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Inaugural Winner of Outstanding SCM Major Award Named

Monday, May 2, 2016

Thomas Muller, a graduating senior from the College of Business Administration, has been awarded the inaugural Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management Outstanding SCM Major Award.

Muller is returning home to Boston to work in the Commercial Banker Development Program for Citizens Bank.  As a credit analyst, he will rotate through different divisions of the company and have the opportunity to work in different locations of the bank. 

Muller double majored in supply chain and finance, with a minor in economics. The double major gives him the flexibility to work in either field, which is something that Muller relishes.

“Supply chain management is in everything. It’s a growing industry, a growing business line for many companies,” Muller says.

The Center for Supply Chain Management Outstanding SCM Major Award honors an undergraduate Pitt Business student who has demonstrated excellence in academic and extracurricular activities related to supply chain management. Awardees receive a cash award and a plaque, and are honored at the Pitt Business Commencement Ceremony.

Prakash Mirchandani, the director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, says that while there were many qualified candidates for the award, Muller stood out because of his exceptional academics, initiative, and leadership in student activities.

“Thomas is an excellent choice for this honor, and truly exemplifies the qualities that we are looking for in the recipients of the Center for Supply Chain Management Award.  We are proud of Thomas’s achievements and wish him the very best as he embarks on his career,” says Mirchandani, who is also a professor of business administration and Ben L. Fryrear Faculty Fellow.

Muller was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma in his junior year.  He also was a member of the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and was a goalie for the University of Pittsburgh’s D2 club ice hockey team.

Muller completed internships in both supply chain management and finance.  During the fall semester of 2014, while studying abroad, he worked in the operations department at OzHarvest in Sydney, Australia.  As the largest food rescue organization in the country, OzHarvest collects perishable foods from restaurants and grocery stores that would otherwise be thrown away, and provides them as meals to people in need.

“I tracked inventory, the in-transit routes, and monitored how much food was being dropped off,” says Muller, who held the position of operations intern.

Muller also completed several finance internships in Pittsburgh.  He interned at BNY Mellon as a performance analyst in the asset services department and at Merrill Lynch with the wealth management division, the Duckworth Group. 

“One of the appealing aspects about studying at Pitt was the opportunity of living in a city closely connected to the businesses in the area. I was able to complete internships in downtown Pittsburgh during the school year and over the summer,” Muller says.

Muller credits both his supply chain management and finance professors for giving him a strong foundation that helped him go from the classroom, to the city, to the world.  His most memorable courses were Six Sigma taught by Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration James F. Kimpel and project management taught by Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration Anthony F. Rodi.

“Living in the city allowed me to mature at a faster rate. It enables you to get that work experience as an undergrad, which is essential for networking and securing a full-time position after graduation,” Muller says.