Spears Business MS BAnDS students enter case competition

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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The Oklahoma State University Master of Business Analytics and Data Science program held its annual case competition in October.

This year’s winning team was first year MS BAnD students Joe Athimala Maria, Dania Crivelli, Ranjith Kumar Kuppu Rathinam and Jayke Ratliff. The second place winners of the competition were Landrie Alsobrook, Kushal Kulshreshtha, Frankle Muchahary, Omkar Nayan Patade and Roger Tan, all first year students at MS BAnD. The third-placed MS BAnD first-year students were Muralidhar Ippili, Satishwar Kedas, Rishitha Koneru and Ray Litchfield.

Honorable mentions also went to Best Presenter Roe Djer Tan and Best Q&A Ray Litchfield.

In this internal competition, students were asked to solve a human resource analysis problem to predict the default rate of potential employees. Teams have one week to prepare strategies to present to the judges.

In the preliminaries, all students competed and were judged by a panel of OSU alumni currently working in various industries.

The competition was judged on the quality of the solution and the quality of the presentation. The judges select the top three teams to advance to the finals. Advancement teams have an additional week to refine their presentation and make any changes they deem necessary prior to the final presentation.

Finalists are judged by top management. The judging panel included Ashley Gockstetter, Director of Client Strategy and Analytics at Love’s Travel Stop; Brad Cost, President, CEO and Owner of Infinedi; Michael Cliff, IT Enterprise Applications Manager at ONE Gas and Chief Data Scientist and Innovation at Laredo Petroleum, Inc. and data analytics manager David Benham.

MS BAnDS students participating in this round were asked to present the same case. The judges ranked the three teams. First place winner receives US$250, second US$200, third US$150 and US$50 for Best Speaker and Best Q&A.

“This race helped me get out of my comfort zone and do difficult things,” said first team member Dania Crivelli. “I better understand how the technical skills of data analysis and business knowledge complement each other to deliver results that help solve business problems.”

PhD. Goutam Chakraborty, director of MS BAnDS, believes that case competitions provide great opportunities for students.

“The Business Analysis Case Competition is an integral part of the MS BAnDS program,” Chakraborty said. “We teach our students to think and act like advisors.”

“Having students present to senior judges in the industry helps students understand the big problems that senior executives struggle with every day,” said Chakraborty. “I thank the judges for their time for this event and for each team valuable feedback.”

Information about the MS BAnDs program is available at https://business.okstate.edu/analytics/.

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