Friday, May 25, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 2 -- The view from my desk

Excavation has begun. Did you know the current Undergrad building, which was built in the 1960s, was modeled after a  (then high-tech) computer punch card?

Workers cleared the way this week for excavation to begin on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

A lot of heavy machinery has been moving in and out, and for all of the work we've watched above ground, there's been just as much below the surface, as workers have to install temporary storm pipes, water pipes and sanitary pipes in addition to pulling telecom cables. Right now I'm watching them dig around and under a large pipe that runs under Fee Lane.

As with the excavation on the site for the Godfrey Center in 2000, the excavator (at the top of the hole in the photo) hit rock not too far down. This is Indiana, after all. The machine with the jack-hammer attachment (bottom left) has been pounding away at it for much of the day.

As we've watched the workers maneuver the machines this week, we've been impressed with how nimbly they work as a team. They move the buckets, claws, front loaders and backhoes with amazing agility and speed. A time-lapse of it would look like some kind of choreographed Broadway show.

I'm not sure what kind of vine is growing on the side of the building. We love its tree-like shape and enjoyed watching it turn a beautiful vivid red in the fall before losing its leaves. Anyone know what it might be?

Kelley offers dual degree with B-school in Croatia

Associate Dean Munirpallam Venkataramanan, Dean Dan Smith and their counterparts from the International Graduate Business School in Zagreb, Croatia.

Kelley School Dean Dan Smith signed an agreement this week for a dual-degree program with the International Graduate Business School - Zagreb.

Students who participate in the program will get an MBA from IGBS and an MS in Strategic Management from Kelley.

Kelley has partnered with the school since 2002, but this is the first time students will get a degree that says Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Associate Dean Munirpallam Venkataramanan (better known as "Venkat" at the Kelley School) joined Dean Dan for the announcement.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hodge Hall: The view from my desk

Week 1: Prep work includes blocking off Fee Lane and busting through the pavement.
I have a front-row seat to the expansion and renovation of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center.

The Office of Marketing and Communications is on the second floor of Kelley's Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center. The wall behind my desk is practically all window, which provides me the perfect place to see the progress of Hodge Hall just on the other side of Fee Lane.

This week we've been working to the machine-gun sounds of jack hammers and the "beep, beep, beep" of large construction equipment backing up. What happens out there reverberates in here. We've gotten so used to it that we only notice when it stops.

I'll be blogging each week about the construction as we build the future of Kelley. Please follow along and feel free to ask questions or leave ideas for blog entries in the comments, or email me at jsdonlon@indiana. edu. It's a great way for you to be part of this historic project -- without all the noise.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Kelley MBAs bring home Business Analytics win from Notre Dame

The MBA team of Rahul Gupta, Sam Singhania and Arpit Sharma won the
top prize at the IBM Business Analytics Case Competition at Notre Dame.

We've been on a roll with case competitions this spring. Adding to the list of wins is a group of  Kelley MBA students who won the IBM Business Analytics Case Competition at Notre Dame recently.
Rahul GuptaSam Singhania and Arpit Sharma, all second-year MBA candidates (now graduates!), brought home the top prize of $2,500. 

It was the first year for the competition, which was organized by the Business Analytics Club at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and sponsored by IBM.

The case was a real-world problem with associated data sets to be analyzed using IBM's SPSS software.

Singhania said the biggest challenge was understanding the data sets, two of which were from surveys that had more than 600 data fields and no numerical values.

"Another challenge was being able to link the findings from the three data sets in order to develop business insights and actionable recommendations," Singhania said. "This was because the three data sets addressed very different issues and relationships between them were not very intuitive."

Their written analysis earned the team a place in the top three and the opportunity to present their solutions in person to IBM representatives, who judged the team to be the best of competition. 

It's been a big year for business analytics at the Kelley School. The MBA Program announced a new Business Analytics major, and we established the Institute for Business Analytics, one of just a few such programs nationwide. Just this week, Kelley signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow to offer a year-long certificate program in business analytics to students in India.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grainger Case Competition gives Kelleys insight into supply chain challenges

Grainger Executives and 1st place team members, from left: Gary Scalzitti (Grainger), Tim Faley (Grainger), Ryan Goodman, Jaclyn Nelson, Gue Hee Park, Melissa Davis (Grainger), Annie Oler (Grainger), Kevin Henderson (Grainger), Eddie Espinosa (Grainger).  (Not pictured, but also on winning team: Grace Niu.)

Grainger Senior Planning Analyst Annie Oler,
talks with Kelley students participating in
case competition.

W.W. Grainger is one of the sponsors of the Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University, but it also sponsored another form of competition at IU during Little 5 week -- the second annual Grainger Case Competition for undergraduates at the Kelley School of Business.  

The case presented students with a strategic decision: Should Grainger restructure its global supply chain to return some manufacturing from the Far East back to the United States? A key factor in the decision is the high uncertainty of oil prices over the next number of years.

After a preliminary round judged  by Kelley faculty, six teams advanced to the final round, which was judged by Grainger executives. In addition to providing $5,000 in award money ($2,000 to the 1st place team), Grainger hosted a lunch reception with all student participants. The top spot was won by
Ryan Goodman, Jaclyn Nelson, Grace Niu and Gue Hee Park.

Kyle Cattani, associate professor of Operations and Decision Technologies and W.W. Grainger Faculty Fellow, was delighted to work with Grainger executives to develop the case and coordinate their visit.

“Grainger’s support of this case competition has provided an invaluable learning experience for our Kelley students and deepens the relationship between Kelley and Grainger," Cattani said.  "We hope to continue to place our graduates at this outstanding company.”