In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it would be impossible not to notice how everyday shopping has been affected. Online shopping has boomed, grocery stores are less packed and who could forget the dreaded lack of toilet paper.

Many are asking, “What is going on behind the scenes? How are the professionals grappling with this unprecedented supply chain disruption?

Engineering alumni from FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing say the Department of Enterprise & Logistics Engineering (ELE) graduate programs—encompassing the engineering management and logistics engineering graduate programs—helped them prepare for situations just like this.

Juan Restrepo and Guillermo Vulcano graduated with master’s degrees in engineering management. Today, both work in management positions at their respective companies. Restrepo is a principal transportation practice leader for Florida at Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Vulcano is vice president of business operations at Cooper General Global Services. Both have faced challenges in their companies with respect to COVID-19.

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