Matthew Kern of Zionsville is part of the Bradley University APICS team to win the supply chain management organization's annual international case competition, giving the university its first win at the event.
The competition is a yearlong event in which the team developed top case studies at a general qualifying round in the fall, a regional qualifier in the winter and the October international final in Chicago.
Two hundred schools participated. In the championship round, Bradley competed against teams from Canada, Mexico, and India, as well as Georgia Tech, Harvey Mudd College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Since joining APICS tournaments in 2012, Bradley's teams consistently finished among the top eight in regional rounds. Bradley's team included Heather Hawkins '19, an industrial engineering major from DeKalb, Ill.; Mark Hernandez '18, a global supply chain management graduate from Carol Stream, Ill.; Matthew Kern '19, an industrial engineering major from Zionsville, Ind.; and Logan Welling '19, an industrial engineering major from Guttenberg, Iowa. Dr. John Yoo is the faculty advisor.
"Simply speaking, this competition is Supply Chain Olympics, and Bradley won the Gold Model," said Dr. John Yoo. APICS is the industry leader in supply chain certification, training, and networking. For over 60 years, APICS has provided world-class supply chain training and certification to foster supply chain talent and improved end-to-end performance. Under the umbrella of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), APICS sets the industry standard for supply chain education through outstanding training, certification and community programs.