A discussion on 'Project and Supply Chain Management: In Business and In Health'

Panel members include representatives from FedEx, UPMC, and JMC Steel Group

Penn State Shenango will host “Project and Supply Chain Management: In Business and In Health,” a panel discussion about the real world of supply chain management, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the campus auditorium located on Shenango Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pennsylvania. Representatives from FedEx Corporation, UPMC, and JMC Steel Group will comprise the panel of experts. A networking opportunity with light refreshments will follow the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

Those interested in learning how supply chain management impacts companies across all industries and, prospective students who seek to pursue a successful career in this growing and lucrative field, should consider attending this event.

“The business faculty at Penn State Shenango initiated ’In Business and In Health’ in order to bring together members of business and health care community to hear from experts in their fields about the importance of supply chain management in today’s world,” said Lisa Bertin, coordinator of the project and supply chain management program. “We are grateful to collaborate with Butler County Community College at LindenPointe on this event as we strive to connect as many of our students with the business community as possible.” 

The panel of experts includes Harry Gillespie, director of information technology, FedEx Corporation; Tim Nedley, vice-president of materials management, UPMC; and Tim Feeney, general manager of operations; JMC Steel Group (Wheatland Tube). Tom Roberts, executive director of the Hope Center for Arts and Technology will be the moderator for this active discussion.

This launches the new bachelor of science major in project and supply chain management at Penn State Shenango, which will begin this fall. The major concentrates on developing knowledge, skills and abilities in project management, an important discipline in modern corporations. Project management skills include the development of new projects and coordinating procurement and project delivery systems. It also emphasizes the integration of manufacturing and service operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution that enable organizations to develop supply chain networks.

Students in this degree will have an opportunity to develop the quantitative and people skills necessary to design and operate complex management systems. These skills can be used to schedule and coordinate resources, monitor and control projects, and coordinate procurement and project delivery systems.

Graduates will be prepared for careers in many professions in business. They are able to manage supply chain and project initiatives in global corporations, government, public sector organizations, health care systems, construction, third-party logistics providers, and goods and services distribution operations.

“We are looking forward to some great conversation from our panel and guests, as well as a chance for us to talk about our new degree program and how our graduates from this major will be viable candidates for positions in our local industry and on the national stage,” stated Jo Anne Carrick, campus director.

To register for the “Project and Supply Chain Management: In Business and In Health” event, go to shenango.psu.edu/pscm_event. For more information about the Project and Supply Chain Management major at Penn State Shenango, contact Lisa Bertin at lrb19@psu.edu or call the admissions office at 724-983-2803.