Published 05/12/15

Emily Socha ’16 named one of nation's elite supply chain management students

Emily SochaEmily Socha ’16 of Southington, CT, is one of the few students in the United States selected to receive the prestigious 2015 R. Gene Richter Scholarship award.

The award, granted by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) to only eight undergraduates from among thousands who apply, honors students of high academic achievement, demonstrated strong leadership ability, high ethical standards, and a commitment to pursuing a career in the field of supply chain management. Named for the late R. Gene Richter, wo elevated the profession to world-class status through his work at Hewlett-Packard and IBM. the award fast-tracks future leaders into the supply chain management profession through tuition assistance, mentoring, networking, and participation in the ISM Power Conference a year after college graduation.

Socha has "right mix of excellence, integrity, dedication to become great industry leader."

The incoming president of Bryant’s Society for Global Supply Chain Management, Socha has long had a passion for the field.

“I was doing a lot of event and conference planning in high school,” says Socha, who is concentrating in Global Supply Chain Management and Applied Analytics. “I became fascinated with the process of how if one little thing went wrong, the entire process could break down. That translated perfectly to supply chain.”

 “Emily is truly invested in supply chain management as a career field,” says Michael Gravier, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing and global supply chain management.

“I really thank Bryant for giving me the background, knowledge, and experience to succeed in whatever I do. I’m not afraid to take the lead on different assignments because of all the group work I’ve done here.”

Socha cited the first-year IDEA (Innovation Design Experience for All) program as a turning point in her learning. The 72-hour immersion into experiential learning and rapid prototyping is a component of Bryant’s national recognized First-Year Gateway.

“IDEA taught me about design thinking which is really what supply chain is,” she says. “It focuses on improving a process, trying to see what is broken, and how to fix it to get the best workflow.”

This summer, Socha will intern at United Technologies Aerospace Systems, where she has worked the last several summers in new product development. This summer she will take on a strategic sourcing role.

After she graduates, Socha aspires to launch her career in a rotational program that will allow her to explore the many aspects of supply chain management. “I want to get more experience and test the waters to see what exactly I want to do,” she says. “In my classes, I learn how everything works, but you can only see so much in an internship. I want to see everything that goes into a production line for eight months.”

Professor Gravier notes that “very few people have the right mix of excellence, integrity, and dedication to become a great industry leader. Emily has them each in the right measure. As impressive as her performance as a student may be, I look forward even more to seeing her career progression after she graduates.”