Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Four University of North
Florida students representing the
University’s Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program recently defeated 14
universities across the country to win the 2010 Operation Stimulus Case
residents Matthew “Toby” Robin, a senior, and Tracie Brinkley, a junior, along
with senior Claudia Gorham, a St. Augustine resident, and junior Austin Yee, a
resident of Jacksonville Beach, comprised the winning team that participated in
the Operation Stimulus Case Competition.
competition was a part of the 28th Annual Denver Transportation
Forum last month involving 15 universities from across the United States and Canada. This was the first time UNF
competed in the event.
UNF team’s achievement at this competition reflects the increasing growth and
stature of the Transportation and Logistics Program and demonstrates its visibility
on a national level,” said Dr. Yem Bolumole, UNF associate professor of
logistics, and Dr. Robert Frankel, chair and Richard deRaismes Kip Professor of
Marketing and Logistics at UNF. “The achievement similarly validates the intent
of UNF’s flagship programs.”
The case confronted
by the UNF team involved a global shampoo manufacturer with global
manufacturing and distribution centers. In the U.S.,
the manufacturer had a New York City
manufacturing facility and a San Diego
distributor. Western U.S. growth was in double
digits. The students were challenged to meet this demand from a global sourcing
perspective and their team proposed the winning strategy.
that participated in the competition included: University
of Arkansas, Georgia
Southern University, Central Washington University,
Michigan State University, Ohio State, Syracuse University,
University of Manitoba,
University of North Iowa, Colorado
State University, Miami of Ohio University, University of
Houston, Missouri State
University, Dalhousie University and the University of West Florida.
and Logistics Flagship Program offers a unique and rewarding program for
students electing to major in transportation and logistics. The program
prepares students for challenging careers in supply chain management, international
logistics, transportation and physical distribution.
The program has
received state, national and international recognition, including being ranked
13th in the nation by Supply Chain Management Review magazine as
well as a “Program of Distinction” and a “Center of Excellence”
within the state university system.
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