Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition

2021 Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition

The Smeal College of Business is in its seventeenth year of integrating sustainability into its teaching, research, and outreach missions. The MBA sustainability case competition is one of its teaching initiatives.

The following teams were invited to Penn State for the Fifth Annual MBA Sustainability Case Competition to compete for first ($10,000), second ($5,000), and third place ($2,500) prizes.

  • University of Cincinnati - Linder College of Business
  • Michigan State University - Broad College of Business
  • Washington University of St. Louis - Olin Business School
  • Penn State University - Smeal College of Business (2 Teams)

The case this year—focused on Electronic Waste - As we know the consumption of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) continues to increase globally. Growing urbanization, mobility, and further industrialization around the world are leading to growing amounts of EEE and therefore e-waste. “E-waste”, “electronic waste”, “e-scrap” and “end-of-life electronics” are terms often used to describe used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded, donated, or given to a recycler.

Smeal College of Business in partnership with ACME Company as sponsors of the Fifth Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition.

Results Announcement of the 2021 MBA Sustainability Case Competition:

The University of Cincinnati won the $10,000 prize forfirst place. The Pennsylvania State University walked away with $5,000 for finishing second. The Washington University of St. Louis was awarded $2,500 for third place. The teams from the University of Arizona and Carnegie Mellon University were the finalists.

Portrait of the 2021 University of Cincinnati Case Competition Team.

First-Place Team

A student team from the University of Cincinnati - Linder College of Business earns first place at the 2021 Smeal College of Business MBA Sustainability Case Competition held on Nov. 19, 2021. From Left: Keyu Yan, Deylse Lawless, Megan Kurose, and Wilhelm Louw.

Portrait of the 2021 PSU Case Competition Team.

Second-Place Team

A student team from Penn State University - Smeal College of Business, earns second place at the 2021 Smeal College of Business MBA Sustainability Case Competition. Over eighteen universities and 28 students competed for a chance to present their cases virtually. From left: Natalie Stevens, John Weber, Marc Helms II, and Matthew Robles.

Portrait of the 2021 Washington University of St. Louis Case Competition Team.

Third-Place Team

A student team from the Washington University of St. Louis - Olin Business School earns third place at the 2021 Smeal College of Business MBA Sustainability Case Competition. The event was held virtually. From Left: Stephanie Goss, Livi Logan-Wood, Louise Albano-Hurley, Sophia Scott, and Jesse Gill.

For Further Information

Please email all questions to: smealsustainability@psu.edu