BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A student research project designed to make
railroad shipments more efficient won first place in the second
annual DEAL (Display of Efforts, Aptitudes and Leadership) Expo, a
University at Buffalo School of Management event that showcases
Ryan Hauser of Lancaster took top honors and a $1,000 prize for
his project “Agent-Based Modeling of Railroad Classification
Yards,” for which he developed a set of rules for
classification yards that minimize delays throughout the entire
Second place and a $500 prize went to Wen Luo of Brooklyn for
his project, “Gambling on the Sun: Forecast Daily Solar
Energy with an Ensemble of Weather Models,” which highlighted
an algorithm he created to predict solar energy production.
Rohan Kapoor of North Babylon earned third place and a $250
prize for his work experience project about marketing and sales
tactics he used as a mobile consultant for Staples.
In addition, Kapoor nabbed another $250 prize and the Open House
Choice award, a special honor chosen by accepted students at the
university’s spring open house held March 29, the same day as
the DEAL Expo.
The DEAL Expo is a student-run poster contest that provides
undergraduate students in the School of Management the opportunity
to showcase their best research, class projects, internship
experiences and creative activities.
The top 10 projects will represent the School of Management in
the university-wide Celebration of Academic Excellence on April 23
in the UB Center for the Arts. The top 10 included projects on the
free annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program; an internship
experience at Will Foods; a successful investment strategy used in
the school’s student-run Terese Kelly Investment Group; and
proposal from the 2014 On Target Undergraduate Club Case
School of Management alumni, faculty and staff served as judges
for the competition. Alumni judges were Daniel Curry ’79,
vice president of marketing and sales, Color Communications Inc.;
Marc Adler, MBA ’82, CEL ’08, president, Why Not
Marketing LLC; and Katherine Pizzutelli ’13, a candidate in
M&T Bank’s Management Development Program. Faculty and
staff judges were G. Lawrence Sanders, PhD, professor of management
science and systems; and Carrie Gardner, administrative director,
Credit Bearing Internship Program.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its
programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates.
For more information about the UB School of Management, visit mgt.buffalo.edu.