Elon wins Business Analytics Competition

A team of Martha and Spencer Love School of Business students won Manhattan College’s international competition involving analyzing data and presenting insights about New York’s energy consumption.

Graduation week for four members of the Elon Class of 2019 began with winning the international Business Analytics Competition hosted by Manhattan College’s O'Malley School of Business May 20-22.

The team of Fabio Brigagão ’19, Thomas Gow ’19, Carli Miller ’19 and Annik Westermann ’19 analyzed and visualized data about New York’s energy consumption, and presented insights and predictions regarding if the state could reach its goal of 70 percent renewable energy by 2030. The team was mentored by Assistant Professor Mostafa Mesgari.

Seventeen schools participated in the two-phase competition. During the second phase, teams were provided with additional questions and data and given approximately 20 hours to prepare and present their solutions to a judging panel of analytics practitioners.

"The competition allowed us to solve a real-world problem through utilizing techniques and lessons we learned in class,” Brigagão said. “A combination of analytics, project management and presentation skills were the key success factors of our work. This was by far one of the best learning experiences of my college career."

The event also featured a keynote address from Ali Mohammed, portfolio manager in the Digital Transformation Office at the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Mohammed partners with customers and business units in order to drive NYPA’s transformation to an end to end digital utility; one that leverages connectivity, big data, and analytics to improve business processes and gain actionable insights that inform decision making.