December 4, 2012
UW-Eau Claire team places fourth in Travelers case competition
(from l to r): See Vue, Nathan Hamann, Dr. Thomas Hilton, Scott Voermans, and Julie Sullivan
A team of four information systems students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire placed fourth in the 2012 Travelers IT Case Competition held November 9, 2012, at Travelers corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN, and Hartford, CT.
UW-Eau Claire was among six schools invited to compete at the event which included Central Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, Robert Morris University, University of Connecticut, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Students competing for UW-Eau Claire were Nathan Hamann, a junior systems development IS major from Bloomington, MN; Julie Sullivan, a senior business analysis IS major from Minnetonka, MN; Scott Voermans, a junior business analysis IS major from Roseville, MN; and See Vue, a senior systems development IS major from Holmen, WI. Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the Department of Information Systems, was the faculty sponsor for the team.
The case study asked student teams to act as consultants for Travelers and offer technical solutions to a real business problem the company faces. Students were responsible for the research and content of their presentation; school sponsors were not allowed to provide input.
On the day of the competition, each team made a 30-minute presentation of their recommendations to a 6-person panel of senior managers from Travelers. When students weren’t presenting, they networked with Travelers employees, learned about internship and full-time positions, and participated in other IT and career-related events.
First place and a prize of $1,200 went to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The University of Connecticut placed second and was awarded $500. Quinnipiac University finished in third place and received $300.
“I was very proud of our team: they weren’t perfect, but all were first-timers and did great in that context,” said Hilton. “Most impressively, they knew an opportunity when they saw one, and they capitalized on it. None of them had ever been to a major corporate headquarters before, so the experience was invaluable for them.”