What your PDP wants you to know

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question many remember from childhood.

Lauren Tigue, instead, asks students “WHO they want to be, not WHAT they want to be.” In other words, preparing for a career in today’s business world involves analyzing a collection of interests that apply to a whole field, rather than a specific job. “Careers are no longer linear,” Tigue says, “and the business world moves quickly. Students need to recognize their own values to match how they want to work.” Continue reading “What your PDP wants you to know”

First Officer Tan Hao speaking to Towson University management students in April

American Airlines first officer shares how effective leaders can soar

As a first officer with American Airlines, previous captain with its regional airlines, and a veteran flight trainer, Tan Hao says the key to leadership is to be a good listener and have patience.

“Be creative. Ask questions and listen intently,” she said during a recent presentation to College of Business and Economics students. “If you are patient and persistent, you will prevail. Most importantly, be kind to others. They’ll remember.” Continue reading “American Airlines first officer shares how effective leaders can soar”

The bigger picture of improving nutrition

38 million people face severe food insecurities, according to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). And 88% of countries face a serious burden of malnutrition, overweight and obesity, or both.

“The ultimate goal is to get people fed nutritionally, affordably, and hopefully tastily,” said Associate Professor of Economics James Manley, Ph.D. Continue reading “The bigger picture of improving nutrition”

From left, team coach Ashanti Johnson with Yeabsira Mezgebe and Beza Wondimu and Professor Chaodong Han.

TU wins first place in supply chain competition

Towson University won first place in the fifth annual Weinman Cup Supply Chain Management Case Competition in early March.

Yeabsira Mezgebe and Beza Wondimu, both juniors studying project management and business analysis who were mentored by their professor Chaodong Han, Ph.D., took first place. Teams from Stevenson University and Morgan State University took second and third place, respectively.

Organized by Towson University’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program and sponsored by the Toby and Melvin Weinman Foundation, the competition brings students from across the region to Towson University each year to develop solutions to real-world challenges and compete by presenting to a panel of industry judges.

Penguin Random House sponsored this year’s case, which dealt with issues publishers are facing due to a growing demand for printed books and a decreased book manufacturing capacity. Working under faculty mentors, teams proposed solutions to alleviate the symptoms of this imbalance.

Launch in 2015, the competition takes place each spring and is open to undergraduate students from around the region.