This past Fall Semester the Center was able to offer a variety of applied learning opportunities. While COVID-19 limited physical interactions and site visits – students were able to connect in an unlimited fashion with other students and professionals virtually around the country and even internationally. Justin Eaton (MBA 2013) from Perfect Keto kicked off the semester and discussed his learning curves while managing costing and supplier relationships at the health-oriented CPG start-up. Next, BBA alumni participating in rotational programs joined a panel to discuss why they entered their respective programs and the value of their experiences. Many students interested in sustainability were able to gain industry insights at Google, where representatives discussed corporate social responsibility, ethics, and compliance. Then Tommy Atwell (2011 BBA) and Jonas Krumland represented 4PL, Logward all the way from Germany. They showcased their software and data analytics capabilities that help “move containers and change mindsets.” Former BBA, Emily Carlson, and her team from Medtronic presented the impacts of COVID on their supply chain and showcased inventory visuals created from Power BI. Representatives from APICS connected with students to inform them on how they can get further involved with the supply chain industry and receive certification. Finally, Mark Dyer (MBA 2010) from CISCO joined to talk about his career path and how COVID has disrupted the business and the hardware supply chain.
Other events throughout the semester included virtual games, trivia, and fan-favorite Among Us. The Grainger Center has some awesome applied learnings coming up in Spring of 2021 and is excited to spice things up with some competition in the form of case study competitions.