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November 16, 2023

K-State students participate in National Supply Chain Case Competition in Detroit

Submitted by Brandon Savage

Caleb Conyers, Nathan Francis, Aaron Doell, and Logan Goetzinger at the GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition

A student team representing K-State recently participated in the General Motors/Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business Supply Chain Case Competition in Detroit, Michigan, showcasing their skills and knowledge against some of the best university teams from across the country.

The competition offered more than just a challenge; it was a comprehensive learning experience. The K-State team visited GM headquarters at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, gaining firsthand insights into the operations of a global automotive leader. They also toured Little Caesars' downtown headquarters, witnessing another dimension of supply chain management in the food industry.

Interactions with students from other top universities provided the team with a broader perspective on supply chain strategies and practices. This cross-pollination of ideas and experiences was invaluable, fostering a spirit of collaboration and innovation.

Aaron G. Doell, senior in management from Wichita, found the competition to be a worthwhile challenge.

"Participating in this competition is a great addition to my resume as I enter the operations and supply chain job market," Doell said, appreciating the well-organized and rewarding nature of the event.

Logan Goetzinger, a senior in operations and supply chain management from Hugoton, expressed how the competition was a significant confidence booster in his career choice.

"Applying what I've learned at K-State to real-world problems in this setting was incredibly fulfilling," Goetzinger said.

Caleb Conyers, a sophomore studying industrial engineering and hailing from Wichita, also found great value in the competition.

"It helped me deepen my interest and understanding of supply chain and logistics, particularly in applying these concepts to real-world challenges," Conyers said. "The networking opportunities were an added bonus."

Nathan Francis, a junior in finance from Kansas City, reflected on his invaluable experience, noting his enlightening interactions with General Motors economists.

"The private sector's need for economists was eye-opening, not just in the demand but also in the lucrative opportunities available," Francis shared.

The competition ended with an award banquet on the top floor of the Renaissance Center, the tallest building in Michigan. This is the sixth year that K-State has participated in the competition.