A team of four Tepper School MBA candidates recently claimed top honors at the Deloitte MBA Supply Chain Challenge, besting groups from Penn State University, Ohio State University and the University of Tennessee in an intense two-day competition.
The event, held on Penn State’s campus on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, was the first annual Deloitte-sponsored challenge focused specifically on supply chain management.
“The final round at Penn State was challenging due to the time constraints and Deloitte's efforts to force you to think further by tweaking the story and adding curveballs midway into the case,” said team spokesperson Saurabh Khetan.
Khetan and his MBA '15 teammates — Tanya Singh, Kartik Malladi and David Macedonia — were assisted by faculty advisor professor Alan Scheller-Wolf for this particular competition, and received additional support from second-year Tepper School students. Representatives from Deloitte served as judges for the challenge, and presented the Tepper School team with a trophy and $5,000 cash prize at the conclusion of the event.
Case competitions give students the chance to flex classroom skills in real-world situations presented by major corporations. Although most case competitions are held during the fall months, the Deloitte event provided a valuable exercise for the Tepper School group in the middle of a long winter.
“The cases you’re given are real problems the company actually experienced,” said Khetan. “The opportunity to work on these problems nicely complements the MBA experience as a whole.”