“The Harvey Mudd student team did a fabulous job in presenting clear and powerful recommendations to a mock board of directors at the ASCM International Student Case Competition,” says Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc and APICS Inland Empire Chapter.


For three years, Kash Gokli, professor of manufacturing practice and Engineering Clinic director, has advised a team of students competing in the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) student case competition. Each team advanced a little farther than the team before. This September in Las Vegas, Bohan Gao ’19, Charles Dawson ’19, Ryan Haughton ’19 and Lydia Sylla ’19 became the first HMC team to place first in the finals at the Global Case Competition sponsored by ASCM and Deloitte.

“When the announcement was made that our team had won the first place in the global supply chain competition, I had tears in my eyes,” Gokli says. “I was so proud of the team for their achievement.”

The HMC team, after competing in four rounds, rose to the top of a field of 277 teams—representing 140 schools and 26 countries—each tackling a challenging business case from Deloitte’s supply chain practice.

“The final case focused on a dairy distributor called Milkman Dairy,” says Sylla. “They were struggling to handle the expansion of their multi-channel distribution of milk, cheese and butter and were seeing dropping levels of customer service and increased spoilage of product due to problems within their supply and distribution networks. We specifically looked at improving their ability to forecast demand, the management of their purchase order and invoicing documentation and the physical layout of their warehouse.”

The team had six-and-a-half hours to develop a solution, which they then presented to a panel of judges.

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Published in Harvey Mudd College on Oct. 3, 2019