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UTK Business Analytics Masters Students Participate in Senior Capstone

September 23, 2014

Second year masters students visit the Bush Brothers factory in Chestnut Hill, TN as part of their capstone project.

As part of the Masters in Business Analytics (MSBA) curriculum, all second year students participate in a senior capstone. Groups of students, in their last semester, tackle real-world problems with actual clients with the guidance of their capstone course professor and a faculty mentor. This year, Business Analytics Professor and Department Head, Dr. Chuck Noon is leading the students through their projects.

One company that has partnered with UTK’s MSBA program to provide a capstone project for the students is Bush Brothers. Based in Knoxville, Bush sells more beans that any other company in the United States. This year, a team of students consisting of Sam Kavkewitz, Bryan White, Jane Zheng, and Angela Scruggs are working with Amy Grover, a member of the Trade Marketing team for Bush. Mentored by Dr. Russell Zaretzki, the group is performing an analytics study of the price gap between Bush’s variety beans—chili beans, pinto beans and black beans—and the Private Label brand variety beans.

The group toured the Bush Brothers plant in Chestnut Hill, TN, the location of the founding of the company, on August 29th. They witnessed the canning process and the variety mix picking process among other processes in the plant.

Additional capstone projects range from providing insights for a loyalty program for an entertainment company to creating an optimization model for global enterprise to maximize utilization of ocean containers within intra-company freight moves while minimizing empty containers’ miles and cost. University of Tennessee Business Analytics masters students gain exposure to a broad range of projects, and the students graduate with the ability to solve a variety of problems, serving as valuable resources to their institutions.

Click here to learn more about the University of Tennessee Business Analytics Program.