Student Engagement

Students inspect distribution center
Students answer question in class
 Guest supply chain speaker in Taylor Auditorium
 Student watching guest supply chain speaker
 Student discussion during supply chain class

Key to the Center’s mission is the success of our students: we support them, corporate partner companies recruit them, and they come back as alumni to engage with our programs and activities. The Farmer School of Business tagline is “Beyond Ready,” and our supply chain students live up to this expectation. Our curriculum focuses on experiential learning, analytical skills, collaboration and team development, and leadership by practical example. The content is holistically focused on logistics, strategic sourcing, operations, quality and process improvement, enterprise IT systems, and integrated supply chain management. In an environment where supply chain talent has never been more important, we are preparing some of the best!

The CSCE offers Corporate Partners priority in engaging with our students in many different ways, including: participating in our Supply Chain Executive Speaker Series, networking and recruiting events through our student-led Supply Chain Management Association, a special pre-night Networking event prior to the large Miami University Career Expo, Company-Student class projects for “mini-consulting” events, and more.

Students—our relationships with Corporate Partners ensure that Miami University Supply Chain & Operations Management students have ongoing opportunities to engage with professionals, participate in hands on experiential learning, build their network and develop relationships with leaders who will help launch their supply chain & operations management careers!

Supply Chain Executive Speaker Series

Two to three times per semester, the supply chain management faculty host top supply-chain management executives to speak to 300-400 students currently enrolled in supply chain management courses. This serves the dual purpose of allowing students to interact with top supply chain management executives and understand current SCM issues, while giving companies the exposure to Miami's SCM students. Most of the executives represent companies who actively recruit Miami supply chain students for job opportunities. 

A sampling of recent speakers and companies involved includes:

  • Scott Cubbler, President, Life Sciences & Healthcare-Americas at DHL Supply Chain
  • Erik Caldwell, President, Last Mile Logistics at XPO Logistics (at time with Hudson Bay Company)
  • Tay Laster, VP of Integrated Business Supply & Demand Planning at The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Ellen Lord, CEO & President Textron Systems
  • Dave Woodworth, President of Terillium
  • Jon Giacomin, CEO of US Anesthesia Partners (at time CEO of Cardinal Health Medical Segment)


Supply Chain Management Association

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is a student-led organization that exists to provide career development opportunities for supply chain students at Miami University, although the club is open to all majors. These career development opportunities include professional speakers, tours of plants, case competitions amongst Miami students and other universities, and social events. Additionally, the club elects an executive board that allows students to hold a leadership role and connect with professors and companies.

Examples of previous facility tours include:

  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Marysville, OH
  • Schneider Electric, Oxford, OH
  • Toyota, Kentucky
  • Hudson Bay/GILT Distribution Center, Louisville, KY
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center, Jeffersonville, IN

Pre-Night Career Fair Networking Events

Each fall, the Department of Management hosts select company partners the evening before the career fair, with an informal time to meet our students (typically juniors and seniors) before the career fair. Previously invited companies include:

  • Honda
  • Terrillium
  • Textron
  • Cardinal health
  • Ascension Health
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • West Monroe Partners
  • Sears Holdings
  • Nielson
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Cintas


Student-Company Projects

Each semester, students of MGT 432 are divided into groups to collaborate with companies that have a track record of supporting the supply chain program on a project that is either something they’re considering or an internal study that they have conducted in the past. Firms that have supported MGT 432 include (but not limited to):

  • LSI Industries
  • Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Alea & Amori
  • Honda
  • NNR Global Logistics
  • Miami University Pro Shop
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • Kroger
  • Riverbend Malthouse
  • Cintas
  • MadTree Brewery
  • Terillium
  • Textron Aviation
  • David J. Joseph Company
  • ThyssenKrupp Bilstein
  • JTM Foods

In the past several years, we have asked our project partners to ensure that their projects are specifically relevant to purchasing and strategic sourcing topics, rather than any supply chain topic. These include supplier selection decisions, consolidating/centralizing purchasing spending, category studies, project lifecycle analyses, cost of ownership estimation, and product packaging. Other supply chain topics that have been used in the past include warehouse heatmapping, global logistics routing, 5S implementation, and more.

Case Competitions

The Management Department sponsor SCM students and pays most of the expenses for several SCM-oriented case competitions each year. Most recently, this included:

  • Kelley School of Business at IUPUI
  • General Motors/Wayne State, MI
  • Michigan State University
  • Denver Transportation Club
  • Weber State, UT