Undergraduate students take home second place in Deloitte Consulting’s Battle of Ohio

From left: Dan Easley, Charity Taylor, Trista Li and Rob Ahlman.

A team of undergraduates from Case Western Reserve University was the runner-up in Deloitte Consulting’s second “Battle of Ohio” Nov. 9 at the University of Dayton.

The competition was a weeklong business case competition involving 12 teams of undergraduates from seven schools across Ohio. The competition required students to analyze and propose strategic solutions to Apple’s supply chain challenges. Teams had one week to attack the case and then present their recommendations.

Case Western Reserve’s teams, competing in the Battle of Ohio for the first time, were composed of a diverse group of juniors and seniors.

The second place team was made up of Rob Ahlman, a junior aerospace engineering major; Dan Easley, a junior finance major; Trista Li, a senior studying economics and psychology; and Charity Taylor, a senior majoring in finance in international studies.

Another team, composed of Paul An, a senior finance and marketing major; Sidi Huang, a junior studying economics; Leo Li, a junior mechanical engineer; and Christine Yeh, a senior majoring in marketing and anthropology, were narrowly defeated in the preliminary round by the eventual winner of the competition.

Senior An was one of three students recognized by Deloitte as a top performer.