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Sponsored Projects

"Engage with a select team of Olin Business School students on a custom project that addresses your specific company challenges." Panos Kouvelis, Director, BCTIM

Take advantage of the analytic capabilities of the Olin community—and gain five times the value—with a three- to four-month Practicum project. You work with a team of specially selected students, led by a faculty advisor, on your high-stakes supply chain or operations challenges. Deliverables may include a consulting report, a research or white paper, presentations to your senior executives, the development of assessment tools, or software support for your business models and applications.

A great way to preview talent

Your company-sponsored Practicum project gives students hands-on, think-on-your-feet experience. It’s also a great way for you to preview Olin talent. More than 25 percent of the companies that sponsor practicums extend an internship or full-time job offer to the Practicum students who have created a lasting impact on their organization.

Projects represent a wide range of organizations and industries

“The student project I led for AB/In-Bev was a great example of textbook knowledge applied to real-world business problems,” says Nan Yang, assistant professor of operations and manufacturing management, Olin Business School. “Being able to see inventory management in action gave me—and the student team—a broader view of the importance and applicability of inventory research.”

Through BCTIM, we tackle critical technology, information, and supply chain issues, working to find innovative solutions to operational and management challenges.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Practicum project, please contact BCTIM Operations Manager Cindy Minor at or 314-935-5577. Visit BCTIM Events to view a calendar of upcoming BCTIM events.

Examples of our research and custom projects include:



AB/InBev "Picking and Distribution Processes: Analysis of Hand/Automated Picking Processes"
B/E Aerospace "Park Home Analysis: Identifying the Inventory Rollout Sequence"
Belden "The Value of VMI to Belden"
Boeing "Finding Links between Transactional Data and Shortages to Demand: Impacts on Supply & Demand"
Edward Jones "Operational Improvements within the Onboarding Process"
Emerson "Practicum Project: Make/Buy Strategies"
Monsanto "Inventory Management for Vegetable Seeds at Monsanto"
MSCI "Cybersecurity in the Metal Industry"
Sigma Aldrich "Practicum: Analysis and Recommendations for Global Inventory Reserve & Write-off"
2012 – 2013


"Valuation of Executive Stock Options"


"Correlation of Market Indication to Belden Revenue"


"Aerospace Forecasting Model for Improved Deliveries and Effective Inventory Management"

Edward Jones "Process Improvement Opportunities"

Edward Jones

"Forecasting Resource Requirements"

Emerson "Order and Delivery Policies for Demand Management"
Metals Service Industry "Survey of Safety Practices in the Metals Services Industry"
Monsanto "Market Segmentation for Improved Customer Services for Supply Chain Optimization"

APL Logistics

"Managing the New Uncertainty -- Day-Definite Ocean Shipments and Their Value in Handling Lead-time Uncertainty"

Anchor Packaging

"Supply Chain Reengineering and Operations Analysis"


"Development of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for a Pharmaceuticals Distribution Company"


"Assessment of Key Supplier Capabilities at Emerson"

Express Scripts Inc.

"Global Supply Chain Analysis and Industry Trends"


"Supply Chain Assessment Tool"

Renesas Technology

"Forecasting and Planning in a Semiconductor Decentralized Supply Chain"

Renesas Technology

"Capacity Expansion and Contract Design in a Semiconductor Industry"

Solutia "Product Line Complexity Analysis at Solutia"