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2019-20 Cases and Experiences

2019 UConn International Business Case Challenge

  • Information About UConn International Business Case Challenge

    Congratulations to Santiago Altamirano and his team for placing first at the 2019 UConn International Case Challenge!

    The 2019 UConn International Business Case Challenge took place between November 13th and November 17th on the Storrs campus. The case was related to sustainable global business and had university students participating from all over the world. The competition was an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to global business issues as well as meet people with varied perspectives from all around the world.

    Santiago is a supply chain, information and analytics student who will be graduating in December.

    Case competitions have taught me to listen. No matter how confident I’ve been in my approach, I’ve been continually humbled by others’ opinions. It’s clear to me now that the strongest solutions come from the most diverse teams. I think this realization will be crucial to my professional success.” 

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    Pictured with: Renée Ramirez (Belmont University), Santiago Altamirano (Purdue University) and Kristen Connors (University of Vermont).

    Other students representing Purdue at high level include:

    Carlos Sanabria Lovera, Second Place Team and Best Presenter    

    Diego Hilsaca Canahuati, Third Place Team and Best Responder to Q&A

    Lucas Fuchtner, Best Presenter         

    Congratulations to all students who participated and continue to make us proud.

2019 IU Purdue Case Competition

  • More Information About IU Purdue Case Competition

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    The Purdue University v/s Indiana University Information Systems Case Competition was hosted in Indiana University on 14th and 15th November 2019. Purdue graduate and undergraduate teams competed with Indiana’s graduate and undergraduate teams respectively. The top 4 teams of the STAMINA4 IT/Analytics case competition had qualified for this competition.

    The competition was sponsored by enVista, who also provided the case. The case required teams to present a solution to a vaccine supply chain company experiencing operating losses in order to cope with growing demand. Congratulations to the Krannert School Management at Purdue University for taking second and third place in the competition. Kelley School of Business at Indiana University placed first and fourth respectively. With strategic thinking required at the heart of the case, competition judge, Ryan Kauzlick wrote in his LinkedIn post, “Had a great time working with Broc Pittsford to come up with a case that would challenge the teams in the annual Indiana University vs Purdue University case competition.

    Dhruvi Patwa from team The Four Marketers that was placed second, wrote in her LinkedIn post, “This experience taught us that not only Quantitative factors but also Qualitative factors are fundamental in driving key business decisions.” The team has expressed its gratefulness to the Krannert Communication Center for holding workshops to hone their storytelling and presentation skills.

    The members of the team The Four Marketers include:

    Aishwarya Poojary, MS Marketing
    Cheitali Thakkar, MS Marketing
    Dhruvi Patwa, MS Marketing
    Sara Hernandez, MS Marketing

    Judges at the 2019 IU v/s Purdue Case Competition:

    Broc Pittsford, Senior Director, enVista
    Brent Coppess, Project Manager, enVista
    Ryan Kauzlick, Senior Director - Strategic Offerings, enVista
    Bob Draper, Senior Director - Forecasting, Eli Lilly and Company
    Todd Sanger, Senior Research Fellow - Advanced Analytics, Eli Lilly and Company
    Clayton Nunes, Global IT Director, Cook Medical

2019 Kelly-Krannert Case Competition

  • Information About Kelley-Krannert Case Competition

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    This competition began in 1999 and this year 32 students from Purdue, IU-Bloomington, and IUPUI-Indianapolis competed at the 2019 program.  The Communication Center at Krannert hosted the competition at Purdue. Student participants were introduced to the ethics case on Friday, November 8, and presented to a panel of judges on Saturday, November 9. 

    Congratulations to the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University for taking first and second place in the competition.  IU-Bloomington placed third and fourth respectively. We are proud of the competing teams for their hard work and professionalism.  

    Competition judge, Tony Denhart of GE celebrates students in his Linkedin 2019 Kelley-Krannert Case Competition article, Denhart shares:

     “I continue to be amazed, not surprised, at the capability, poise, knowledge and professionalism of the students. Every year the bar continues to be raised. These students continue to restore my faith in the future of our country.

