Two alums are among ‘Conexus Rising 30’ honorees

Michele White and Roland Wilson
Young alums Michelle White, ’18 and Roland K. Wilson, ’19  were recently named to the inaugural class of “Conexus Rising 30.”

The new program by Conexus Indiana recognizes 30 advanced manufacturing and logistics professionals under the age of 30 who are distinguishing themselves as the movers and makers of the future.

White is a Forecast Planner at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis and Wilson is an Assistant Operations Manager — Variable Labor at GEODIS. Both credit their ISU education for preparing them for career success.

“I didn’t give any thought to the supply chain world until an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya,” White posted on LinkedIn. “After that, I was quickly thrust into the supply chain world which led to an internship and my current role. I’m thrilled to receive an award that recognizes 30 young professionals under 30 who have demonstrated significant industry impact and success. This is a great reminder to myself that I’m on the right path and I’m doing exactly what I need to be doing to make a difference.”

Said Wilson: “My experience at ISU was built on the foundation of relationship-building, establishing networks, and development of professional skills. Whether it was one of our many industry visits, case competitions, or classroom content the OSCM [Operation and Supply Chain Management] program centered itself around providing students the skills, tools, and applicable knowledge to succeed early in their careers.

“ISU gave me the fundamentals and professional experiences to apply to my day-to-day life.  The OSCM program at ISU bridged the gap between education and practice.”