Grad student chosen for tech conference



Chelsea Hall

Chelsea Hall of Austintown, a graduate student in YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration, recently attended the SAP Sapphire Now 2014 conference in Orlando, Fla. Hall was one of just 19 students from around the world invited by SAP to attend the conference.

SAP technology represents systems, applications and products. It is an information system that is used by 253,500 customers in 188 countries, including most Fortune 1,000 companies. Using and understanding SAP software is crucial in many areas of the job market.

The SAP Sapphire Now 2014 conference was hosted by the SAP University Alliance, which provides opportunities for MBA students who want to become competitive in current technologies. Over 20,000 SAP professionals attended the conference, in addition to 250,000 professionals who participated online from all over the world.

“Sapphire Now 2014 was a great experience to network with professional contacts from large companies all over the world,” said Hall, who has since accepted a position as a production scheduler for Vallourec Star in Youngstown in which she uses business management software. She is employed full-time while continuing to work on her MBA, with plans to graduate in December.

Birsen Karpak, professor of management, attended the conference along with Hall. “We are preparing business-ready students working on an information system used by industry,” she said. “Our students are competing to work at the best companies in the world.”

WCBA offers a certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning using SAP for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, contact Karpak at or 330-941-1892.