, which serves stores across Wisconsin and Illinois. After a full semester of events, we are looking forward to what spring has to offer.

BBA Fall 2017 Social Event Summary

By Rachel Haas

This past fall, supply chain management BBA students participated in various social events to network with their peers, MBA students, faculty and staff, and industry leaders. The purpose of social events is to provide students with the opportunity to engage with their peers outside of the academic learning environment and foster lasting friendships through fun activities within the UW-Madison community. The social opportunities provided to undergraduate supply chain management students vary each semester and encourage student engagement. Highlights from last semester included the Executive Advisory Board Dinner, State Street Cheese Curd Crawl, Trivia Night, Study Day, and the Winter Celebration. For the spring semester, social event plans include an MBA panel, de-stressing with dogs, and exploring more of Madison’s cheese curds. BBA supply chain management students continue to look forward to more opportunities to get to know their peers!