Bauer Undergraduate Team Places Third During Global Business School Network Competition

Published on December 16, 2020

Team Addresses Supply Chain Issue to Alleviate PPE Shortage

From top left: Huyen Le, Kareen Nguyen, Derick Del Rio, Crystal Gamboa and Thuy Le

Undergraduate students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business took home third place during the Global Business School Network (GBSN) Beyond HUMLOG Challenge in November.

Derick Del Rio, Thuy Le, Crystal Gamboa, Huyen Le and Kareen Nguyen worked together to address a systematic supply chain within their community and provide an innovative solution.

“Our task was to identify a systematic supply chain problem within our community and suggest an innovative solution that would help alleviate medical and/or food supply chain disruptions during the current COVID-19 pandemic or other regional issue,” Crystal Gamboa said. “Our team focused on providing a solution for the PPE shortage seen in the Harris County area. Harris County is currently the area with the largest amount of reported COVID-19 cases in the state of Texas.”

She added: “We gathered information on how hospitals such as the Texas Children’s provided solutions to solve the PPE shortage and based our team’s solution on their insights. Our solution, InvoSource, a mobile application, addresses the three issues seen within the shortage. Instantaneous PPE inventory updates, easily accessible databases, and forecasting technology would not just solve the issues for the shortage of PPE, but the issues seen within the PPE supply chain as a whole.”

Out of 121 teams with 434 students from 38 universities, Bauer’s team was the only group of undergraduates to compete.

To see their presentation, click here.

By Amanda Sebesta