Undergraduate Program

Supply Chain Management 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):

  • Supply Chain fellows network with transportation, logistics, and supply chain management executives who lead class sessions in both BMGT471 and in BMGT499C. See below for list of past class speakers.
  • Required trip to the annual Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) conference in fall.  The Intermodal Expo is held either in Long Beach, CA;  Houston, TX; or Ft. Lauderdale, FL each September. 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 include Amtrak, UPS, Unilever, Target, UPS, CSX, Port of Baltimore, McCormick, Amazon and more.

Fellows Application Eligibility

  • Supply Chain majors. (May apply if in the process of applying to Smith as a transfer student.)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Rising seniors; rising 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.


Applications for Supply Chain Management Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year are now closed as the deadline to apply was February 9. Fellows applications for 2016-2017 will open in December 2015.

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

Industry Speakers in Supply Chain Classes

Smith Supply Chain students have been exposed to transportation and intermodal industry leaders who have presented their knowledge directly in the classroom. Speakers have included:

  • Rachel Bird - Manager of Government and Legal Affairs, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Jenny Johnson - Vice President, Intermodal Support Services
  • Michael Wilson - Senior Vice President, Hamburg Sud North America Inc.
  • Rick Blasgen - President and CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Jim Hertwig - President and CEO, Florida East Coast Railway
  • Val Noel - Senior Vice President and COO, TRAC Intermodal
  • Phil Shook – Director of Intermodal, C.H. Robinson
  • Sam Azzarello – General Manager, Intermodal Logistics, Maryland Port Administration
  • Craig Mygatt – Senior Director, Maersk Line/SeaLand
  • Jeff Brashares - Senior Vice President, Sales and National Accounts, TTS LLC

Supply Chain Student Trips and Expo

Students participate in supply chain study trips each semester to industry facilities. Select students also travel to the annual IANA Intermodal EXPO. Previous trips and IANA event attendance have included:

  • IANA Intermodal EXPO 2011 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • IANA Intermodal EXPO 2012 – Anaheim, California
  • IANA Intermodal EXPO 2013 – Houston, Texas
  • IANA Intermodal EXPO 2014 – Long Beach, California
  • Annual attendance at IANA Logistics and Supply Chain Management Competition - University of North Florida - Jacksonville; 2000 - Present
  • BNSF Railway
       - Alliance Intermodal Facility, Hasket, Texas
       - BNSF Headquarters, Fort Worth, Texas
  • CSX Corporation
       - Cumberland Locomotive Shop - Cumberland, Maryland
       - TDSI Automotive Facility - Annapolis Junction, Maryland
       - Jacksonville Intermodal Terminal - Jacksonville, Florida
       - Fairburn Intermodal Facility - Fairburn, Georgia
  • DAMCO - Distribution Center (Part of Maersk Group) - Joliet, Illinois
  • Home Depot Facilities
       - Import Distribution Center - Baytown, Texas
       - Regional Distribution Center - Winchester, Virginia
  • JAXPORT - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Maryland Port Administration - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Norfolk Southern Intermodal Terminal - Austell, Georgia
  • Port of Houston Authority/Bayport Terminal - Texas
  • Port of Long Beach - California
  • Port of Los Angeles - California
  • The Virginia Port Authority - Norfolk, Virginia
  • Union Pacific Intermodal Container Transfer Facility - Long Beach, California
  • UPS Distribution Centers
       - Burtonsville Hub - Burtonsville, Maryland
       - Chicago Area Consolidation Hub - Hodgkins, Illinois

IANA EXPO Case Competition awards won by UMD SCM student teams

  • IANA EXPO Case Competition 2011 – First Place
  • IANA EXPO Case Competition 2012 – First Place