     Competition judge, Molly McDonough of McDonough Media shares insights she learned from being a coach in her LinkedIn article, Key to the Perfect Pitch (Spoiler Alert: Know Your Audience)

    McDonough shares a statement about lessons learned:
    One is that passion and a good, reasoned approach can carry a presentation, even when you slip. Another is that no matter how clever the presentation, substance matters. If your solution doesn’t solve the underlying problem, no matter how glitzy and persuasive the presentation, no one wins.”

    Case competition participant, Mikaela Bretz, a Krannert sophomore shares on LinkedIn:
    “I am so grateful to have opportunities like these to work on my communication and presentation skills.”
    Bretz will be traveling to Bloomington to participate in an IT/Analytics case competition with another team next week.

    Josh Groh, MBA students and graduate student who was the project lead of the Kelley-Krannert Case Competition, Groh shares, “We congratulate the students for their abilities to integrate data into humanistic decision making.”

    The Communication Center team thanks the judges for their contributions and congratulations the students.

    Students on the first and second place teams include:

    Daniel Tillinghast, Sophomore, Industrial Management
    Mikaela Bretz, Sophomore, Industrial Management
    Caleb Whitehead, Sophomore, Industrial Management
    Grace Bosma, Sophomore, Marketing and Management
    Kristen Scully, Sophomore, Management
    Coleen Gabhart, Junior, Finance
    Manav Nahar, Junior, Industrial Management  
    Zoe Jordan, Senior, Management

    Judges at the 2019 Kelley-Krannert Case Competition:

    Kendell Abrams, ServiceNow Business Process Consultant, Acorio
    Spencer Abrams, Customer Success Manager, Aha!
    Tony Denhart, University Relations Manager, GE
    Bob Lazard, Retired Partner and University Partner, Crowe  
    Molly McDonough, Owner, McDonough Media
    Susan Rowe, Head of Media, Eden Collection

    A huge shout-out to the Krannert community for the teamwork to host, support, and execute this competition.  

     

2019 STAMINA4 IT/Analytics Case Competition

  • Information About STAMINA4 IT/Analytics

    The Communication Center hosted the competition in partnership with the Krenicki Center for Business Intelligence and Machine Learning

    2019 STAMINA4 IT/Analytics STATS

    • 1 Case, Renewable Energy: Placing Windmills in Indiana
    • 47 Teams participated
    • 42 Teams completed their analysis
    • 22 Teams participated in presentation practice
    • 24 Teams presented professional presentations to judges
    • 6 Teams presented at The Purdue 2050: Conference of the Future

    Special thanks to our Judges/Coaches

    • Betsy Wiersma, Author and Creator of CampExperience Network
    • Hossein Amir-Aslani, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
    • Joe Moeller, Finance and Pricing, Retired US Post Office
    • Kelly Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Leidos
    • Magda Clyne, Retired Senior Executive, Lockheed Martin
    • Peter Clyne, Retired Senior Executive, Leidos
    • Tatiana Holifield-Arthur, VP of Digital Strategy, Pacers Sports and Entertainment
    • Tim Clyne, Customer Business Manager, Unilever
    • Todd Brown, Managing Director, The Yard, Private Equity Advisory Board
    • Tom Barber, Cloud and Mobile Solutions, HP

    Winning Teams

    First Place Team

    Graduate Program, Krannert
    Aishwarya Ravindra Poojary
    Cheitali Thakkar
    Dhruvi Patwa    
    Sara Hernandez

    Second Place Team

    Graduate Program, Krannert
    Business Information and Analytics Management
    Karthik Ravindran
    Pranay Khandelwal
    Robin Jindal
    Sachin Arakeri

    Fourth Place Team

    Undergraduate Program, Krannert
    Daniel Tillinghast
    Hannah Cohen
    Matthew Harstine
    Mikaela Bretz

    Fourth Place Team

    Undergraduate Program, Engineering
    Abhishek Vyas
    Fagun Patel
    Shubham Bhokare
    Sneha Basu

     

Conexus Indiana Case Competition

  • Information About Conexus Competition

    Congratulations to Krannert Junior Manav Nahar on achieving second place at the 2019 Conexus Case Competition. Manav worked on a supply chain case with students from Earlham College, and the University of Indianapolis. Special thanks to Conexus Indiana for providing this opportunity.

