Introducing the 2014-2015 sMBA Cohort!

On August 18, the new MBA Sustainability cohort gathered for the first time to begin our weeklong orientation. We hit the ground running with a case competition, professional presentations, simulations and networking.

To start the week off, we did a team building activity. No one expected to be building with Legos in an MBA program, but that is exactly what we did. We had to design a new product and give an elevator pitch about it to the group.

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Vani, Jacob, Patrick, Elise and Gina work on their toy concept during orientation

We had many executive speakers from the Pittsburgh area, including Matt Mehalik from Sustainable Pittsburgh, Bill O’Rourke from ALCOA and Anita Brattina from All Facilities Group.

On Thursday, we broke up into groups for a case competition, a first for many students with backgrounds in liberal arts, science and engineering. Everyone enjoyed getting to know their group and working through a real world problem.

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Clare and Derek work on the case competition.

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Students used the new team rooms where the tables also serve as a writing surface

 

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Nayan, Phil and Gina discuss their team strategy for the case competition.

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Vani discusses the team’s strategy while Ronna makes notes for their team presentation.

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Caitlin, Liis and Catherine discuss their group presentation during the case competition.

After the case competition, we went outside to enjoy a barbecue and do a resource allocation simulation with Dr. Sroufe.

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Derek and Patrick discuss strategy for the resource allocation simulation.

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Caitlin, Zach and Catherine discuss their team’s strategy during the simulation.

 

We wrapped up an exciting week with an alumni panel featuring Dana McTighe, Alison Etheridge, Laura Troup, Ryan Baptiste, Steve Opar, Rudy Molero, and Nick Monzo. They shared their favorite MBA memories and talked about their preparation for roles in project management, purchasing, supply chain, finance, engineering and brand management with PNC, Heinz, BNY Mellon, FedEx, a healthcare provider and a social entrepreneur.

The various perspectives that each student brought made for interesting discussion throughout the week. There is a lot to learn in a short period, and everyone is excited to begin this exciting journey!

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