Spark change and drive student success

  • Ranked #1

    institution in terms of impactful research
    – 2023 Journal of Business Logistics

Iowa State University has long been home to one of the world’s leading supply chain programs, and the Ivy Supply Chain Forum pairs that research and academic success with a longstanding commitment to industry. Since its establishment in 2018, the Ivy Supply Chain Forum has evolved into a dynamic partnership.

Ivy Supply Chain Forum membership benefits include:

  • Issue-driven dialogue among corporate members and the diverse industries they represent.
  • Meaningful engagement with supply chain management students and support for their learning and professional development.
  • Access to the research and thought leadership of Ivy’s distinguished supply chain faculty.

Ivy Supply Chain Forum brochure

Platform for dialogue

A platform for dialogue

Members share unique perspectives and exchange ideas and solutions.

Forum members are encouraged to attend and actively participate in biannual, executive-level meetings held on the Iowa State campus. These meetings are designed to promote open and thoughtful dialogue. The value of corporate member engagement includes:

  • High-level discussion of supply chain challenges and opportunities.
  • Input and analysis from various viewpoints and diverse industry perspectives.
  • Shared insights and experiences aimed at enhancing operations.

A driver of student success and career readiness

Members offer critical financial support for student learning and professional development.

Corporate members lift up the next generation of supply chain management professionals. The generous contributions of our forum members support undergraduate students in their degree completion and fund a variety of experiential learning opportunities that are proven to promote academic success and career readiness. Corporate membership dues are instrumental in funding:

  • Merit-based scholarships.
  • Participation in nationally recognized case competitions.
  • Global learning through international case studies.
  • Supply chain student organizations and the young leaders they cultivate.
  • Professional certification opportunities for our highest achieving students.

Forum members also enjoy premium student engagement opportunities, such as first-opportunity invitations to present to student clubs, engage in classroom activities, host site visits, sponsor case studies, and collaborate on independent research.

Hannah Mertz

Your belief in my potential and investment in my education is truly appreciated. I am an active member of two student organizations, the Supply Chain Management Club and Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence. My involvement in these organizations has exposed me to valuable networking opportunities and allowed me to act as a mentor to other supply chain students.

Hannah Mertz, Ivy Supply Chain Forum scholarship recipient

SCM faculty

A think-tank for faculty research

Members serve as a sounding board for university research and innovation.

The forum serves as an incubator of ideas for Ivy’s supply chain management faculty, who have distinguished themselves as leaders in academic research and its real-world application. Ensuring a relevant link to business practice is essential, and Ivy faculty place high value on the insights and feedback of forum members. Research engagement occurs in many ways, including:

  • Early distribution and discussion of white papers addressing important supply chain topics.
  • Support for research that responds to member-highlighted challenges and operations.
  • Thought leadership for emerging issues in supply chain management.

Corporate membership commitment

The Ivy Supply Chain Forum aims to provide meaningful value to its members as individual organizations and in service of creating more efficient and effective supply chains everywhere. As a corporate member you are investing in developing future supply chain leaders, new scholarships addressing supply chain operations, and dialogue, and engagement among our membership.

Our corporate membership includes: Cargill, Corteva, Danfoss, HyVee, Iowa-DOT, Kent, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Ruan, and Travero.

Membership options:

  • One-year membership – $25,000.
  • Three-year membership – $60,000.

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Ivy Supply Chain Forum? Contact Peter Ralston to learn about the opportunities.



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Department of Supply Chain Management

2341 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011

Peter Ralston

Ivy Supply Chain Forum Director
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Molly Helmers

Industry Engagement Specialist
2350 Gerdin Business Building