Whitman MBA Students to Assist Town with Proposed Sewer System


A team of MBA students from the Whitman School are working with the town of Cazenovia, a suburb about 30-minutes east of Syracuse, on a proposed sewer system around Cazenovia Lake.

The students - Patrick O'Leary, Dafra Sanou, Naixin Bi, Yi Xu and Ninaad Haarsole - will be assisting the town in the following months by conducting a survey with lakeside residents, gauging interest in the proposed sewer system.

The five students are currently collaborating with Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte and Project Engineer John Dunkle.

The project initially sparked the students’ interest as they considered the benefits of being exposed to the consulting, project management and analytics required for its execution. However, they soon realized that they would be getting a much richer reward from their involvement.

“After speaking with Ralph and John, we realized there was some additional goodwill associated with our involvement in this project. Although this project does provide us with practical and educational value, we also find it necessary to aid the local community surrounding Syracuse,” said MBA team leader Patrick O’Leary. “We visited the Town Hall recently, and spoke with various government officials. On our visit to the lake, its beauty just blew us all away. Up to this point, our interactions have been extremely pleasant, and we are looking forward to contributing our time and effort to the town of Cazenovia."

To learn more about the project and the student involvement, read the full story via the Cazenovia Republican.