SMC Students Take First Place Poster Award at the Business Analytics Competition

The Business Analytics Poster Team: From left: Tristin Arce ’19; Ameera Ibrahim, assistant professor of Business Analytics; Noha Elfiky, assistant professor of Business Analytics; Marielle Bernabe ’19; Claire Rogers ’19; Srikar Penumaka ’20.Saint Mary’s team of four undergraduate students won the First-Place Poster Award at the Fifth Annual Business Analytics Competition & Conference at Manhattan College (BAC@MC), a Lasallian sister institution. This is Saint Mary’s second year participating.

Seventeen teams presented their work this year in New York, including 15 national and two international teams. Each worked with real data on a real-life problem, analyzing and optimizing New York State’s goal to reach 50 percent renewable energy reliance by 2030 to meet N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan.

SMC’s Business Analytics students Tristin Arce '19Marielle Bernabe ’19Srikar Penumaka ’20, and Claire Rogers ’19 won first place with their poster, Empowering the Empire State.

“This award, and the poster that you see in the photo, is a result of so many days (and nights and weekends) of dedicated work since last February,” said Ameera Ibrahim, assistant professor in the Department of Business Analytics and the team’s faculty advisor. “My colleague Noha Elfiky and I had the pleasure of advising and coaching our team this year, and we can’t be more proud. Their hard work and dedication are impressive.

"The work that our team did is exceptional,” Ibrahim continued. “The data this year was challenging, and analyzing it required a lot of work and research. I am very pleased with their performance! My most rewarding moment was when one of the students said that she’s so glad she was able to apply what she has learned in the past four years at this competition."

Every spring, The O'Malley School of Business hosts the BAC@MC, which allows undergraduate students studying Business Analytics and related fields to apply their knowledge and skills. Competing teams participate in various levels of decision making test their abilities to analyze relevant data to draw business insight regarding a problem.

Ibrahim offered thanks to the SMC faculty: “Obviously, you all are doing an amazing job teaching and shaping our students, thank you! Many thanks to those of you who granted the students an extension or rescheduled their final exam. Thanks a lot Sarah Vital for proctoring my final exams while I was away. And very special thanks to Interim Dean Yung-Jae Lee, Larisa Genin, Kathy Warren, and Mary Alice McNeil for their amazing support to make this happen.”