There isn’t time to waste for Michala Luck. Beginning at WVU as a biomedical engineering major, Michala transferred as a freshman to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics Global Supply Chain Management program. She is now in her junior year — and loving it.
A co-founder of the WVU Chapter of Global Business Brigades, Michala is part of a team that goes to Panama once a year to teach financial literacy. The purpose of the trip is to help Panama residents break the cycle of poverty and focus on holistic growth that connects with underserved communities.
“We create deliverables like marketing plans, inventory systems and business strategy documents for the owners. It is an incredibly rewarding adventure.”
She is also part of a team of WVU business and engineering students who won the most recent Race to the Case Supply Chain Case Study Competition at the University of Pittsburgh.
“It was great to be able to apply my classroom knowledge to real world scenarios,” Michala said, “and our four-year winning streak at this competition speaks to the caliber of students coming out of WVU’s supply chain program.”
In the fall of 2018, she was on a co-op with Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia in Buffalo, West Virginia, where she worked in Production Control. She also works on major projects with Corolla and RAV4 engines to help cut costs and make TMMWV a leaner manufacturer.
With four semesters to go, Michala is cultivating her future career, as she prepares for another Toyota co-op rotation in Plano, Texas, to work in the Supply Chain Division. She hopes to take advantage of research and study abroad opportunities through both the Milan Puskar Scholars program and the Global Supply Chain Management department, getting every advantage of WVU’s GSCM program she can.