Today, a select group of MEM students from Northwestern, MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, and Dartmouth will cross school boundaries to form five teams competing in the first ever MEMPC business simulation. NUMEM alumni Antonio Zarza (MEM ’12) and Felipe Saavedra (MEM ’11) first proposed the idea last year with hopes of strengthening the MEMPC network.
Their vision and hard work takes form in a four week long competition. The five teams will run a simulated company, making decisions as a team and competing over multiple iterations simulating a multi-year span of time. Teammates will meet and communicate virtually using the collaboration tool of their choice. The simulation is provided courtesy of the MEMPC, Interpretive Simulations, and Prisim Business War Games (co-owned by NUMEM Professors Jeff Lefebvre and Dave Semb), who will be facilitating the process. The competition runs until March 11 and each member of the winning team will receive a Nexus 7 Wifi Tablet.
Keep reading to find out more about the five Northwestern students who have been nominated to represent NUMEM in the inaugural competition!
Brian Vaughn is a Professional Engineer with 10 years of electrical engineering experience specializing in instrumentation and control engineering. His experience has spanned a variety of different industries including Manufacturing, Airlines, Oilfield Services, Utility Distribution, Nuclear Power, and Building Automation. He is currently a Technical Project Manager for the new IntelliCommand platform at Jones Lang LaSalle, applying analytics to building data to identify opportunities for improvement in real time.
Felipe Saavedra finished the MEM program last December on a full scholarship through from the Becas Chile, which attempts to create advanced human capital abroad. He has goals to help make the world function more effectively, sees managing engineers as integral in companies with an eye to future success.
Zeeshan Shah completed his undergraduate degree in computer science from SZABIST, Karachi Pakistan. He worked as an SAP Consultant through Siemens & IBM with clients in different countries and industries for over six years. During this course of time, he also completed an MBA from SZABIST, Karachi. He is now working as an SAP solution architect for Colgate Palmolive Pakistan.
James Du started the MEM program last fall. His degree is in mechanical engineering and he was a member of the Illini Motorsports Formula SAE team and loves cars.
Ignacio Lopez (not pictured) finished his studies as a Mechanical Engineer in the Polytechnic University in Madrid (Spain), however, his whole professional background is related to civil engineering. In the beginning he worked as a Project Engineer in Empresarios Agrupados generating technical documents for combined cycle power plants. Two years later, he changed to Freyssinet, a firm involved in national and international construction projects related to post-tensioning and stay cables systems. There, he worked for one year as a Product Engineer in the Sales Department and four more years as a Project Engineer in the Technical Department.