Cal Poly Information Systems Students Take Second at Ernst & Young Case Competition

EY Beam Abroad 2015A team of information systems students from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business took second in the regional phase of Ernst & Young’s Beam Abroad Case Competition in Los Angeles. Cal Poly competed against teams from UC Berkley, Brigham Young University, Santa Clara University, USC and the University of Washington, which won the competition.

The team included information systems students Nathan Miner, Alec Toppenberg, Melanie Tsoi and Emily Wong with finance student Kenton Assadi. Competing under the name “Team MAST,” the students presented findings on a case developed by EY professionals in its advisory and risk practices. Teams worked with an EY mentor as they identified the case’s potential risk, provided control recommendations a client could implement, and defended its rationale.

Team MAST won the opportunity to represent Cal Poly after taking first in an on-campus competition in March.

Last year, Cal Poly won EY’s regional Beam Abroad Case Competition and advanced to the national competition in San Francisco.