SCU's MBAs place 1st in international competition

MBA students are #1 in IFAMA World Competition

A team of Santa Clara MBA students took first place in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Student Case Competition on June 19.

Twenty-two teams competed from universities across the globe. Each team was given 8 hours to analyze a case and provide their solution to the business problem. SCU’s case asked team members to evaluate growth opportunities for the Italian tomato processing firm, Mutti.

MBA students Michael Billikopf, Tina Cosentino, Alvin Chen, Ngoc Dao Ngo, and Zach Wise, were mentored by Food and Agribusiness faculty, staff, and alumni. Those advisors included Michael Enos, Erika French-Arnold, Mike Harwood, and Mahbod Parvar, as well as Institute Director Greg Baker. Take a look at the video from the competition »

MBA's non-profit recognized by Clinton Global Initative

Alejandro Garcia, 2013 MBA candidate, was recognized recently by the Clinton Global Initiative University for his work with Math Multipliers, a non-profit for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Garcia, who will graduate from the MBA program in June, founded Math Multipliers to improve math education and inspire youngsters to achieve their dreams. The project began in Garcia's native Dominican Republic, and aims to benefit millions of students worldwide in STEM topics. Volunteers train high school students for math competitions, and these students then "pay-it-forward" by tutoring students in their communities.

"Starting this project was a main driver for pursuing my MBA," said Garcia. "Thus I would like to thank our Leavey School of Business for the ongoing support, and especially the faculty, who have positively influenced me and helped me turn my ideas and leadership aspirations into concrete actions." 

Alejandro Garcia, 2013 MBA candidate In photo, Alejandro Garcia (left) with Kumar Garg, White House senior advisor for science and technology