2018 Supply Chain Management Symposium

Friday, November 2, 2018 (optional activities the day prior)
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Presented by the Center for Supply Chain Management

The 2018 Supply Chain Management Symposium will provide insights into managing contemporary and evolving supply chains.  Our Invited Speakers will present and lead discussions that explore key disruptive technologies, customer/market trends, and new supply chain relationship structures — all critical to driving improvements in the cost and responsiveness landscape. 

The Symposium is a full-day event and is hosted at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to the Speaker Sessions, there is a Student Poster competition and optional tours and activities on Thursday afternoon and the evening prior to the event. 

 Supply Chains at the Crossroads of Disruption

  • Retail (how companies are responding to changing customer tastes and preferences: vertical integration, technology, conquering the last mile)

  • Healthcare (how the push to deliver greater value at lower cost is transforming health care supply chains: telemedicine, greater collaboration, mergers, new entrants, wearable devices; cost and efficiency improvements)

  • Transportation (including Automotive)
    (how sharing models are modifying transportation and automotive supply chains)

Symposium Agenda

Thursday, November 1, 2018

3:30pm - 4:30pm Tour of Uber “Factory” - 35th and Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

  • We apologize, but the general registration for the Uber Factory tour is now closed.  If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please send an email to scmcenter@katz.pitt.edu

  • Please Note: Tour is limited to maximum of 25 persons. All tour attendees are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and must abide by the following requirements: No discussing what is observed on site, no note taking and cell phones/cameras must not be out or used during tour.  For details about signups, see here.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Meet and Greet Reception - Bridges Lounge - Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

7:00pm Speakers’ Dinner – Bridges - Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Friday, November 2, 2018

7:30am - 5:30pm Symposium Agenda*  

7:30am - 8:30am Registration and Breakfast

8:30am - 11:30am Morning Sessions

11:30am - 1:30pm Lunch & Student Poster Session

1:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Sessions

4:30pm - 5:30pm Cocktails - Bridges Lounge

* Subject to slight change


Attendee Category Price
Industry (Individual) $199
Pitt Alumni $99
Faculty $99
Students $25
Staff $25
Student Poster Presenters No charge

Early-bird pricing is available until October 11, 2018, representing a 20% discount on the Industry Individual rate. The fee is $159. 

The fee to attend the Speaker's Dinner is an additional $25.

Hotel Accommodations

We are holding a block of hotel rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Hotel, where the Symposium will be held. The rooms are available for November 1 for a discounted rate of $139 (single rate) per night. You can reserve your room by phone or online. If calling, call 412-682-6200 and ask for the University of Pittsburgh SCM Symposium Group Rate. If booking online, please use the group code 11016841SM. You must book before Thursday, October 11, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.

Visit Pittsburgh offers information on other area hotels via an interactive map tool.

Poster Session 2018

Poster authors qualify for free admission to the 2018 Supply Chain Management Symposium: Supply Chains at the Crossroads of Disruption

The Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management's fall 2018 symposium on November 2, 2018 will feature a poster session in which students will be able to explore their areas of interest in supply chain management and compete for cash prizes. Posters will be on display during the symposium, and the agenda will include time for attendees to visit the poster area to meet with participating students. Additionally, students can participate in networking sessions at the symposium.

Who Should Participate

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities are eligible to participate. To be eligible, participants must be enrolled as a college student in the fall 2018 term. Posters can be authored individually or in teams of up to three individuals.

Registration Instructions

To register, you must submit your topic of interest. If a specific topic is over-subscribed, authors may be asked to choose a different topic so please submit your topics early. Your final poster will not be due until the date of the event. View sample topics here, but authors are encouraged to develop their own topics.


The registration period deadlines:

  • Now - Register as soon as possible, selecting and submitting your poster topic
  • October 22, 2018 - The deadline for submitting your Poster Title and Abstract
  • Participants can pick up the tri fold and poster mounting materials from 335 Mervis Hall anytime after October 15.
  • Participants are responsible for bringing their mounted posters to the Wyndham Ballroom by 7:30 am on November 2.

The Judging Process

Posters will be judged by a panel of business professionals and faculty members. The posters will be evaluated based on the quality of the author's findings/recommendations, and how clearly, concisely, and creatively these points are communicated through the poster and the author.


The posters will be designated as either graduate and undergraduate. The awards are as follows:

  • Graduate Poster Entries - $750 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place
  • Undergraduate Poster Entries - $600 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place

Rules and Guidelines

Please view the following documents for information on student participant eligibility, requirements on the posters/best practices in poster design, and the judging guidelines.

Student Eligibility Rules and Key Deadlines

Poster Requirements and Best Practices

Judging Rules