Whitman Team Takes First Place in Campus JPMorgan Chase Case Competition

Replacing PIN numbers with thumb print scans, incorporating social networking media into the corporate workplace, and adopting green technologies were among the ideas presented by enterprising Syracuse University students during the JPMorgan Chase Case Competition held Friday at Hinds Hall.

Four teams of four undergraduates from the Whitman School of Management, SU’s School of Information Studies (iSchool), The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS) competed in the daylong event. The teams selected from four topics: “Innovation in Financial Services,” “Going Green,” “Knowledge Transfer and Management” and “Privacy/Ethics in Information Usage.”

The student teams selected their topics Friday morning and spent the day researching, brainstorming, and creating and practicing their PowerPoint presentations. During 15-minute presentations, each team talked through a plan of action for the financial services giant about the problem and its solutions.

A panel of four judges from JPMorgan Chase questioned the teams about their presentations, often asking for more detail about the research the students conducted or for estimates of the costs and savings to the company.

The order of finish in the competition was:

· First place—Whitman School: senior Jocelyn Lederman, senior Harris Levinson, junior Nicole Quidley and junior Gary Stefanski, $1,750 prize;

· Second place—School of Information Studies: sophomore James Benninger, senior Andrew Kieffer, sophomore Mike Loiero and sophomore Maxine Shaw, $1,000 prize;

· Third place—College of Arts and Sciences: senior Chad Brooker, junior Lane Musgrave, senior Joonas Niiholm and senior Drew Sullivan, $500 prize;

· Fourth place—L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science: senior Peter Frey, senior Mike Lattar, junior Jeremy McCarthy and senior Gafei Szeto, $250 prize.