SCALE Connect brings students from all six global SCALE centers together in Cambridge for three intense weeks of career development workshops; seminars; industry speakers; advanced training on topics/products such as Python & machine learning, Llamasoft, and Tableau; facility tours; and team-based challenges, including a "Shark Tank"-style product development/pitch challenge judged and sponsored by APICS Massachusetts Minuteman Chapter. The packed schedule wraps up with Research Expo, where students present their work-to-date on industry-sponsored research projects aimed at addressing real-world supply chain and operations problems.
This unique opportunity to work and learn with fellow supply chain and logistics students from all over the world is something only MIT-SCALE master's and graduate certificate programs offer.
In January of 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions, over 150 supply chain management graduate students from around the world participated in SCALE Connect programming and events online, and presented their 87 research projects to an international audience of industry professionals, researchers, SCALE alumni, and other interested visitors in an expanded Research Expo. Students' posters, project summaries, and short video overviews were posted on a purpose-built Research Expo project web site from January 19-21. While missing some of the excitement (and refreshments) of the usual live event, the online event allowed a global audience to review and engage with project materials. Over the 55-hour event window, the site registered nearly 38,000 page views, and over 5600 visitors left over 1500 comments and 1700+ "likes" on student project pages.