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Mike Laffin

For immediate release:
November 7, 2002

Carnegie Mellon MBA Students Win International Operations Management Case Competition
Win elevates unbroken record to five first-place finishes for Carnegie Mellon

Pittsburgh—A team of four MBA students from Carnegie Mellon University won the highly competitive International Operations Management Case Competition this past Saturday, Nov. 2. The tournament pitted teams from 18 of the top MBA programs in the country against each other in an intense 21-hour competition. Foursomes from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University placed second and third, respectively. The competition, which is in its ninth year, was held on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

"We are thrilled that we continue to dominate other management programs in the highly specialized field of operations management," said Joydeep Sengupta, second-year MBA student and president of the Operations Management Club at Carnegie Mellon's business school. "The win highlights the caliber of students who come to Carnegie Mellon, and it's a compliment to the top-notch faculty who are known throughout the globe as being the leaders in operations management." Carnegie Mellon's operations management concentration is ranked No. 1 by The Wall Street Journal and No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report.

Case competitions are common activity at business schools around the world. There are a small number of top-tier tournaments held throughout the country that are the premier events for specific areas of business. For operations management, the main event is held at Carnegie Mellon and is invitation-only. "Case competitions are valuable learning experiences for MBA students," said Kenneth B. Dunn, Carnegie Mellon's business school dean. "We are very proud of our team for their impressive performance. They faced outstanding competition, and their success confirms the exceptional quality of our students and our program. This is why recruiters value our students' teamwork skills and the strong and immediate impact they have when solving complex business problems."

During the competition students analyze and work toward resolving a real-world business problem supplied by one of the tournament's corporate sponsors. Each team presents its recommendations to a panel of judges and the top three teams compete head-to-head. The cases normally focus on issues related to operations management, finance, marketing and strategy. This year's corporate sponsors included General Motors, Union Pacific, Johnson & Johnson and Eaton Corporation.

The Carnegie Mellon students on the winning team are Rob Griffin of State College, Pa., Madelyn Mullins of Moon Township, Pa., Ryan Osborn of North Judson, Ind., and Faraz Qureshi of Miami, Fla. The schools that competed in the event included Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, Cornell, IBMEC School of Business of Brazil, Indiana University, London Business School, Michigan State University, MIT, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University and Yale University.


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