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Supply Chain Management Team Scores First in Competition

Competing against large public schools and other private institutions, a Duquesne University team of students walked away with the top spot in Michigan State University's sixth annual Donald J. Bowersox Undergraduate Supply Chain Challenge.

The team, advised by Dr. John Mawhinney, assistant professor and director of supply chain management programs, was ranked No. 1 in a comprehensive supply chain management global simulation requiring forecasting, planning, supply management, distribution and employment of supply chain management strategies.

The Duquesne team, in only its second year of participating in the competition, captured the $2,000 first-place prize after facing a dozen challengers, including Ohio State University, West Virginia University, Arkansas State, the University of Dayton and Miami University, Ohio.

The seniors comprising the winning team were Julie L. Wetzel of Sharpsburg, David J. Eich of Greencastle, Pa., and Joshua Lang of Wexford.

"This terrific win underscores what an outstanding supply chain management program we have in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business," said Dr. Dean McFarlin, dean of the business schools. "Our students were up against some of the best in the nation and outperformed them all. We are very proud of them, our program and our supply chain faculty who have created a phenomenal learning environment."

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