Results are in for the third annual Analytics Master Modeler Competition hosted by the Business Analytics Center at the Scheller College of Business and sponsored by Amazon.com.
Earning first place and the $10,000 grand prize was Team Blue Ocean 12 with team captain German Schnaidt-Grez (PhD Cand. IE 2019), and Nermit Chetwani (MS Analytics 2018). This year's business analytics challenge featured real-world supply chain analytics and asked teams to attempt to improve on-time performance using weather and other localized data.
Second place team was Gradient Descent with team captain Jeh Lockhande (MS Analytics 2018), and team members Arora Mansi (MS Analytics 2018), and Nabila Usmani (MS Analytics 2018). While third place went to Once & Future Champions with team captain Michael Behrens (MBA 2019), and team members Nicole de Vries (MSA 2018), James Jolly III (MBA 2019), Ben Perkins (MBA/MSA 2018), and Sara Winkle (MBA 2019).
Fierce competition marked the entire contest, with fourteen teams submitting first-round proposals. Seven teams were then selected by a panel of judges to proceed to the final round. "The Master Modeler Competition has been a great way to see how the innovative minds from Georgia Tech solve problems," added Amazon Supply Chain Data Scientist and Georgia Tech Scheller College alum Paul Stroup (MBA 2010).
The competition culminated with live presentations from the finalist teams Thursday, March 29, at Scheller College of Business with Amazon representatives, faculty, and members of the Business Analytics Center Executive Council serving as judges for the team presentations. "A big thank you goes out to Amazon, our sponsoring company, and all of the faculty and industry analytics leaders who helped ensure a great competition this year," said Keith Werle, Managing Director of the Business Analytics Center at Scheller College of Business. "Not only was it fun and very challenging for our students, but this competition provided a hands-on opportunity for our students to stretch their analytics knowledge and experience to develop innovative approaches to a real-world business problem. These challenges help galvanize the classroom and experiential learning we provide here in Scheller College's business analytics programs."
About the Business Analytics Center at Scheller College
The Business Analytics Center serves as a platform for business analytics efforts, bringing together organizations, analytics thought leaders, talented students and a world-class, interdisciplinary faculty at Georgia Tech to educate and exchange best practices for applying analytics to solve business problems.