Industrial engineering graduate earns MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award

October 17, 2022

Editor’s note: Some of this article’s content was previously featured in two stories by the Penn State Smeal College of Business on June 16 and July 28.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Lois Jung, who earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering from Penn State in May, was awarded the 2022 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Supply Chain Excellence Award. As part of the award, she received her choice of either a $25,000 tuition fellowship toward a domestic MIT supply chain management master’s degree program or a full-tuition fellowship to an international supply chain master's program at MIT centers in China, Luxembourg, Malaysia or Spain.

Jung currently works as a business technology solutions analyst for Deloitte, and she plans to use the fellowship to return to graduate school after gaining a few years of real-world experience in supply chain management.  

MIT fellowships are given annually at selected universities, including Penn State, “to the most outstanding graduating senior supply chain and/or industrial engineering majors,” according to MIT’s awards webpage.

“Using this scholarship, I would like to gain experience in procurement and product development processes as well as work to develop tools that connect different branches of the supply chain through digitalized procurement,” Jung said. “I am grateful that the award gave me the incredible opportunity to grow my professional network as I further my education.”

During her time at Penn State, Jung also was awarded the Best Engineering Design Award, sponsored by People’s Choice of Delphi Technologies, facilitated by the industrial engineering design capstone class, EDSGN 100: Cornerstone Engineering Design. With a three-person team, Jung designed a windshield screen that implemented a transparent OLED screen and flexible display technologies to improve safety and functionality.

“Industrial engineering classes teach a wide range of engineering skills such as statistical analysis, operations research, design, human factors and ergonomics, quality management and interpersonal communication skills,” Jung said. “The comprehensive course load enhanced my problem-solving skills related to systematic processes and effectiveness.”

She also conducted undergraduate engineering research for Britelab, where she performed human factor and ergonomics lab research under Scarlett Miller, assistant professor in Penn State’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

Along with her engineering degree, Jung earned a certificate in business fundamentals from the Penn State Smeal College of Business. She said the experience gave her a better understand of supply chain in real industries and confidence in her career ambitions.

During this time, Jung also conducted research in Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research, where she worked on projects sponsored by companies Odyssey and LMI. Smeal highlighted Jung in a feature, where she commented about her time in the center.

“My journey at Smeal taught me fundamental business knowledge,” Jung said. “The professors’ office hours were always a big help to understand content and the supply chain career fair allowed me to network with alumni in the supply chain industry which helped me tremendously in the business world.” 


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