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Spears students compete in case competition

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OSU analytics' teams compete and win case competitions throughout the year. The first place team won $1,000 in October's contest. 

In October, Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics and Data Science held its annual case competition.

The first-place team was composed of first-year MS BAnDS students Joe Athimala Maria, Dania Crivelli, Ranjith Kumar Kuppu Rathinam and Jayke Ratliff. Second place team were also MS BAnDs students, Landrie Alsobrook, Kushal Kulshreshtha, Frankle Muchahary, Omkar Nayan Patade and Roger Tan. Third place also had a team of first-year MS BAnDs students, Muralidhar Ippili, Satishwar Kedas, Rishitha Koneru and Ray Litchfield.

Roe Djer Tan and Ray Litchfield were recognized with honorable mentions, for overall best presenter and overall best question and answers, respectively.

The internal competition asks students to solve a human resources analytics problem wanting to predict renege rates of potential hires. One week was given to the competitors to prepare and present a solution to the judges.

OSU alumni, who work in an array of industries, judged the preliminary round.

The judges based their decisions on the quality of the solution and of the presentation. The top three teams were selected to continue to the final round. Those three teams were given another week to make changes before their final presentation.

High level executives judged the final round. The judging panel included Ashley Gockstetter, director of customer strategy and analytics at Love’s Travel Stop; Brad Cost, president, CEO and owner of Infinedi; Michael Cliff, IT enterprise applications manager at ONE Gas and David Benham, principal data scientist and manager of innovation and data analytics at Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

The MS BAnDS students competing in the final round presented the same case. The judges ranked the presentations, with first-place winners receiving $250, second place $200, third place $150 and $50 for best presenter and best questions and answers.

Dania Crivelli, a member of the first-place team, said the competition helped her professional growth.

“This competition helped me to get out of my comfort zone by doing hard things,” said Crivelli. “I better understand how the technical skills of data analysis and business knowledge complement each other to deliver a result that helps solve a business problem.”

Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, MS BAnDS director, said case competitions provide great opportunities for students.

“The Business Analytics case competition is an integral part of MS BAnDS program,” Chakraborty said. “We teach our students to think and act like consultants.”

“Having students present to high-level judges from the industry helps students understand the big questions that senior managers struggle with every day,” Chakraborty said. “I am grateful for the judges who gave their time to this event and provided valuable feedback to each team.”

For information about the MS BAnDs program, please visit