MBA Students Place Second in GE Case Competition

November 29, 2011 GE Case Competition

A team of Georgetown MBA students recently earned second place at the GE Case Competition Mid-Atlantic challenge, coming in one vote shy of winning the entire contest.

At the event, students were asked to help GE solve a real-life business challenge regarding innovation in Brazil.  The students selected to compete, after an on-campus selection challenge, were Taraneh Bastani, Darren Gao, Matthew Nielsten, Robert Papallo, and Li Zhang.  Alternates selected were Michael Henriod, Ema Kamara, and Oscar Vidal.  

“These students gave up countless hours to bring honor to the McDonough School and to extend our reputation among other important potential employers and elite business schools,” said Elaine Romanelli, senior associate dean for the Full-time MBA Program. “I am impressed and grateful.” 

The competition took place at the University of Virginia and consisted of two rounds.  First was an individual screening where participants had to pitch “Who you are, why you want to participate and what value you would bring to the team.” From there, 20 participants, including Georgetown, advanced to the group interview phase where participants were split into groups of five and received a problem to solve. When they presented their results to the panel, they were evaluated in the areas of contribution, teamwork, creativity, efficiency, and communication.  

-- Nikki Lyon