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CSU competes in the General Motors/Wayne State SCM Case Competition

October 11, 2013

CSU students once again competed in the General Motors/Wayne State University Student Supply Chain Management Case Competition and once again distinguished themselves as one of the top teams at this event.

Colorado State University students once again competed in the General Motors/Wayne State University Student Supply Chain Management Case Competition from Sept. 19-22, and once again distinguished themselves as one of the top teams at this event. CSU won the competition in 2011. 

Angelina Howard, Thomas McCahan, Ryan Cudd and Joshua Johnson were selected to represent CSU this year.

The students had to develop a complex sourcing strategy for the battery for the new Cadillac ELR electric vehicle, taking into account the costs and risks of their decision.

Dominated first round

CSU’s team dominated the first round of the competition against well-known supply chain universities like Penn State University and Michigan State University and easily advanced to the finals. According to one General Motors judge that has participated in the competition every year, CSU’s solution was “the best student presentation delivered ever in this competition.”

The team’s coach, Paul Vanderspek, was astounded by the quality of their solution, analysis and presentation. “I thought they had worked in auto industry sourcing for decades as I watched them defend their ideas,” Vanderspek said. CSU, along with the University of Toledo, Wayne State University, Howard University and Florida State University advanced to the finals.

The students were presented with an entirely new case Friday afternoon and had to present their ideas at noon the following day. This second case required the students to extract $1B of cost out of GM’s supply chain and logistics, and move GM closer to a make-to-order model for delivering vehicles. CSU’s solution focused on a team approach to identifying cost reduction opportunities and tied them for second in the overall results.

Please congratulate the team members on this outstanding result.


Contact: Angelina Howard
E-mail: Angelina.L.Howard10@business.colostate.edu
Phone: 720-275-2638