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Michigan Tech Takes Second in Project Management Competition

On April 9th, two, four-person Michigan Tech teams traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan for A Project Management Collegiate Competition presented by The Project Management Institute, Western Michigan Chapter. Out of eight teams, Michigan Tech placed second, ousted only by Grand Valley State University for the top position. Other competitors from Aquinas College, Kalamazoo College, Davenport University, and University of Phoenix were also in attendance. The day was devoted to presentations, networking, and sharing knowledge about the future of project management.

“Our teams have been preparing over the past two semesters to present project management plans at the competition,” said Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management Dana Johnson. “Being able to use the skills and tools that students learned in class will help them prepare for their future careers.”

The student teams, along with their school, business, and PMP mentors, had to create a project management plan for a business seeking B Corporation certification. B Corps permits and protects businesses in making social and environmental decisions. Instead of being accountable only to shareholders, B Corps businesses must also consider their impact on employees, their community, and the environment.

Team A: Dani Revord, Drew Randall, Emily Jensen, and Sarah Zimmerman. This team was mentored by Ashley Livingston, PMP and Andrew Gill, PMP.

Michigan Tech’s Team A was composed of Davi Revord, Emily Jensen, Drew Randall, and Sarah Zimmerman. The A Team was mentored by Ashley Livingston, PMP and Andrew Gill, PMP. Team B was made up of Jane Koivisto, George Olszewski, Ashleigh Juday, and Samuel Eberhard and mentored by Jeff Hazy, MBA, PMP and Derek Mazurek, MBA, PMP.

“This was a wonderful experience for all of us, and we were very fortunate to place in the competition, meet our mentors, and socialize with the WMPMI board,” said Samuel Eberhard of Team B. “All of us are extremely happy we had the opportunity to compete in this competition , and we hope future Michigan Tech students take part in it.”

Team B: Samuel Eberhard, Jane Koivisto, Ashleigh Juday, and George Olszewski, Team B was mentored by Jeff Hazy, MBA, PMP and Derek Mazurek, MBA, PMP.

The event is the first collaboration between Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI), Universities, and West Michigan Business Leaders.

This trip was supported by the Michigan Tech Parents Fund and the Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute.


Operations and Systems Management Students to Compete in THE Project

THE Project provides Operations and Supply Chain Management experience for students.

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute is sponsoring a Collegiate Project Management Competition titled THE Project.  The competition officially kicked off in September with the forming of teams from several colleges and universities including, Michigan Technological University, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University.   Formally beginning in November and concluding in April, THE Project will serve as an intern-like opportunity in Project Management.

Operations and Systems Management and Management majors from Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics are participating and taking advantage of this unique opportunity in their area of study.  The purpose of THE Project is to develop young business leaders by partnering college students, community leaders/business mentors, and Project Management Professionals to competitively tackle a commonly shared business challenge. 

The competition is an opportunity for students to work on real life business challenges with a West Michigan Business Partner and Project Management Professional Mentor.   The students will be competing for financial reward, recognition, and a chance to develop career focused skills which will translate to career opportunities.  THE Project is a real world opportunity to showcase leadership and interpersonal skills. 

Dr. Dana Johnson, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, serves as the advisor to two teams of Michigan Tech students competing in THE Project.  When asked about the significance of the competition, Johnson noted, “Project Management is not a widespread undergraduate discipline.   The project management profession is rapidly growing, with many companies seeking undergraduates with project management skills.  We are pleased to give our students the opportunity to work with companies.  This will give them an edge when it comes to finding internships as undergraduates and employment opportunities upon their graduation.”

For additional information on this competition please visit www.theprojectpmi.com or www.wmpmi.org