The Next Generation of Supply Chain Professionals: Spotlight on Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College undergraduate team competes in the APICS Northeast District 7th Annual Student Case Competition

 Dayris Encarnacion, Vianna Reyes, and Laura Urena
(Left to Right) Dayris Encarnacion, Vianna Reyes, and Laura Urena.

 I recently had the opportunity to attend the APICS North East District Meeting and 7th Annual Student Case Competition in Albany, New York. 

In addition to attending the student case competition, I also coached and mentored the undergraduate team from Farmingdale State College.  The competition had undergraduate and graduate teams and also included a variety of institutions such as Clarkson University, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Massachusetts Maritime College.

The competition was fierce and the preparation and knowledge displayed by the students, both graduate and undergraduate, were impressive.

APICS New York City – Long Island Chapter would like to congratulate the Farmingdale State College undergraduate team of Laura Urena Bencosme, Dayris Encarnacion and Vianna Reyes on their competition at the annual APICS Northeast District 7th Annual Student Case Competition. This was the first time that we had a team composed of students only from our chapter’s area, which is New York City and Long Island.

Laura Urena Bencosme is a Senior Manufacturing Engineering student at Farmingdale State College and she previously attended Las Americas Institute of Technology (ITLA) in the Dominican Republic to get a technical degree in Automated Manufacturing Technology.  She is the president and founder of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Student Chapter at the college. Vianna Reyes is the president of the Student Government Association at the college. The three are active in the college’s APICS Student Chapter with Dayris as president and Vianna as treasurer. Outside of school, both Laura and Dayris are currently serving as board members of the APICS New York City – Long Island Chapter with Laura as marketing director and Dayris as secretary.

Farmingdale State College was among fourteen undergraduate teams who participated on February 20th & 21st by receiving an authentic operations management case. They analyzed the information and data provided and compiled a presentation + executive summary which were all reviewed and scored by a panel of APICS judges, who are experts in the operations management field. Additionally, the team underwent a Q&A session based on their recommendations presented to the judges.

“I am very proud of this team’s accomplishments given the time constraints and other responsibilities the team members had during the preparation and practice sessions. They are full-time students, some of who also have jobs outside the college. They came together as a team and presented a solid case solution with proper analytics to back up their proposal,” said Marco Guerrero, CPIM, CSCP, PMP, ACPF, CDDP, president of the APICS New York City – Long Island Chapter.

Although they did not place this year, their presentation was very-well executed and showed off their supply chain knowledge. Even with a small technical mishap, the team took this challenge in stride and successfully completed their presentation. "These are situations the students will face in the real world as operations and supply chain professionals and they should all be proud of their efforts," said APICS Student Advisor, Dr. Jill O'Sullivan of Farmingdale State College.

Congratulations again on a job well done.

St. Claire Gerald, CSCP
Vice President of Education