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2019 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management

October 23rd – 26th, 2019

Sheraton Philadelphia University City

3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 , USA

International Engineering Management Student Case Competition

ASEM 2019 IAC Schedule:

Friday October 25th - 7:30am - 4:45pm ET

        • Team Case Analysis: 7:30am - 12:30pm; Location TBD
        • Team Case Presentations: 1:00pm – 4:45 pm; Location TBD
        • Award Announcements: 6:30pm – 8:30 pm; Location TBD

Purpose of the Competition:

The award will be made annually to the team presentation judged to best represent a feasible solution to a relevant case study problem that incorporates the discipline of engineering management.

Competition / Case Study Overview:

The case study will represent a complex problem within the field of Engineering Management following the conference theme A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions.

Teams will be expected to evaluate the case study in order to accurately define the problem and communicate a recommended solution to applicable stakeholders based on their analysis.

Each team will make a presentation up to 20 minutes in length (with an additional five minutes dedicated for questions and answers) communicating their findings. Each team member will be required to participate in some portion of the presentation.

Team Composition:

Undergraduate Competition: Teams will consist of up to four full time undergraduate members from any university that grants an undergraduate degree in Engineering Management or equivalent. Graduate Competition: Teams will consist of up to four full OR part time graduate members from any university that grants a graduate degree in Engineering Management or equivalent.

Team member substitutions are allowed up until the day the engineering management case is handed out. If a team member drops out of the competition once the engineering management case has been received, the remaining team members can continue with the competition; if two or more members drop from competition the team is disqualified.

Judging Criteria:

Judges will view the presentations from a stakeholder’s perspective and will evaluate a team’s ability to clearly, concisely, and logically communicate:

1. An accurate description of the problem

2. Clearly defined / logical objectives

3. Creative solutions to the problem

4. A meaningful, reliable recommendation

5. A discussion of implementation plans / issues

Resources Available:

Reference material is limited to "A Guide to the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge" and "The Engineering Management Handbook" . During the competition teams may not use faculty advisor, internet, or other human assistance other than the competition coordinator located in the competition room. All electronic devices must be switch to airplane mode PRIOR to the start of the competition. Presentation templates must be loaded prior to the start of the competition and shown to the proctor at the start of the competition.

Suggestions for Presentations: 

Presentations should be conducted for the problem’s stakeholder / decision maker and not for the competition / conference attendees.

Each member will identify themselves, school, major, and their contributions to the group during the competition. Teams will create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint and will submit their presentations (via portable memory device) at the stated deadline in accordance with the competition schedule.

Suggested Questions to Assist Teams in Analyzing the Case: 

1. What information must the decision maker know if we only had one slide?

2. What is the problem?

3. What does the recommendation look like?

4. What information do we already know and have?

5. What information are we missing?

Registration Fees:

  • Student Case Competition Team of 4 student members PLUS advisor 1-day conference registration $1300
  • Student Case Competition Team of 4 student members PLUS one advisor for full conference registration $1500

More details for the 2019 competition are located here.

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