MEE students finish in Top 4 at Duke Energy Competition

Congratulations to Bansidhar Bandi, James Crompton, Martin Kohn, Ashwin Ravichandran and David Rodziewicz! These Mineral and Energy Economics MS students finished in the top four at the “Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition” Nov. 1 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. They beat several Ivy League schools to make it to the final round where they competed against Johns Hopkins (first place), Washington University at St. Louis (second place), and Carnegie Mellon (third place).

The group said, “The competition was a spectacular learning experience. We're glad that we could put Mines on the map."

The event was part of Energy Week at Duke University. The competition “engages diverse and creative teams to address real energy challenges affecting the developing world. The one-day competition connects students, academia, and industry in pursuit of unconventional business-based solutions that expose unrecognized opportunities with positive social and environmental impact. Showcasing analytical and presentation skills, future leaders in the energy industry can demonstrate their global mindset, innovative thinking, and passion.” The challenge examines the changes taking place in Cuba’s energy landscape. Teams will present their solution to a panel of industry leaders and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

Approximately 30 submissions from schools across the world were received. Of these 30 institutions, 12 were selected to attend the final round at Duke. Our Mines MEE students are among an elite group – other schools competing in the final round include Columbia, Duke, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Cornell, UNC Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and Yale.

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Photo: Mineral and Energy Economics MS students James Crompton, Ashwin Ravichandran, Bansidhar Bandi, David Rodziewicz and Martin Kohn.

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