- Krannert Operations Club Case Competition, April
- Carnegie Mellon University Case Competition, October
In 2004, during the Fall Partner’s Meeting on September 30th, Saint-Gobain Containers (SGC) sponsored an internal case competition between Purdue Operations Club students. The goals of the competition were to first, give the competing students an opportunity to experience a situation like that of the Carnegie Mellon annual case competition prior to representing Purdue, and second, to select a team to represent Krannert Graduate School of Management at the Carnegie Mellon competition. The winning team of the five teams that entered the competition would, as a reward for success, receive $800 in prize money and a free trip to Pittsburg to attend the Carnegie Mellon case competition. The second place team would receive $400 in prize money. The third place team would receive $200 in prize money, and the fourth place team would receive $100 in prize money. Due to the generosity of SGC and Sr. VP of HR, Tom McDuffee, the fifth place team also received $100 in prize money. $1600 in total prize monies were awarded, not including the travel expenses of the winning team. Teams were given a total of seven hours to analyze and prepare a presentation for a business case. The HBS case, “Medsource Technologies” was chosen. Each team member was required to present a portion of the case to the Partner’s at the Fall Partner’s Meeting. The presentations went well, and DCMME received several positive comments from the Partner’s about the strong performance of the Krannert Master’s students and the depth of the talent in the Master’s program. In addition, the Partner’s in attendance were impressed with the willingness of student to take on additional responsibilities over and above their regular assignments.
The results of the competition were as follows:
#1 – Team 3 (81.4 points)
Sherry Chen, Meredith Durham, Brent Horrocks, Ernest Jutte
#2 – Team 1 (81.1 points)
Micaela Ridge, Paul Rowe, Ricardo Taviera, Dave Meyer
#3 – Team 4 (77.7 points)
Adam Byers, Phil Chen, Ben Neff, Bhushan Shah
#4 – Team 5 (73.5 points)
Chen Han, Raymond Lee, Wei Lui, Wenkui Wang
#5 – Team 2 (70.9 points)
Srini Iyer, Karan Malla, Sudi Ramakrishnan, Anoop Tiwari
This case competition would not have been possible without the generosity of DCMME partner Saint-Gobain Containers. The competition was a valuable learning experience for all of those involved, and allowed DCMME and Krannert to showcase the talented students that are interested in Manufacturing and Operations at Purdue to the Partners. Thank you again to SGC for their support.