Student Teams Collaborate, Present Solutions to BP Judges
Undergraduate and graduate students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business recently put their skills to practice during the Supply Chain Forum Case Competition sponsored by BP.
Five teams consisting of undergraduate, MBA and MS students participated in the event, with SCM undergraduate students Mahek Hooda, Anstein Huynh and Priyanka Sawant and GEM MBA student Swati Singh earning the final prize.
During the competition, teams had to address a case study based on a recent scenario that BP faced, which involved developing a better sourcing strategy for fracking well water disposal in East Texas. The teams received the details about the case on a Thursday evening and had until noon the following day to develop their approach.
“There were many challenges in terms of seeing a real world situation and then figuring out how to present a solution objectively,” said Henry Hao, a student who competed.
He added: “This case study was certainly a great experience, and I hope to participate in more opportunities like this in the future.”
The teams presented to a panel of four judges from BP and received feedback and scores based on their suggestions. After the presentations, the judges shared the solution that was actually implemented by BP.
Students also had the opportunity to mingle with professionals from the company before the competition during a catered lunch.
By Priscilla Aceves