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Judges call winning Fisher undergraduate case competition presentation "MBA-quality"

Published: 2010-06-19

A team of undergraduate students took first place honors, "by a resounding victory," said Andrea M. Prud'homme, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Management Sciences, at an undergraduate case competition testing logistics and operations expertise.

The event was organized and hosted by the Buckeye Operations Management Society (BOMS) on April 9 and 10 on the Fisher campus. The Center for Operational Excellence (COE) and Limited Brands co-sponsored the competition. Seven undergraduate teams from universities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana participated.

The teams were given a supply chain problem to solve and present to judges from Limited Brands and Exel. Each student team was given the case Friday evening with 14 hours to independently solve the case and 15 minutes to make their presentation Saturday morning, without indicating university affiliation.

"I knew the case would be challenging, but in a fun way," said Catalina Lizarralde. "Cases can be time consuming and stressful, but its worth it because they are extremely fulfilling and enriching. When the judges said that our team put together an MBA-quality presentation, the long night of work paid off, it was extremely rewarding. We were all very proud of each other as a team, but definitely we were very proud of our program and of Fisher."

University of Dayton and Michigan State University took second and third place in the competition.