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MS BAnDS team places 2nd at national case competition

Friday, February 2, 2024

MS BAnDS team

A team of MS BAnDS students placed 2nd at the annual University of South Carolina Big Data Health Case Competition. Pictured left to right Roe Djer Tan, Shreyan Datta Chakraborty, Frankle Muchahary and Ritwik Roy Chowdhury.


A team of four students from the Master’s in Business Analytics and Data Science (MS BAnDS) program bested 29 other teams to take home 2nd place at the University of South Carolina’s Big Data Health Science Student Case Competition.


A total of 31 teams from across the country competed over the three-day competition, Jan. 26-28. The competition provides the opportunity for graduate or senior undergraduate students to apply their knowledge and skills to the analysis of big datasets in healthcare. OSU’s 2nd place team consisted of Roe Djer Tan, Shreyan Datta Chakraborty, Frankle Muchahary and Ritwik Roy Chowdhury.


"We are all absolutely elated to have secured 2nd place in this highly reputed national case competition,” Muchahary said. “This achievement is a testament to the rich and diverse learning experiences we've encountered in our program over the last year and a half. We're also very grateful for the experience and the practical lessons learned about data-driven problem-solving throughout this competition."


Participating teams were given the same business problem, datasets and access to software to solve a challenging problem using a data analytics approach. Teams were assigned the problem on the first day of competition and given 24 hours to devise a solution, create a presentation and finalize an executive summary.


After the first round of competition, the field was narrowed to nine teams, who then presented in the final round of competition. Each team presented their methods and analysis results to a panel of industry and academic experts who judged the presentations based on teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building, and innovation.


I am delighted with the performance of the MS BAnDS students in this prestigious national competition,” said Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, director of the MS BAnDS program. “This is the second time in the last five years that we have placed in the top-three and it is a testament of our students’ skills and abilities and the dedication of our faculty in educating them.”


The Big Data Health Science Student Case Competition is an invaluable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience that tests their analytical, teamwork, communication, and presentation skills in order to build a talent pipeline in big data health science.


“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our program director, Dr. Chakraborty, for giving us the opportunity to participate in this prestigious national competition,” Tan said. “It has significantly broadened our knowledge and deepened our understanding of real-world applications. This experience has been instrumental in allowing us to apply the theories we've learned in our course to practical scenarios, preparing us for our future career."


For more information about the Master’s in Business Analytics and Data Science program at OSU, visit the website.

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