    Team 22: Matthew Truex, Earlham; Manav Nahar, Purdue; Brandon Turcios, University of Indianapolis

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The Exceptional Presenter Workshop

  • Information About Workshop

    Tim Koegel is the author of The Exceptional Presenter and he engages with audiences a very high level.

    On October 28, Koegel delivered a keynote message and engaged a packed auditorium with his powerful message. He also engaged with students in the Contemporary Thought for Minorities Class and an M&A Finance Course. Tim shared how to maximize the use of gestures to deliver a powerful message.   Special thanks to Dr. Sergey Chernenko and Mr. Darren Henry for allowing our center to visit their classes and help students prepare for upcoming class presentations. We execute our programs through student leadership, a big shout out to Joshua Groh, Meagan Cooper, Yash Asher, Sally Wei, the Ascend Student Chapter, the entire Communication Center team, and all of the student participants.

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A Creative Recruitment Event to Engage High School Students

  • Information About Recruiting Event

    "A Day of Firsts"

    Author and Inventor: Meagan Cooper, Krannert School 

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    On Thursday, September 19th a bus full of high school students from the Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis was welcomed to Purdue University by faculty and Purdue students. The Krannert Communication Center was able to interact with the high school students for an hour, so we knew we had to make our hour count. Months beforehand, we had numerous meetings on how we could show these students the rigorous but fulfilling curriculum and that Krannert has to offer as well as the hard-working and inspiring Purdue students that bring it to life. Ultimately, we decided to use the hour by introducing the high school students to a feature of Krannert that is well known inside and outside of class - the case competition.

    The high school students were split into five different groups, each with a Purdue student mentor who first shared their favorite Purdue experiences and some of the opportunities Krannert had provided them with. Then, the cases began. Each group had a different, hypothetical fellow Polytechnic high school student who was interested in Krannert, but unsure of what academic path was best for them. Based on the hypothetical student's interests, past experiences and academic interests the students had to recommend a major, minor/concentration and Purdue experience that would best be suited for the hypothetical individual. An example of this is a student who wanted a mix of engineering and business classes, took computer sciences classes in high school and wanted to learn about different cultures. This would, potentially lead the Polytechnic students to make the recommendation of an Industrial Management major with a required Computer Science concentration and potentially study abroad at some point during their time at Purdue.

    With the help of their Purdue student mentor, each group was able to brainstorm their ideas and then present their findings to our faculty as well as their fellow students. This led them to not only be able to learn about the resources and academic options Krannert provides but also hear from our own students about what those majors or experiences mean to them.

    This was definitely an event full of firsts, for everyone involved. For some of the Polytechnic students, it was their first-time visiting Purdue and first time working on a case competition. On our end, this was our first time hosting a high-school recruitment event and writing a case geared towards a younger audience. The experience did not come without its own set of hiccups, but hopefully this will pave the way for much more communication between prospective high school students and the Krannert Communication Center. We can't wait to see what the future holds!

    Thank you! Finally, this story would be incomplete without thanking all of the students who made this event possible: Yash Asher, Matt Thomas, Bernardo Perez, Alekhya Sureppedi, Jordan Lott, Ben Wagrez and Manav Nahar.

Case Competition Skills Workshop

  • Information About Workshop

    Marc Cosentino, author of case interview preparation book Case in Point, will be facilitated a workshop to help students sharpen case competition skills. The August 28 workshop engaged 147 students from across the Purdue campus.

    A student's perspective

    "Marc's workshop was a comprehensive and structured overview of the case competition process that was helpful to both first-timers and case comp pros alike. It was great to see all the little parts we've heard in the past come together and play into a bigger picture of the process. His examples were clear, straightforward, and concise. Super helpful!"

    "I've used Marc's Case In Point book to prepare for case interviews in the past and it was awesome to meet him in person and experience him delivering the same level of wisdom in his workshop!"

    Christopher Jing
    Economics and Finance, Minor in Statistics - Purdue University
    Central Committee - Purdue Old Masters
    Treasurer - School of Management Employers Forum (SMEF)
    Community Service Chair - Purdue Badminton