Two teams delivered the results of their semester-long business analytics study to an appreciative client during the recent Business Analytics Practicum Showcase.
1st row: Narin Smith, full-time MBA; Michael Veal, full-time MBA; Jinlin (Leo) Ye, MSA; Imon Ghosh, full-time MBA; and Davis King, full-time MBA. 2nd row: Professor Jonathan Fan; Karie-Davis Nozemack, associate dean for academic programs (interim); Jia Jen Ho, full-time MBA; Shaojun Zhang, MSA; Gabriel Allen, Evening MBA; Phil Johnston, Evening MBA; and Joseph Longley, Evening MBA.
Professor Jonathan Fan guided the class through their efforts to transform data into viable business solutions.
"In my years of teaching, this cohort truly stood out for their remarkable insights and understanding,” said Fan. “Their ability to delve into complex subjects and emerge with not only clear, comprehensible findings but also innovative perspectives was impressive. What made this group unique was their collaborative spirit and the way they challenged each other to think deeper, leading to some truly enlightening discussions and outcomes. They tackled tough topics with ease and came up with fresh, interesting ideas.”
After the presentations, the students remained in the classroom for more than an hour, discussing their insights with client representatives, Professor Fan, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs (interim) Karie-Davis Nozemack, who helped administer the class. The students were vocal in their appreciation of the experience:
“This was the perfect ending to my MBA,” said Phil Johnston, an Evening MBA graduating this December. “It brought home the power of data to tell the story. When my intuition strongly told me one answer, the data proved me wrong.”
“This class confirmed my belief that I picked the right profession,” said Narin Smith, full-time MBA.
“We saw the effectiveness of the data tools we utilized,” said Jinlin (Leo) Ye, MSA. “But, we also learned how important it is to tell the story of the data and the power of teamwork.”
“Great opportunity to work with some cool data,” summed up Michael Veal, full-time MBA. “Professor Fan did a great job guiding us along the way while letting us wrestle with the data and come to our own conclusions.”