MS BAnDS students from Spears Business take part in case competition

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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Oklahoma State University’s master’s degree in Business Analytics and Data Science held its annual case competition in October.

This year’s winning team were MS BAnDs freshmen Joe Athimala Maria, Dania Crivelli, Ranjith Kumar Kuppu Rathinam and Jayke Ratliff. The runner-up winners of the competition were Landrie Alsobrook, Kushal Kulshreshtha, Frankle Muchahary, Omkar Nayan Patade and Roger Tan, all of whom are MS BAnDs first year students. In third place and also MS BAnDs freshmen were Muralidhar Ippili, Satishwar Kedas, Rishitha Koneru and Ray Litchfield.

Honorable mentions were also given to overall best presenter, Roe Djer Tan, and overall best Q&A, Ray Litchfield.

In this internal competition, students were asked to solve a workforce analysis problem to predict churn rates of potential hires. The teams had one week to come up with a strategy to present to the jury.

In the preliminary round, all students competed against each other and were evaluated by a panel of OSU alumni who currently work in different industries.

The competition was judged on both the quality of the solution and the quality of the presentation. The jury selected the three best teams for the final round. The advancing teams were given an extra week to refine their presentations and make any changes they felt necessary before their final presentation.

The final round was judged by senior executives. This jury consisted of Ashley Gockstetter, Director of Customer Strategy and Analytics at Love’s Travel Stop; Brad Cost, President, CEO and owner of Infinedi; Michael Cliff, IT Enterprise Applications Manager at ONE Gas, and David Benham, Senior Data Scientist and Manager of Innovation and Data Analytics at Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

The MS BAnDS students participating in this round were asked to present the same case. The jury evaluated the three teams. First place winners received $250, second place winners received $200, third place winners received $150 and $50 for best presenter and best Q&A.

“This competition helped me get out of my comfort zone by doing tough things,” said Dania Crivelli, a member of the first-place team. “I better understand how the technical skills of data analysis and business knowledge complement each other to deliver a result that helps solve a business problem.”

dr Goutam Chakraborty, director of MS BAnDS, believes that the fall competitions offer great opportunities for students.

“The Business Analytics Case Competition is an integral part of the MS BAnDS program,” said Chakraborty. “We teach our students to think and act like consultants.”

“Having students present in front of high-level industry judges helps students understand the big questions leaders face every day,” said Chakraborty. “I am grateful to the judges who dedicated their time to this event and provided valuable feedback to each team.”

Information on the MS BAnDs program can be found at


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