Concordia students place first for the third consecutive year at the 2016 Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition.
Concordia's team placed first among 24 teams from 17 schools around the Midwest. Students Tom Dukatz '16, Zach Lipp '16, Philip Manley '17, and Rachel Swedin '16 represented Concordia along with their faculty advisor Dr. John Reber, associate professor of mathematics. This is the third year Concordia students have won the competition and the fourth year they have placed in the top three.
The Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) is in its fifth consecutive year. This year, the competition allowed teams of three to four students 24 hours to analyze data from Mayo Medical Laboratories and make business recommendations to representatives from the Mayo Clinic.
“The team really excelled at taking a complex, murky problem and distilling it down to a few key ideas. Once they did that they were able to explain their solution in an understandable and engaging way,” says Reber. “They put a lot of work into making sure that the non-data people could follow what they did, and they were one of the few groups to do that, and do it well.”
The teams provide a written summary of their findings and presented their solutions to pairs of judges in a succession of 15-minute poster presentations.