Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students get noticed

They used an award to kick off a crowd-funder

Above: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students Zane Hashmi, Lara Masri and Nathan Hill won $600 in the Boeing NW Case Competition and leveraged it into a crowdfunding effort that has raised more than $16,000 so far for the WWU/APICS chapter.

Western’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary blend of business and operations, manufacturing engineering and leadership— a skillset that’s so valued by employers that the program boasts a 98-percent career placement rate.

The program is also getting noticed in global rankings. SCM World, an online community devoted to the supply chain industry, recently asked industry insiders to name their top-three universities as “markers of supply chain talent.” Western’s program came in at number 6, receiving more top-1 votes than such big-name schools as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Penn State.

Respondents liked that WWU supply chain grads had some real- world experience, including at least two internships, before graduation. Students complete six months’ worth of internship experience—and work alongside alumni—at companies like Amazon, Boeing, Fluke, Microsoft, PACCAR, Starbucks and more.