Concordia Data Analytics Team Wins Competition

Concordia’s data analytics team took first place at the 2014 Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition at Winona (Minn.) State University.

Team members are Bryce Frentz ’14, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Megan Menth ’14, Hutchinson, Minn.; Erin Twohy ’14, St. Cloud, Minn.; and Tom Dukatz ’16, Eagan, Minn.

The team, coached by Dr. John Reber, assistant professor of mathematics, competed against a total of 23 teams from 14 schools including Carleton, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Iowa State and University Wisconsin-Madison.

The team received sales and economic data from a construction and manufacturing supply company, Fastenal. Team members had 24 hours to analyze the data and make business recommendations to a group of Fastenal representatives.

Each team presented a solution in a two-page written report and an eight-minute oral presentation. This year’s problem involved forecasting time series data.

This is the third year of the competition