Nextrio, the Tucson-based IT company founded by Eller Executive MBA alumna Cristie Street, approached faculty in the Business Communication and the MIS master’s programs to sponsor a case competition. The Network Design Case Competition was conducted in conjunction with a business workshop for local businesses in November. Students were broken into teams and given a complex business problem.
The student teams were required to form a solution to the problem, and present their results to a judging panel of local professionals. “We were asked to provide a solution of networking architecture for Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, including all the wired network, software, hardware,” said Mengwen Chen, who, along with Mark Grimes, Naren Sulur, Surya Munukutla, and Steve Loitz, was on the winning team.
“We provided a solution that not only satisfied the clients’ needs but also brought them added value,” Chen said. The most important lesson learned from this case competition was teamwork: “I learned that all members in the group have to cooperate well to win.”