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NYU Students Earn First Place in Business Analytics Case Competition

A team of NYU students, including Andrew Hamlet (MBA ’16), Troy Manos (MBA ’16) and Zewei Liu and Yang Yang from the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, earned the top spot in the inaugural Iowa MBA Business Analytics Case Competition. Competing against students from 14 universities around the US, the NYU team worked on a case study to help hospital administrators reduce readmissions, which occur when patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days for the same reason as the initial stay. The team created a readmission risk assessment score for each patient, a guided user interface (GUI) for clinicians and a protocol for post-care recommendations.
 
Second-year MBA student Troy Manos attributed their first-place win in part to the preparation they received in class. “Stern has some of the best data science and analytics professors in the country. My team and I found the programming and data analysis techniques we learned in the classroom to be immensely valuable, but the most important skill we used was a method of thinking about data in a business context,” he said. “Stern teaches us how to use data to solve problems, and this competition was a great training ground to apply that thinking.”
 
For their win, the team was awarded $5,000 from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

 Iowa MBA Business Analytics Case Competition
Pictured from left to right: Dean Peter Henry, Troy Manos, Yang Yang, Zewei Liu, and Andrew Hamlet