Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)

This page is for the Penn State Smeal Supply Chain Management Association information and bios.

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is a student-run organization dedicated to furthering student knowledge of supply chain management and enhancing the career development of our members. SCMA activities include guest lecturers from industry representatives, factory tours, and networking opportunities with the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR).

Membership Benefits

Membership in the SCMA offers exciting opportunities that will help anyone to enrich his or her supply chain knowledge both academically and professionally.

  • Participation in SCMA events
  • Networking opportunities with Supply Chain recruiters
  • Speaker series hosting supply chain industry experts and corporate leaders
  • Visits to manufacturing sites/logistics distribution centers of large corporations
  • Attendance to the annual fall, spring supply chain career fairs
  • Leadership opportunities

Officer Bios

Portrait of Samarth Sareen.Samarth Sareen, President

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Samarth Sareen is the President of the Supply Chain Management Association at the Smeal College of Business. His vision for the organization is to assist MBA, MBAN, and MOL students gather skills and gain insights about Supply Chain early in the program. He hopes the organization will help students develop early relations with recruiters and attain usable traits. Samarth hopes the association helps students become subject matter experts. Samarth grew up in England, Switzerland and India. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain and Information systems. After completing his undergraduate studies from the Pennsylvania State University, he worked as a Global Materials Manager for 2 years and a Strategy and Business Development manager for a year. This summer Samarth plans to intern with Novartis as an MBA procurement manager. The energy Samarth felt at Penn State and the close-knit MBA program that was promised is what brought him back to Smeal for his MBA. When Samarth is not busy, he loves watching Football (soccer) and American Football. He was also ranked in the world in Call of Duty and loves playing video games. Samarth loves to travel and has visited 26 different countries.

 

Portrait of Piper Jones.Piper Jones, VP of Finance

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Piper Jones is the VP of Finance of the Supply Chain Management Association at the Smeal College of Business. Her responsibilities include raising and managing funds for future SCMA events. She is excited to support her peers in building their interest and knowledge of supply chain management practices. Piper is originally from Newtown, PA, and graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science concentrated in Biology. She has experience working in supply chain planning and R&D procurement at Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson & Johnson. In addition to these professional pursuits, she also spent four years working in a research lab in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, investigating the links between childhood asthma development and comorbid disorders. During her time at Smeal, Piper intends to concentrate in Supply Chain Management and Finance. She aspires to work at the intersection of science and business in the future. In her free time, she is an avid hiker, experimental chef, and art enthusiast.

 

Portrait of Vahini Talamati.Vahini Talamati, VP of Operations

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Vahini Talamati is the VP of Operations of the Supply Chain Management Association at the Smeal College of Business. Her responsibilities include planning and organizing events to promote supply chain management in the Smeal community. She is looking forward to fostering her peers’ interests in supply chain through activities such as case competitions, company information sessions, alumni panels, and supply chain-related excursions. Vahini is originally from Manalapan, New Jersey, and graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has experience working in Value Chain Management and Emerging Technology for pharmaceutical companies including Merck and Pfizer. She plans to concentrate in Supply Chain Management and Marketing during her time at Smeal. This summer, Vahini will intern with Novartis as an MBA Procurement Intern for Patient Specialty Services. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring undergraduate students at Penn State, traveling, and screenwriting. 

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