2009 UNT logistics team
A team of students from UNT's College of Business has won the National Logistics Challenge for the second consecutive year.
The UNT team has been a top competitor at the national challenge in the 10 years that UNT's logistics program has existed. The team has won the competition five times, including this year, and only finished lower than third once.
The 2009 team is made up of Tracy Booker, Kyle Hightower, Poh-Lynn Ng and Chris Walls, all seniors in the UNT's supply chain management program. They competed in the college-bowl style competition, which was held in Pittsburgh, Penn., on March 26.
During the multi-round challenge, teams of students are asked questions about the field of logistics and awarded points for correct answers. Logistics is defined as the portion of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements.
The team was sponsored by the Texas Logistics Education Foundation Center for Logistics Education and Research, which is housed at UNT. The students were coached by Ila Manuj and Steve Swartz, both assistant professors in the Department of Marketing and Logistics.
"Whether they win or lose, the National Logistics Challenge is a great experience for our students to meet with professors and students from other schools," Manuj says. "Students learn to handle pressure and perform in a competitive environment. They learn to think creatively and make quick decisions. The competition also prepares them for a head-start in their careers as they form networks that stay with them long after the contest is over."
The National Logistics Challenge includes teams from the top logistics programs nationally, including Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University and Auburn University. The competition is in its 19th year and is sponsored by the national professional organization for logistics and supply chain management, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the Pittsburgh Roundtable.
UNT's Logistics and Supply Chain Management program is the seventh-largest program nationally. It was ranked 18th nationally in an academic industry survey. The program offers degrees and specialization options at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.
Alyssa Aber with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Aber@unt.edu.