Supply Chain Management students attend MBS seminar

Two global supply chain management students in the Mike Ilitch School of Business attended the Management Briefings Seminar (MBS) hosted by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) from July 30 to Aug 2. The seminar is an annual gathering of stakeholders, suppliers, manufacturers, government officials and the media who meet to discuss the latest trends and challenges facing the global automotive industry. This year's conference focused on future ownership and shared models for fulfilling transportation needs, powertrain electrification, autonomous vehicles success and challenges, and issues in the global trade community. 

Lisa Schmidt and Keisha Heitkamp attended the conference courtesy of CAR. A sophomore at the Ilitch School, Schmidt is currently an intern at Ryder, a leading third-party logistics company, and Heitkamp, who's entering her senior year, works at Mahle, a global Tier 1 supplier. Both said the conference opened their eyes to the high tech nature of the auto industry and the many opportunities for careers in the automobile sector. They added that they learned a tremendous amount about future shared ownership platforms and techonological trends, and some of the implications for supply chain management. 

Dr. John Taylor, chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, said, "This conference really provides great networking opportunities for students, and invaluable insights into the future of the auto industry." He also expressed gratitude to the CAR for giving Ilitch School students the opportunity to attend the conference.