By Kasy Long
Oct 5, 2023
Operations and Supply Chain Management Major
at Indiana State University
As a high school student in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Sycamore Dylan Maupin knew he wanted to attend a university that would inspire him to grow as a person and as a professional. Maupin asked himself a series of questions: Which school would challenge him? Which school had professors who would know his name and care about his interests? Which school would offer him the best opportunity to find a job after graduation?
After careful consideration, Maupin decided that only one school would satisfy these criteria: Indiana State University.
Now a senior studying operations and supply chain management, Maupin knows he made the right decision to become an Indiana State Sycamore. Along with his minor in business analytics, Maupin has taken advantage of the many networking opportunities provided by Indiana State’s Scott College of Business.
“There are opportunities for you to get involved in campus organizations and networking right away at Indiana State. There’s less competition [than at other schools] and the smaller class sizes allow us to get to know our professors,” says Maupin, who is also a President’s Scholar and a member of Indiana State’s Honors College.
Students in the Scott College of Business often forge connections with Indiana State alumni and employers through internships. For the past two summers, Maupin has completed internships with Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis. There, he developed skills in supplier sourcing, project management, supply chain optimization, time management, negotiations, and strategic communication.
“The internship helped me determine what I’m good at and the kind of work I want to pursue after I graduate,” Maupin says.
Thinking about the future, Maupin aspires to become a supply chain executive, someone who will track the status of materials, identify suppliers, and direct the movement, storage, and processing of inventory items. There is high demand for businesses to deliver better quality products and services. This is especially true for automotive and electronics manufacturers and food suppliers. Supply chain executives earn a median salary of $94,560, according to Pearson Pathways.
Maupin’s education has been shaped by courses that have prepared him for his chosen career. His classes in the Scott College of Business have taught him strategies to become a better and more confident business leader.
“The classes broaden my perspective of leadership and the different qualities a good leader must possess,” he explains.
One of those classes required Maupin to put himself in a consumer’s shoes with a project in which students designed a product they could sell in today’s market. Maupin created a proposal for an automatic water fountain that would circulate water through a filter.
“Almost everything we purchase or do as individuals is a part of a marketing strategy. There are multiple different aspects that go into creating your own product besides designing it and giving it a purpose. It was great to learn about this in a hands-on approach,” Maupin says.
The Sycamore has gained other professional development skills and learning through a study abroad experience in Greece and through campus involvement, including with the Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity. Its members regularly earn the highest fraternity grade point average on Indiana State’s campus. This involvement has helped Maupin discover more networking opportunities and form lifelong friendships.
“Throughout my time within Delta Sig, I have been given the opportunity to hold many different positions that have improved my professional skills, as well as meet and network with new people I would not have met if I didn’t join this fraternity. It truly is a brotherhood where we all work together to better ourselves and make our name known on campus. Delta Sig helped me learn more about who I am,” he says.
These opportunities have worked out in Maupin’s favor. Now, he hopes other students realize their potential as Sycamores.
“If you’re ever struggling in class, talk to your professors. They’re here for you. Get involved on campus. Indiana State has a welcoming campus where you’ll find where you belong,” Maupin remarks.
It’s no surprise Maupin is choosing a career where he will lead others to success. He’s already influencing others to work hard, form connections, and think outside the box. Because real leaders wear BLUE!