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The Deloitte Case Competition first-place team (left to right): David Ware (MIS), Jordan Underhill (Marketing), Shruti Jagtap (MS-MIS), and Blaine Light (Engineering).

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Dynamic Learning Community: Technology-Minded Students Test Skills at Deloitte Case Competition

March 2011

By Liz Warren-Pederson

Over 150 undergraduate and graduate students applied this spring to participate in the Deloitte Consulting Case Challenge, a hands-on simulation based on an actual Deloitte project.

In February, a team of Deloitte professionals presented the case study to 35 finalist students, who were then randomly assigned to teams and given a week to analyze the situation and develop a cohesive solution. The case revolved around “Neptune,” a school district with significant data tracking and IT challenges.

The first-place team consisted of undergraduate MIS major David Ware, marketing major Jordan Underhill, and engineering management major Blaine Light, along with MS-MIS student Shruti Jagtap. “It was exciting to be on a team that was motivated and willing to work through these challenges,” Light said.

The second-place team brought together MIS and entrepreneurship junior Taylor Hedberg, business management major Lily Yu, and MS-MIS students Dhaval Gohil and Dilip Rajan. “I love solving problems and helping other people solve their problems,” Hedberg said. “That's why I'm in the entrepreneurship program and why I am interested in working as a strategic, management, and technical consultant at some point in my career.”

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