Students Place Second at Battle of the Beltway Case Competition

February 24, 2010 Battle of the Beltway

A team of undergraduate students in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service placed second at the inaugural Battle of the Beltway Federal Consulting Case Competition, sponsored by Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice.

The team, consisting of juniors David Alvarado and Meghan McCormick from the McDonough School of Business and Peter Nesbitt and Kate Taylor from the Walsh School of Foreign Service, competed against students from three other D.C. area schools: American University, The George Washington University, and Howard University.

The competition featured a current Deloitte Consulting Federal Practice engagement related to the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-speed rail grant program. During the finals, held Jan. 21-22, the teams were given 15 minutes to present their cases to a panel of judges made up of three Deloitte representatives.

“We all brought unique knowledge and experiences to the table that really helped us prepare for the case,” says McCormick, a finance major. “We spent most of our time uncovering what the true issue was and then developing a streamlined approach to combat it. We all love to think on our feet, so we just wanted to be comfortable enough with the slides and our material — we did not want it to sound scripted and we were excited for the questioning.”

A total of 12 teams participated in the Battle of the Beltway Federal Consulting Case Competition. All three Georgetown teams were coached and mentored by Professor Jeffrey Macher and sponsored by the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program Office.

“In this competition, we learned what it takes to do well in the ‘real world’ as well as against our peers at other schools” says McCormick. “I think most of all we learned how much we love doing this kind of work.”

Students pictured, left to right: Kate Taylor, Peter Nesbitt, David Alvarado, and Meghan McCormick.
Photo by Julie Ann Woodford