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Class projects completed by graduate students enrolled at East Carolina University will save two North Carolina-based companies more than $1 million over the next decade.
Graduate students Brittany Ryan and Robert Johnson completed their projects while earning the Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt certification. The program is designed to equip students with the methodologies of Lean and Six-Sigma, which focus on streamlining industrial and business processes.
Distribution and Logistics represents professions in the workplace concerned with the movement and delivery of goods and services throughout the world. At ECU, this program provides a unique combination of coursework that prepares students for successful careers in a range of challenging areas.
Program Mission: The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program is to provide an applied distribution and logistics education for careers in operations, business to business sales, and transportation and logistics. The program will develop technical, analytical, business, and communication skills required for professional and organizational success.
- Graduates utilize appropriate analytical tools to provide solutions for logistical, relational, and operational problems within a supply chain, distribution system or customer service system.
- Graduates design and implement systems to integrate information, facilities, people, technology, and other resources in an economic manner, while maintaining respect for ethical, environmental, health, safety, social and political issues.
- Graduates are competent at selling themselves, their products and their ideas.
- Graduates continuously improve the processes and the systems that are used to deliver products and services to their customers.
- Graduates engage in life-long learning.
- Graduates are effective team members and team leaders on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Graduates communicate technical product information and business concepts in an effective manner through the use of graphics, oral presentations and written documents.
Courses cover areas of the distribution and logistics industry including:
The course work is supported in our Distribution Simulation Laboratory which provides real world experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems with Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Warehouse Operations, Bar Coding, RFID, and SAP!
Our new addition of SAP software is also used to enhance the capabilities of our students giving them real-world experiences with a detailed software package.
Students are also required to complete an internship or co-op experience which enables them to work with companies to help solve distribution and logistics issues. This allows them to spend a semester working with management in solving real-world issues in a particular facility. Students present their findings to upper management and faculty at the end of the semester and create a portfolio to show their success.
The Distribution and Logistics faculty work hard to make sure its family of students has the education needed to become graduates capable of working effectively in today's exciting and competitive industry.
PAID: Professional Association of Industrial Distribution
This is a student organization at ECU that promotes student relations and involvement with Industrial organizations. PAID members are offered an outstanding education and a unique opportunity to succeed in the career fields of Distribution and Logistics.
Other organizations that Distribution and Logistics students are encouraged to join include: