IIT Student Team Wins APICS Chicago Case Competition

The IIT 2012 Team: (front row) Swathi Navalpakkam Satyanarayana, Xiyao Zhao, (back row) Jorge Muriana, Karl Rouze, and Jesus Muniz.

Five students from the Industrial Technology and Management (INTM) Program took first place in the 2012 Chicago Case Competition hosted by The Association for Operations Management (APICS) in October. This was the fourth annual competition and the fourth time that the IIT team has won. The students were among four teams from different universities who presented case solutions to a panel of industry judges. The INTM team will now represent IIT at the regional APICS Great Lakes Case Competition in February 2013 where they will compete against more than 20 universities from the Midwest.

This competition is based on case studies illustrating how industry and business professionals plan for the future. The teams look at questions such as– when does the future start, what will the future look like, what preparations should be made, and when should those preparations be implemented? This year’s teams were given the case of a lip balm company, and asked to analyze its prospects for growth, focusing on international expansion and overseas distribution over the next ten years.

The IIT APICS Student Chapter holds meetings each semester and features guest speakers from APICS. All IIT students are encouraged to join and participate.