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Master’s in Supply Chain Management: Shubham Kishore, Pittsburgh (Joseph M. Katz)

“My classmates have helped me in broadening my perspective and way of thinking. Group assignments and case competitions were the best ways to learn.”

Student Name: Shubham Kishore

Graduate Business School: University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Describe Yourself In 15 Words: Tech enthusiast with the motivation to make this world a sustainable place to live.

Master’s Graduation Class: 2020.

Undergraduate School and Major: Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, KIIT University.

Current Employer and Job Title: Global Supply Analyst at Tesla Inc. 

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Opening my own startup, Wrapsandwiches, in Hyderabad, India and being a part of Tesla Supply Chain.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as a graduate student: Winning the Global Supply Chain case competition at Purdue University and hosting a cultural food fiesta as a member of Student Executive Board at Katz.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? The experience-based learning at Katz was the key factor to choose this B-school, where we got to work with multiple clients and solve real-time business problems. It was important to me as I have faced a myriad of problems while scaling my start-up, which is based on managing the food supply chain. I always wanted to study at a school that provided enough exposure and guidance to resolve real-time issues.

What led you to choose a Master’s in Supply Chain Management over an MBA? My dream is to digitize paperwork related with customs in India, so that the supplier has more visibility and control over shipments. To have a deep understanding and learn the intricacies of how the global supply chain works, the Master’s in Supply Chain Management was the right choice for me.

What has been your favorite course and how has it helped you in your career? Global Supply Chain Management and Data Mining have helped me to get data-based insights and understand how they can be implemented as business decisions.

What role did your school play in helping you to land your first job out of the program? Katz’s career management team has helped me through interview preparations and conducted alumni meet-ups, which helped me learn a lot about what the industrial requirements are from a grad student. Also, I wanted to build my career in the supply chain domain, so the professors and academic advisors helped me choose the subjects that were best suited to my career aspirations. 

How did your classmates enhance the value of your business school experience? They have helped me in broadening my perspective and way of thinking. Group assignments and case competitions were the best ways to learn.

Who was your favorite faculty member and how did this person enrich your learning? Professor Prakash Mirchandani and Professor G.G Hedge were my favorite faculty members. Their way of connecting everything we were learning in class with real-time examples from industry boosted my understanding and application. 

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s graduate Master’s program? Participate in as many case competitions as possible; I think it’s the best way to learn, apply, and grow your understanding of business topics. 

What was your best memory from your Master’s program? Winning Global Supply Chain Case Competition at Purdue University, which was a 24-hour case competition where we had a very competitive pool from UCLA, USC, Purdue, and IIM.