1st Year MBA: The Inside Scoop

by Brad K. Grantz, MBA Candidate & Graduate Fellow, Class of 2019

I cannot believe I have been in the MBA program at the Penn State University-Smeal College of Business for 8+ months. The incredible amount of admiration, gratitude, and respect I have for my fellow classmates, the staff, and faculty here, has made time pass at an unimaginable rapid pace. While this Continue reading

Meet 220: Ryan Hess

Ryan Hess, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Recruitment, Professional Graduate Programs

What’s your role with the Smeal PGP office? 

I am just starting out as the Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Recruitment for the MBA and MOL programs. Essentially, I’ll be working with everyone from prospective students to alumni and employers, and everyone in between. Continue reading

Net Impact Week 2018

By Sophia Schuster, MBA Class of 2019, President of Net Impact

I emailed Dan Guide to organize a talk in which he would discuss how he integrated sustainability into his career in Supply Chain Management. I was particularly struck, though, when he expressed his belief that Business Schools, which, for years, placed a heavier emphasis on financial cost minimization than on social cost minimization, had intrinsically contributed to the environmental crises that our world is facing today. Expanding upon that point, he noted that it was the responsibility of these same Business Schools to instill a higher moral code among its students so that they may more effectively lead the modern corporation.
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Great Experience at the 14th KeyBank Minority MBA Case Competition!

By Benedetta Piva, MBA Class of 2019

The 14th Annual Minority MBA Student Case Competition took place in Cleveland, Ohio on February 242018, and was hosted by KeyBank Corporation in collaboration with The Ohio State University. Twenty-eight teams from several of the strongest MBA programs across the country came together to compete in the event, including; Indiana University of Bloomington, University of Michigan, Purdue University, University of Alabama, University of Maryland and more. Farzan Sohail, Karthick Jayakumara Sarma, and myself, all 1st Year Continue reading

Meet 220: Michelle Rockower

Michelle Rockower, Online Programs Coordinator, Professional Graduate Programs

What’s your role with the Smeal PGP office?

I am an Online Programs Coordinator for several masters’ degrees and graduate certificates. I complete a very wide range of tasks on a daily basis, which I love. I could be chatting with an online student about the admissions process one moment and in a program planning meeting the next. I am involved in the details, but I also have the ability to help coordinate and influence the direction of the programs.

What did you do prior to coming to Smeal?

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The Katz Invitational Case Competition 2018

The 2018 edition of the Katz Invitational Case Competition took place at the University of Pittsburgh on February 2nd and 3rd. Sixteen teams qualified for the case competition at Pittsburgh after a round of essay screenings, where teams were asked to talk about their understanding of Business Model Transformation. The Penn State team consisted of four MBA students – Tilak Khullar, Neha Kumari, Anshu Telang and Ajit Smiles, and the competition included teams from Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Boston College and various other business schools located all over the country. Continue reading

2018 Spring Supply Chain Career Fair

By James Babb, President, Supply Chain Management Association, MBA Class of 2019

The Center for Supply Chain Research at the Penn State Smeal College of Business put together another great event this January 30th and 31st. The Spring Supply Chain Career Fair was a very productive outing for MBAs looking for exposure and job opportunities with elite employers. The event was filled with companies of all sizes and from all industries seeking to increase their levels of supply chain talent, and MBA candidates at Smeal had ample opportunity to advance their careers with internships or permanent roles.

For first-year MBA candidates, the focus was on corporations interested in getting future leaders into their organizations through summer internships that would ideally convert into permanent careers after graduation. On the other hand, second-year MBA candidates were targeting those firms looking for elite-level supply chain talent to hit the ground running in May of this year in a permanent position.   Both classes of MBAs were invited to attend the Supply Chain Management Association’s mixer on the night of January 29th, just before the first day of the career fair. This was a unique opportunity for recruiters and MBA candidates to talk in a more social setting, paving the way for good conversations in the following days during the career fair and potentially during subsequent interviews.

Many firms scheduled interviews with MBAs to move the process forward while recruiters were on campus for the event, while other companies were interested mostly in getting to know candidates and putting faces to the many names they had seen on resumes submitted on SmealConnect, the College’s careers portal. Candidates interviewing on campus could expect varying timetables for recruiters’ hiring processes. In some cases, the on-campus interviews after the career fair would be the final step in their recruiting process, while in other cases it was a preliminary interview that would lead to additional steps.

The Supply Chain Management Association would like to thank the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) for all its hard work making this event possible. We would also like to thank all the recruiters for making the effort to visit Smeal, with a special thanks to our CSCR Corporate Sponsors and our Smeal Career and Corporate Connection Partners. We look forward to seeing you all this coming August at the Fall Supply Chain Career Fair, and we invite you to connect with MBAs at the Supply Chain Management Association’s mixer which will be held the evening immediately prior to this fall’s event.