Students considered for the Outstanding Student Award must be graduating seniors who have earned a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The student receiving the award should demonstrate great promise and outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field. Personality and involvement in university activities are also important attributes.
This year’s recipient is Justin Wilcox, a senior operations/supply chain management major from Port Wing, WI. He was selected by the faculty and staff from a list of 367 students who met the award's GPA requirement. Wilcox was presented with the university's medallion by Interim Dean Tim Vaughan at the college's annual Celebrating Success reception on May 2. His name has also been added to the plaque in Schneider Hall listing past award recipients.
Wilcox, who will graduate in May with a 3.96 GPA, has accepted a position with Oshkosh Corporation as a materials specialist.
Meet Justin Wilcox, CPIM, 2018 COB Outstanding Student
"Justin embodies all elements of excellence here at UW-Eau Claire with his passion for learning, helping others, and his career in supply chain," said Terry Wells, senior lecturer in the Department of Management & Marketing and APICS faculty advisor.
Justin Wilcox attributes much of his success as a student at UW-Eau Claire to his involvement in APICS, an international professional organization for supply chain and operations management.
"APICS adds so much value to your education in such a short amount of time between tours, workshops and networking," said Wilcox.
He joined the organization as a freshman in 2014. Since then he has participated in over 40 plant tours, lead regular Microsoft Excel and Project workshops, attended two international conferences, and competed in seven APICS case competitions, placing second in three separate ones. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the organization, including serving as vice president of technology, treasurer, and finally president this year.
Wilcox is also APICS certified in production and inventory management, the premier professional certification for internal supply chain business operations.
In addition, Wilcox is a member of the university honors program and he is the student lead software trainer in LTS, the university's technical support and learning services unit.
He has completed two internships with Oshkosh Corporation: one in operations, where he developed, presented, and implemented plans to improve assembly line operations which resulted in a 7.5% decrease in production lead time; and a second internship in materials, where he contributed to $800,000 in cost savings by working with suppliers and plants to align order quantities.
Wilcox's hard work has paid off.
He has accepted a position with Oshkosh Corporation as a materials specialist where he will be responsible for critical material flow improvements in the company’s Wisconsin manufacturing facilities. He will work with suppliers and manufacturing facilities to ensure materials are available to produce a high quality product.