Case Competitions

Case competitions are a great way to put MBA skills to work. Formats vary, but most competitions present a real-world business challenge to teams, giving them a finite period of time (sometimes weeks, sometimes less than 24 hours) to present their best analysis and recommendations in front of a panel of judges.

Dukes hosts its own competition — the annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition.

Duke teams also have a track record of successfully competing in national energy- and sustainability-related case competitions.

Case Competition Successes

2019 Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition
1st Place
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)

2019 Kellogg School of Management Energy Case Competition
2nd Place
Team: Veronica Cortes (MEM/MBA’20), Emily Davenport (MEM/MBA’20), Dexter Liu (MEM/MBA’19), and Alex Szerszen (MBA’19)

2018 Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition
3rd Place
Team: Elihu Dietz (MEM’18), Paige Swofford (MEM/MBA’18), Edgar Virguez (PhD’20), Colin Walker (MEM’18), and Jenna Weiner (MEM/MBA’19)

2018 UCLA Challenges in Energy Case Competition
2nd Place
Team: Zach Siegel (MBA’19), Soli Shin (MEM’18), Dexter Liu (MEM/MBA’19), Alex Szerszen (MBA’19), Leah Louis-Prescott (MEM’18)

2017 The Economist’s Which MBA? Energy Case Study Competition
“People’s Choice Award”
Team: Edgar Virguez (PhD’20), Colin Walker (MEM’18), Jenna Weiner (MEM/MBA’19)

2017 UCLA Challenges in Energy Case Competition
1st Place
Team: Paige Swofford (MEM/MBA’18), Liz Arnason (MEM/MBA’18), Mike DeNoia (MEM/MBA’18), Yochai Ben Haim (MBA’18)

2016 Renewable Energy Case Competition, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
2nd Place
Team: Dennis Bartlett (MEM/MBA’17), Heather Wiggins (MEM/MBA’17), Ted Herman (MEM/MBA’17), Ben Funderbunk (MBA’18), and Chris Kane (MBA’18)

2016 Fuels Institute Future of Transportation Case Competition
2nd Place

Team: Kate Buczek (MEM’16), Michael DeNoia (MEM/MBA’18), Eleanor Johnstone (MEM’17), Hoël Wiesner (MEM’17)

2015 Yale University Low-Carbon Portfolio Case Competition
1st Place
Team: Sidney McLaurin (MEM/MBA’17), Tripp Burwell (Duke MEM/UNC MBA’17), Sarah Hoyt (MEM/MBA’16), Xander Kent (MEM/MBA’16), Eric Smith (MEM/MBA’18)

2015 Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition
2nd Place
Team: Abdullah Al-Rashid (MBA’17), Ishita Anil (MBA’17), Bilal Shaikh (MBA’17), Heather Wiggins (MEM/MBA’17), Lynn Xia (MEM/MBA’17)

Student team, Renewable Energy Case Competition2014 Renewable Energy Case Competition, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
3rd Place
Team: Clayton Avent (MEM/MBA’15), Dan Chow (MEM/MBA’15), Josh Raycroft (MBA’16), Mattox Hall (MEM/MBA’16), Wenkai Sun (MBA’16)

2012 Renewable Energy Case Competition, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
3rd Place
Team: Jake Thomsen (MPP/MBA’13), Johnny Fu (MBA’13), Kent Truckor (MEM/MBA’13), Rotimi Thomas (MEM/MBA’13), and Tim Dertzbaugh (MEM/MBA’12)

2011 Renewable Energy Case Competition, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
3rd Place