Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Undergraduate Supply Chain Fellows

The Supply Chain Management Fellows Program offers students a unique opportunity for learning both within the Smith School and with external Supply Chain professionals. As part of a top-ranked program, students have the opportunity to take core classes together, participate as leaders in the Supply Chain Society, visit regional facilities and operations, sign up for a class that explores international or North American processes, and network at local and annual meetings of leading industry professional organizations. By combining classroom learning with networking opportunities in the professional community, Supply Chain Fellows can take advantage of a unique opportunity to build knowledge of the profession and create a foundation for a networked career.

Dr. Tom Corsi is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Curriculum - One-year program

  • BMGT471F (Formerly BMGT 488L; Executive Seminar in Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management I)  - Fall
  • BMGT499C (Executive Seminar in Logistics) OR Participation in a semester-long co-op - Spring

Pre-requisites:Applicants should enroll in BMGT370 and BMGT372 junior year; rising juniors and transfer students may be considered if they have taken both BMGT370 and BMGT372  or will complete both courses by the end of their fall semester junior year.

Students who apply for and are selected to participate in a co-op during their spring semester must submit a copy of their position description to Emily Doane Heavin (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu) in order to be credited with completing Supply Chain Fellows.

Co-curricular activities/events

Activities of Fellows include (all activities are fully funded and require no expenditures on the student’s part):

  • Required trip to the annual Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) conference in the fall.  The Intermodal Expo will be held in Long Beach, CA September 21-23.  The Intermodal Expo is a showcase for all leading third party logistics providers, transportation carriers, and vendors supplying technology and equipment to the various service providers. The Expo provides students with an opportunity to see demonstrations in the latest software applications and technology that support efficiency improvements in intermodal transportation as well as meeting industry leaders of the Intermodal Association of North America.  Attendance at the Expo is woven into the syllabus for BMGT471 as students fulfill course requirements through assigned activities at the Expo.  Students unable to participate in this trip will complete alternative assignments as part of their BMGT471 course requirements.
  • A minimum of one plant visit in each semester.  Previous plant visits have included Amtrak facilities in Wilmington and Target Warehouse facilities in Pennsylvania.
  • Opportunities to network with transportation, logistics, and supply chain management professionals who lead class sessions in both BMGT471 and in BMGT499C.
  • Fellows assist in the planning and implementation of the annual Supply Chain Management Career Day and Alumni Day.
  • Optional summer internships opportunities.

Fellows Application Eligibility

  • Supply Chain majors.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Rising seniors - juniors may apply if BMGT370 and BMGT372 have been completed by end of fall semester junior year. Active participation in the Supply Chain Management Society is a plus in applying to the program.

Application & Selection Process

The Supply Chain Fellows cohort for 2014-2015 is full. Applications will open January 5, 2015 for participation in Fellows for 2015-2016.

Questions? Contact Emily Doane Heavin (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu).

Student Organizations

Undergraduate: Supply Chain Management Society

Website: http://www.umdscms.com

The Supply Chain Management Society (SCMS) is a student-run undergraduate organization that promotes the supply chain management program. The SCMS is responsible for hosting companies and guest speakers in the logistics, transportation, and/or supply chain fields. The SCMS also organizes and hosts the annual Supply Chain Industry Day, an event that includes a Supply Chain Management Person of the Year award and presentation, as well as a supply chain student/recruiter luncheon followed by a supply chain focused career fair. 


Graduate: Supply Chain and Operations Club

Website: http://clubs.rhsmith.umd.edu/scoc

The Supply Chain and Operations Club (SCOC) aims to create a sense of community between MBA students, faculty, alumni and operations, logistics and supply chain management professionals. Through a variety of activities and events, the club aims to further educate its members about operations, logistics and supply chain management. The SCOC also creates more opportunities for students and helps to increase its awareness at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. 


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Student Involvement


“I majored in supply chain because I love solving problems. I believe the future of business relies on the capabilities of a huge network of qualified supply chain and logistics experts. ” 

- Alexander Matov, 2007 graduate   

There are many opportunities to get involved in Supply Chain Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Students have the opportunities to join organizations dedicated to the major, be apart of the unique fellows program, and compete in case competitions. For more information about these opportunities please see the following:


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