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By Phillip Childress
Eller MBA ’14

Eller MBA team at GE case competition

The Eller MBA GE case competition team on the University of Texas campus (left to right): Alan Underwood, Therese Sebastian, Dipti Hingorani, and Mithun John.

Four Eller MBA students placed second at the General Electric Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Case Competition October 19 in Austin, Texas.

Mithun John, Dipti Hingorani, Therese Sebastian, and Alan Underwood narrowly missed first place while competing against the likes of the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, Emory University, and Southern Methodist University.

“The Eller MBA team was noted for having a stellar presentation and incredible teamwork, supporting each other in the presentation as well as during the Q&A,” said Full-Time MBA program manager Kristy Ruiz.  “Mithun John was chosen as a top presenter.”

The team was charged with developing an implementation strategy for a unique business model being considered by GE. Teams presented to a panel that included GE executives and other high-ranking GE officials.

Eller team captain John viewed the competition as a great networking and learning opportunity. “This was a unique experience in which we were able to network with GE officials and students from other top programs,” John said. “We learned how much we are capable of in these competitions against some of the other top schools in the country.”

This was the first time Eller was invited to the GE competition, but the Eller MBA team hopes to vie with other top programs going forward. Many programs have student organizations dedicated to developing the skills to tackle these cases.

“This was good exposure for Eller,” Sebastian said. “It was an invitational competition, which is significant for our program. We are already looking for other case competitions in order to increase our profile and receive more invitations.”

Underwood agreed that participation is the key to receiving more invitations and, ultimately, winning competitions. “We’re confident we will be invited back next year,” he said. “We are also researching hosting or partnering with another school for our own competition,” he said.Learn more the dynamic range of Eller MBA programs: Full-Time, Evening, and Executive.