Supply Chain win

TCU Supply Chain Students Win at Michigan State Challenge

In a nail-bitingly close competition, TCU supply chain majors Carly Boobar, Kat Law, Mark Alar and Kris Kutch took second place out of 15 teams from universities across the country.

November 09,  2017

By Elaine Cole

It came down to a tie-breaker. Out of 15 teams, TCU was tied with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who eked out a win over the smart team of TCU senior supply chain majors.

Carly Boobar, Kat Law, Mark Alar and Kris Kutch won an impressive second place after an intense competition that consisted of 13 rounds of “granular simulation crammed into about three hours,” according to Boobar. Northeastern University came in third.

“It was exciting to watch our team begin to understand and analyze the complicated simulation, which was a strong testament to our education at Neeley and TCU,” Law said. “It was also great to see each team member contribute, since everyone had their own unique skills to offer. I think it was our impressive ability to work as a team that set us apart from the competition.”

“Our team did a great job of not getting distracted by the typical approaches, but rather seeking out-of-the-box solutions to the issues we were facing,” Boobar said.  

The team had to make decisions about suppliers, transportation, production schedule, capacity requirements and sourcing strategies. They were judged on total revenue, order fulfillment, inventory turns and a profit figure.

“The competition provided an excellent outlet to apply all we've been learning in class while building an awesome team dynamic and networking with peers and employers,” Alar said. 

Teams from 15 universities participated: TCU, Wisconsin-Madison, Northeastern, Michigan State, Arkansas State, BYU, Central Michigan, Duquesne, Grand Valley State, Miami, Ohio State, North Florida, Wayne State, Western Michigan and West Virginia. Sponsors included Chrysler, Dow Chemical, EDS, Flextronics, General Motors, IBM and Motorola. 

“I can speak for the team when I say how proud we were to represent TCU. Tying for first place was gut-wrenching because our numbers were so close, but regardless of the final outcome, we are proud of our hard work,” Boobar said.