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Group photo Operations Fellows class of 2021

Operations Fellows

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

About Us

Operations Fellows is the premier organization for MBA students who are committed to pursuing leadership roles in the fields of operations management, supply chain, and business strategy. Gain invaluable real-world experience and access to industry leaders, while increasing the prominence of the program and building a legacy for future.

  • Unparalleled exposure to cross-industry networking opportunities and business leaders
  • Experiential learning through real-world consulting projects and company visits
  • Access to our expanding network of Operations Fellows alumni
  • Opportunity to mentor undergraduate supply chain students

Join Us

Join Us

The goal of the application process is to gauge individual’s interest in Operations Fellows, expected contributions, ideas to improve the program, and intent to make a lasting impact within the program.

Students are selected based on previous professional experience, academic accomplishments, leadership ability, teamwork and communication skills, and desire to professionally represent the Texas McCombs MBA program.

Application Process / Interview Timeline

  • Office hours sign-up deadline - Saturday, 9/12 at 11:59 pm
  • Office hours - 9/14-9/17
  • Application deadline - Wednesday, 9/23 at 11:59 pm
  • Interview sign-up - 9/24 - 9/26 at 11:59 pm
  • Interview period - Tuesday, 9/29 thru Thursday, 10/1
  • Class of 2022 notification - Friday, 10/16
  • Class of 2022 acceptance due - Saturday, 10/17 at 5:00 pm
  • Class of 2022 orientation meeting - TBD
  • Class of 2022 welcome - Wednesday, 10/28 at 6:30-8:00 pm

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Business Photo (professional headshot)
  • Short answer to the following questions (max 200 words each)
    • Why do you want to be part of the Operations Fellows program?
    • Why do you believe you would be a good Operations Fellow?
    • If selected, how would you contribute to improve the Operations Fellows program?


  • Combine files into one (1) PDF document titled "Operations Fellows_YourFullName_2022.pdf"
  • Submit to with subject line: "Operations Fellows Application 2022: Your Full Name"
  • Application deadline - Wednesday, 9/23 at 11:59 pm


Speakers & Visits

Speakers & Visits

Leaders and experts from different industries are invited to share their management experience and thoughts on new trends in Supply Chain and Operations. Fellows have access direct access to these industry leaders in a small group setting.

Tour company sites to learn more about the real-world business of supply chain and operations management.

Real World Experience

Real World Experience

Real-world consulting projects provide hands-on experience in operational strategy, process analysis and design, supply-chain management and total quality management. Project work earns course credit through the Operations Practicum.

Recent project sponsors and topics include:

  • Vital Farms - Inventory Logistics
  • Twin Liquors - Inventory Control
  • Dell - Improving Forecast Accuracy
  • HID Global - Activity Based Costing
  • NXP Semiconductors - Leading Indicator Analysis
  • Micron Technology - Yield Planning
  • Emerson - Slow Moving Inventory & Procurement Structure
  • Chevron - Terminal Capacity Planning

Operations Fellows are required to enroll in the Operations Practicum during the spring semester of their first year. Signed NDAs are required for this class.

Operations Challenge

Operations Challenge

Texas McCombs Operations Challenge offers first-year MBA students a "live" supply chain and operations experience based on a challenging business case involving real-world issues currently faced by industry. Students present their strategies directly to the case sponsor and a panel of cross-industry judges. This year our case will focus on The Geopolitical Risk of Supply Chain.

SCMC Roundtable brings together industry, students, and faculty to discuss topics that are influencing the evolution of modern supply chains. This year we will explore the impact and challenges of Digitalizing the Ecosystem.


Training & Team Building

Training & Team Building

  • Gain practical skills through hands-on training sessions. Previous topics include Microsoft Power BI and Tableau.
  • Expand your understanding of Diversity and Inclusion topics in collaboration with other Fellows groups. Topics include Unconscious Bias Training.
  • Enhance your MBA experience through team building activities and mentor opportunities

Current Fellows

Meet the Current Fellows

Class of 2021 Officers

President – Jake Cartier
VP Case Challenge – Sujian Luo
VP External Affairs – Clara Tran
VP Operations – Siobhan MacDonald
VP Programming – Brenda Garcia
VP Recruiting – Susan Alvarez


Headshot for Michael Alvarez, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Michael Alvarez

Headshot for Susan Alvarez, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Susan Alvarez

Headshot for Sarah Butt, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Sarah Butt

Headshot for Kelsi Carrick, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Kelsi Carrick

Headshot for Jake Cartier, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Jake Cartier

Headshot for Brenda Garcia, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Brenda Garcia

Headshot for Diana Lainez, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Diana Lainez

Headshot for Sujian Luo, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Sujian Luo

Headshot for Siobhan MacDonald, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Siobhan MacDonald

Headshot for Colin Morris, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Colin Morris

Headshot for Chika Okafor, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Chika Okafor

Headshot for Yi Pan, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Yi Pan

Headshot for Kelly Pettit, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Kelly Pettit

Headshot for Richard Romeo, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Richard Romeo

Jonathan Ruud 

Jonathan Ruud

Shirley Shin 

Shirley Shin

Headshot for Cheng Su, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Cheng Su

Headshot for Charlotte Thomas, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Charlotte Thomas

Headshot for Clara Tran, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Clara Tran

Headshot for Carlos Trevino, Operations Fellows Class of 2021 

Carlos Trevino