University of South Carolina

Student wins nation's top supply chain scholarship

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

Mackenzie Mylod was a child who asked a lot of questions, particularly those whys and hows that can vex parents. The University of South Carolina rising senior says it was one question on a winter day that helped shape her career path.

“We were ice skating on a pond, and I asked my father what happens if the ice breaks. I asked, ‘What do we do?’ He reassured me, but I asked again because I wanted to know what we would do. Then, after I said it, the dog fell through the ice. I wanted to have a plan,” Mylod says. “I’m always looking for a way to fix things and figure them out.”

Mylod, who is applying her curiosity and penchant for planning as a double major in global supply chain management (GSCOM) and finance at the Darla Moore School of Business, has been named a 2013 R. Gene Richter Scholar, the top scholarship award nationally in the field of supply chain management. She joins Moore School alumna Stephanie Bedard and fellow senior Renata Blachut, who were named Richter scholars in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

“I really like global supply chain management. I think it’s cool how you can find the most efficient way of doing anything and not have waste. Getting the most out of a process is what I like the most. There’s a lot of growth,” says Mylod who will intern this summer in the supply chain department of the L'Oreal luxury products division.

This spring Mylod and fellow students Tyler Cates, William Scurry and Jiacheng “Ted” Liu worked with Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia as process consultants on a hospital pharmacy inventory project as part of a Capstone course in the GSCOM program. Her work and leadership on the project led, in part, to her winning the Richter scholarship.

“It was an inventory turns project. Supplies that sit equal waste. You want to turn the supply often. The challenge is knowing how much to order and when. The goal is to ensure service but cut waste,” says Mylod who worked under the direction of professors Sanjay Ahire and Manoj Malhotra. “I learned how big of an impact GSCOM can have on one project and one company and that students can do it. Consulting analysis in healthcare is very interesting.”

The R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program awards 10 scholarships annually. In addition to a $5,000 award, the scholars are paired with an executive mentor.

Mylod met her mentor Maria Frangelaki, vice president of global procurement for the National Basketball Association, at an awards dinner in Dallas. She also spent time with Bedard who is an operations analyst with Johnson & Johnson.

“It was a great experience. I took the time to meet people and network. It was very cool,” Mylod says.

The Moore School named Mylod as a member of its Emerging Leaders Circle. In addition, she holds an Eaton Corporation scholarship and is a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and an officer with Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.

“We are immensely proud of Mackenzie's accomplishment. Given that only 10 such awards are given every year across the nation, the fact that Moore School has had three consecutive Richter scholars over the past three years is a significant achievement and a milestone in the maturity of the GSCOM program,” Malhotra says.

“It reflects the success of our students who are getting extremely well placed with very high salaries. With the help of dedicated professors like Ahire and Jensen, we have taken a holistic approach, combining cutting edge coursework and practical applications through our Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management. We have more than exceeded the outcomes that we had hoped for with the launch of the center in 2005 and the GSCOM program in 2007.”

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Posted: 05/21/13 @ 2:40 PM | Updated: 05/22/13 @ 8:11 AM | Permalink