Winners of IBM critical thinking competition announced


The two winning teams in Binghamton University’s 2nd annual IBM Critical Thinking Competition were recently announced. The winning teams included Di Wu, Arpan Turakhia, Michael Castaldi, Younhee Kim, Itxaso Barrios, Marianna Lerman, Chiung Wen Chung, Yi Cai, David Fernandes and Ariel Sutain.

Sponsored by IBM, the competition brought together first-year master of business administration (MBA) students from the University’s School of Management for a test of their skills in the critical analysis and presentation of a business case.

Approximately 18 teams of MBA students were given a case to review and after a week of preparation, participated in first round judging, resulting in three teams moving forward to the final round. Each team presented their thoughts on a case titled “The Intel Pentium Chip Controversy” in a 15 minute presentation and a question and answer session to convince a panel of judges how Intel should have handled a real-life problem related to flaws in their product’s Pentium chip.

For the final round, a panel of judges was selected from the business community. The panel included Mark Mushalla, vice president and chief financial officer at William H. Lane; Thomas Murphy, treasurer and partner at Piaker & Lyons; Peter Newman, vice president at M&T Bank; Paul Zurawel, 2nd vice president of pricing and product development at Columbian Financial Group; Dan Babcock, president of Modern Marketing Concepts; Richard Bimmler, manager at IBM Corporation; Diane Diggelmann, director of enterprise services at IBM Global Services; Dawn Tew, manager at IBM Corporation; and Michael Gearing, manager at IBM Corporation.

In selecting the winning team, judges considered three factors in ranking the team presentations: content of the presentation, delivery and communication skills and how well the team handled follow-up questions. The winning teams were each awarded a $500 prize.

For more information about the IBM Critical Thinking Case Competition, contact John Barden at 607-777-6059.

Last Updated: 9/17/13