Recently, a team of four Rice undergraduates, consisting of Amber Lo (â€˜17, Economics/Managerial Studies), Andrew Stefani (â€˜20, Mathematical Economic Analysis), Eric Pan (â€˜18, Materials Science and Nanoengineering), and Keanu Mitanga (â€˜18, Violin Performance), placed 2nd at the Harvard International Consulting Competition (HICC).
The 4th annual HICC was hosted by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA on April 22nd, 2017. The case competition brought together 24 teams from universities around the globe to showcase their problem-solving skills, meet employers, and learn from industry professionals. Contestants are given the opportunity to work in a real case simulation environment, develop analytical and quantitative skills, and present and receive feedback from a panel of judges including executives from a Fortune 500 company.
The team spent two weeks and over 163 total hours in preparation for the competition. When asked about their experience, members of the team credited a major part of their success to their prior experience in SOSC 444 (Applied Innovation Lab), where they worked as consultants for local non-profits and businesses over the course of a semester, as well as prior case competition experience.
While at the competition, the students noticed many of the competing groups were members of a larger consulting club at their schools, and that these clubs had been able to provide consistent real-world consulting experience and funding to their members.Â After realizing the value of a club like this could offer to the student body, they were inspired to further explore founding a similar organization at Rice University to provide an opportunity to develop consulting skills, and plan to launch the club in Fall 2017.