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Students in Olin’s CELect course helped create the marketing plan for SafeTrek, a personal mobile safety app that was introduced to the WashU community this fall. Student-led teams in the entrepreneurship consulting course are paired with startups at the downtown accelerator T-Rex and assigned a wide variety of projects.

“The project for SafeTrek is one of many examples where helping a local entrepreneur also helped the community,” said Academic Director for Entrepreneurship Clifford Holekamp.

We asked SafeTrek cofounder Nick Droege about working with CELect teams on the marketing rollout of the app for WashU:

Have the CELect teams provided valuable contributions to your company?

The CELect teams have been extremely valuable in helping us over the past year. From market research to rollout strategies, they’ve made our jobs easier.

The spring 2017 team was diverse mix of law and business students. Did they bring valuable perspectives?

The spring 2017 team was an impressive group. They were able to provide us with valuable insights on campus climate as we geared up to launch at WUSTL’s campus.

[Related: Check out the Spring 2017 CELect team’s take on collaborating with SafeTrek]

What would you tell other startups considering a collaboration with a CELect student team?

Yes. Constantly getting outside perspectives is extremely important as you’re building a company. As founders, it’s easy to hone in on our strategies based on our lenses of how we should execute. Having a group of young, motivated, entrepreneurial spirited students look at what we’re doing and offer their opinions has made us take a step back and evaluate our approaches.

Safetrek recently announced a $3.2 million funding round with St. Louis-based VC firm Cultivation Capital.

The University is continuing to provide SafeTrek FREE OF CHARGE to all students, faculty, staff and Basic Services Contractor employees. To activate your subscription click on the link below and follow the steps: www.safetrekapp.com/affiliate/WUSTL

Olin graduate students may be wondering who took over their lounge in Bauer Hall. The WashU and Commission on Presidential Debates teams have moved in and will be handing out official swag bags to the media from the lounge, after reporters pick up their credentials in the Active Learning Lab. Olin is at the center of the Debate activities that move into high gear today.

debate banner knight hallBy the way, graduate students can find their mail files in Knight Hall 239 (located near the WCC). Files will be moved back to the lounge Monday, October 10th.

Meanwhile, the countdown clock on the official debate website is in the single digits. More than 2,500 media are expected to arrive on campus this week and networks will be broadcasting live from Mudd Field and Brookings Quad. Miles of fencing have been installed around the Danforth Campus, and even more around the inner sanctum of the debate: the Athletic Complex.

By the end of the week, parking on or around campus will be very limited. Millbrook Garage on Throop Drive will be reserved exclusively for media Saturday and Sunday. Forsyth and Big Bend will be closed to traffic this weekend. Campus access will be limited. The Presidential Debate takes place Sunday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. CDT.

Please note: This weekend, you must have your WUSTL ID to get on campus and access buildings.

Check the official website for up-to-date announcements on road closures, parking availability, campus access, and public events: debate.wustl.edu



Due to security and transportation considerations for the Oct. 9 presidential debate, the following road closures will be in effect near Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Detours will be marked for all affected roads.

All closure information is subject to change. Check this page for updates.

  • Big Bend Boulevard between Wydown Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic beginning on Saturday, Oct. 8 at approximately 2 p.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.



  • Security fencing will be installed on the west side of Big Bend Boulevard from Forsyth Boulevard to Westmoreland Drive, blocking vehicle egress from streets, alleys and driveways.
  • Forsyth Boulevard between Big Bend and Skinker Boulevard will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Oct. 9 at approximately 9 a.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.


For more information about how the debate will affect our campuses and community, visit the For Our Community section of the Debate website, link here.

This content was published on the WashU Debate site 9/30/2016

In part two of his BCTIM Operational Excellence seminar, Dana Hullinger, Director of Supply Chain Strategy, Architectures & Analytics at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, speaks about BDS Supplier Management’s role in supply chain strategy and using financial and operational risk reduction to affect a transformation from cost center to value creator.

Hullinger also explains how creating a strategic approach to supply chain management in the defense industry is instrumental to top-line growth and bottom-line profitability.  One strategy mentioned by Hullinger was the introduction of a third supplier for the landing gear on the Boeing 777X. This increased competition for Boeing’s business, he said, encouraged innovation, investment, and excitement in the company. Such strategies, Hullinger said, allow BDS to look further down the road and orchestrate supply chain solutions instead of simply negotiating in the existing supplier climate.

For part one of Hullinger’s presentation, click here.

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The Boeing Center was pleased to host Dana Hullinger, Director of Supply Chain Strategy, Architectures & Analytics at Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the second BCTIM Operational Excellence seminar of 2016. His presentation, titled “Transforming the Supply Chain Organization: Tackling the Biggest Supply Chain Risk of Them All,” focused on the challenges of supplier management in the aerospace and defense industry. Hullinger, responsible for supply chain architecture and investment, reduces operational and financial risk by analyzing the current supplier landscape and making strategic decisions about sourcing and procurement.

BCTIM-Hullinger2As one might expect, Boeing’s supply chain is amazingly complex. With over 5,000 suppliers in 30+ countries, handling more than 120,000 purchase contracts, efficient and organized supply chain management is essential.  Naturally, such complexity introduces risk when operating in a global market.  Some of the challenges highlighted by Hullinger regarding the globalization of Boeing’s supply chain are:

  • ensuring that suppliers do not use conflict minerals in their manufacturing processes
  • protecting against information theft by cyber criminals
  • managing obsolescence due to technological innovation

These challenges are particularly important for Boeing as it strives to reduce risk BCTIM-Hullinger3and increase visibility across its entire supply chain.  Effective risk management and communication with suppliers, Hullinger claimed, are vital to the company’s future growth. A collaborative process will enhance Boeing’s ability to manage supply chain risk and maintain its position as the preeminent company in defense and aerospace.

We thank Mr. Hullinger for sharing his expert knowledge with the supply chain and logistics community. Also, we congratulate Boeing on 100 years of innovation and excellence, and look forward to the next 100.

By Evan Dalton

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