Georgia Tech MBA students performed impressively in recent national contests: Net Impact’s Project Pyramid Case Competition and the National Association of Women MBAs' (NAWMBA) Case Competition.
At the 2007 Net Impact Conference held at Vanderbilt University, a team of five Tech students placed second in the Project Pyramid Case Competition. Ten teams made the finals of the competition, in which they devised solutions to poverty-related conditions in society. Georgia Tech beat all U.S. schools represented, including the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Duke University's Fuqua School. York University of Canada placed first.
Georgia Tech's team included Ian Campbell, Mike Greene, Tanveer Khanijoun, Laura Klein, and Benjamin Lukens, who are members of the school's Net Impact chapter. With more than 10,000 members in 99 countries, Net Impact is an international network of graduate students and young professionals using the power of business to effect positive economic, environmental, and social change.
Another team of five Georgia Tech MBA students placed third in the first-annual NAWMBA Competition, held at the University of Maryland. Teams from prestigious business schools around the country competed to solve a real-world business challenge of the corporate sponsor, Hilti Corporation. Georgia Tech's team, called the "Queen Bees," included Julia Lindgren, Kelly Lindquist, Lara Nguyen, Erin Quinn, and Catherine Rhinehart.
College of Management Dean Steve Salbu says that Georgia Tech's showing in these competitions was particularly impressive given the small size of the school's MBA program. "With far fewer students from which to establish teams, our students nonetheless achieved great things at these events and surpassed the performance of many of the world's leading business schools," he says.
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