Few experiences require MBA students to think on their feet like business school case competitions. Though formats vary, these competitions usually require a combination of quantitative analysis and strategic analysis—often under a tight time deadline—and typically culminate with a formal in-person presentation in front of judges, other MBAs, and industry experts.
Duke University teams had another banner year in energy-related case competitions during the Spring 2019 semester, taking 1st and 2nd place in two prestigious competitions.
1st Place Win – Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition
Team: Veronica Cortes (MEM/MBA’20), Emily Davenport (MEM/MBA’20), Dexter Liu (MEM/MBA’19), Mike Penansky (MBA/MPP’20), and Alex Szerszen (MBA’19)
Finals: February 7, 2019
Prize: 1st place, $2,500
Topic: The team developed a plan to meet the generation needs of an aerospace testing facility that improved their reliability and lowered their energy bill.
2nd Place Win – Kellogg School of Management Energy Case Competition
Team: Veronica Cortes (MEM/MBA’20), Emily Davenport (MEM/MBA’20), Dexter Liu (MEM/MBA’19), and Alex Szerszen (MBA’19)
Finals: April 6, 2019
Prize: 2nd place, $2,000
Topic: The team was asked to provide a bid price for an island-nation’s utility company and develop a 20-year commissioning plan to ensure resiliency, meet new renewable portfolio standards, and transform the island’s economy.
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