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photo of student teamISM students place second at international case competition—A team of ISM students finished second at the 2017 General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition. This is the first time a WMU team has placed in the annual competition.
graphic congratulating WMUWMU named finalist for manufacturing leadership award—The Bronco Force warehouse initiative beat out dozens of nominations, making it a finalist for the 2017 Manufacturing Leaders Talent Engagement Award.
photo of AGCO employeesHiring ISM Broncos at AGCO—AGCO has received numerous accolades and awards for its innovative supply chain. Read how the company harnesses ISM talent from WMU to manage its complex, global supply chains.

photo of warehouse workerWMU launches supply chain academies in new tech center—WMU's Bronco Force and Urban Alliance are joining forces to provide critically needed supply chain management industry support and training for unemployed and underemployed residents.

photo of Justin DudzinskiAmazon's latest ISM employee—ISM grad Justin Dudzinski, B.B.A.’17, describes the path to his job at one of Amazon’s newest fulfillment centers packed with high-end technology, including robots.

photo of ISM gradsISM grad and his roommate launch Mochabox.com—ISM grad Harlin Thomas and his WMU roommate Floyd Sartin teamed up to launch Mochabox.com, a roast-to-order wholesale coffee distributor.

 photo of Eddie MulfordISM student receives prestigious scholarship—Edward Mulford has been awarded a coveted Transportation Club of Detroit scholarship for 2017. This marks the fifth year in a row that a WMU student has been the recipient of the scholarship.

AGCO logoGreg Toornman, director of global materials, logistics and freight management at AGCO, mentions their collaboration with the WMU ISM program in Supply Chain World in an article on AGCO's smart logistics initiative.

photo of Dr. CurkovicCurkovic and alumni create new global industry standard—Working with leading indirect procurement execs and a global consulting firm, Dr. Sime Curkovic was tapped to help direct the efforts in developing an indirect procurement standard now available to industry.

photo of judgesCase competitions—During the 2016-17 academic year, ISM students participated in seven case competitions, including the General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, the Michigan State University Simulation Case Competition and the Institute for Supply Management Indirect Materials and Services Conference and Competition.

photo of teamSIG World Summit—WMU was one of five universities with ISM students selected to attend the Sourcing Industry Group World Summit in Amelia Island, Fla., and the only one with students selected at the undergraduate level.

photo of teamNational case competition—A four-student team earned an Honorable Mention at the University of Minnesota's 5th Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition. This is the first year Western sent a team to the highly competitive, national competition.

photo of Rachel LarsonRising ISM senior awarded coveted $10,000 national scholarship—Rachel Larson was selected to receive the 2017-18 Gary L. Buffington Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a rising senior in a qualified undergraduate industrial distribution program that exhibits industry relevance and mentorship.

photo of participantsWMU Supply Chain Challenge—Teams from Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and WMU competed in the first WMU Supply Chain Challenge sponsored by Whirlpool.

photo of studentsISM professional development presentation—ISM students Rachel Larson, Edward Mulford and Courtney Patterson presented on Business Team Functionality at the Institute for Supply Management Greater Grand Rapids Professional Development Meeting on Feb. 21, 2017.

photo of Lauren CarrollISM student recognized as 2016-2017 Trailblazer of the Year—Lauren Carroll was named the 2016-2017 Trailblazer of the Year. The Trailblazer program is in its third year and recognizes and honors business students for their commitment to academics, personal and professional development, leadership and community, and campus involvement.
graphic of the number 2SCM ranks ISM No. 2—WMU's ISM program ranked second on a listing of the top 100 universities for supply chain talent produced by SCM World, a cross-industry learning community powered by the world's most influential supply chain practitioners.

photo of Ryan BetkeLinkedIn Post—Ryan Betke "Grade Point Average and the Workforce."

photo of worker269Magazine—Kirk Wilks, vice president and general manager at Mann+Hummel USA, discusses WMU's supply chain program in 269Magazine in an article titled "It's a Family Affair."

photo of Laura KarlenFlying High: Student Takes Off During Internship—Read about ISM student Laura Karlen's internship with Rolls Royce. 

Student perspective—Justin Oldani shares his journey as an ISM student.

photo of teamWMU team places third in 2016 Bowersox Supply Challenge—A team of WMU ISM students placed third in the 2016 Bowersox Supply Challenge, marking the University's first placement in the competition that annually brings together teams from around the country.

photo of Dr. CurkovicLinkedIn Post—Dr. Sime Curkovic "Promoting a Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy."

photo of Justin OldaniLinkedIn Post—Justin Oldani "The Dream Team: Supply Chain Program at WMU."

photo of journal coverPublished research—Curkovic, S., and Stoufe, R. "A Literature Review and Taxonomy of Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing." American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2016, p. 323-347.

graphic of the number 9Top 10 in the country for a second time in a row—The ISM program is heralding a national accolade that puts it among the top such programs in the country.

photo of journal coverPublished research—Curkovic, S., and Fernandez, N. "Closing the Gap in Undergraduate Supply Chain Education through Live Experiential Learning." American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2016, p. 697-708.

W logoKeynote speakers—"Advancements in Supply Chain Management and Novel ERP Systems" presented by Drs. Bret Wagner and Sime Curkovic for the Chrysler Asian Network 2016 Technical Seminar Series, FiatChrysler Corporate Headquarters, Auburn Hills, Mich. (June 30, 2016).

graphic of the number 2ISM at No. 2 for teaching with technology—Calling the program "Truly Special," software advice ranks ISM No. 2 for teaching technology, software and quantitative tools.