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Two UNM Graduate Students Win International Paper Competition

December 1, 2003

The Educational and Research Foundation of a worldwide professional society recently announced that two University of New Mexico Anderson Schools of Management graduate students have been named winners of the Donald W. Fogarty International Student Paper Competition.

The first-place winning paper, "Application of the Theory of Constraints Thinking Processes in a Municipal Water Utility," was written by Thomas E. Shoemaker and Robert W. Davis. The students developed this paper as part of their course work during the past spring semester while enrolled in an elective MBA operations management courses under the supervision of Professor Richard A. Reid. It is noteworthy that Shoemaker and Davis successfully analyzed current operations and implemented changes that resulted in performance improvements at the Albuquerque Water Department as part of their academic learning experience.

The two students' success began late this summer when it was announced by the Albuquerque Chapter of the Educational Society for Resource Management (APICS) that their paper had won the Southwestern Regional competition. All 14 first-place regional winners automatically moved on to the international competition where their paper again prevailed. As the first place winners, the students each receive a certificate and share a cash prize of $1500. Their paper will also be published sometime during the next year in the Production and Inventory Management Journal, the flagship journal of the Society.

The Fogarty international paper competition encourages the professional development of students interested in the field of operations management. The application-oriented term project paper was judged on timeliness and relevance to the management of organizational resources, as well as originality, understanding and application of theory, and depth of analysis. The judges, all experts in resource management, were from academia, business organizations, and consulting firms.

"We are very proud to have been able to sponsor Tom and Robā's paper in the international competition," said Dianne L. Rossbach, President of the local APICS chapter. "These two students are a credit to the Anderson School of Management's graduate program." The Albuquerque Chapter, whose mission is to make organizations more competitive through value-added education in operations management, has been an influential training organization within the Albuquerque community for the past 15 years. Additional information about educational opportunities in resource management is available at the Chapter's website.


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