Visit to Westinghouse

Guest Blogger: Angela Petitto

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Every semester, Duquesne University Supply Chain Management majors experience the supply chain in action through the Course Enrichment Program.  Last week, Dr. Drake, our operations professor, invited MBA Sustainability students to participate in the visit to the Westinghouse international headquarters in nearby Cranberry, Pa., for an inside look at their supply chain processes.

The visit was led by two Duquesne graduates who work for Westinghouse. The morning began with an explanation regarding how supply chain applies to the nuclear power industry. This was particularly interesting, as the products are customized, which differs from industries normally associated with the value chain.

We also toured the facility – including the receiving area, storage technologies, and quality control department – and learned a bit about nuclear engineering and power plants.

The visit ended with a panel discussion featuring several supply chain managers who offered career advice and stressed the importance of continuous improvement.

It was a great opportunity to see real world application of concepts learned in the Dr. Drake’s class!

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