The winning Carey team named “Hoperator,” consisting of MS in Marketing program students Yetian (Trevor) Hu, Tianyue (Candice) Tang, and Tianhao Xu, finished the online simulation competition with a cash balance of more than $19 million. The third-place team, dubbed “Nimbler” and including Xuming Zhang (Global MBA) and Jiayang Li (MS in Marketing), finished at $17 million. All the other teams finished at $15 million or less.
Two other Carey teams participated in the competition as well. Team “y1s1:” Yigi Xu, Wenjuan Li, Rongqian Yao, and Xinyan Gong (all MS in Finance students) finished at no. 55; and Team "S4c:" Caleb Unni, Shang Liu, Shailesh Rishi, and Srinitya Duppanapudi-Satya (all Global MBA students), placed at no. 65.
“This competition is the ‘Olympics of Supply Chain Analytics,’“ said Tinglong Dai, associate professor of Operations Management and Business Analytics, lead instructor of the Operations Management curriculum, and the faculty adviser to Carey’s MIT Sloan Competition teams for the past six years. Dai worked intensely on practices and Q&A sessions with each team prior to the competition. “Our MBA and MS students have proven they are the top talents in supply chain and data analytics, in this challenging time that needs those skills more than ever. They are ready for the post-COVID world of supply chains and represent the spirit of Carey — we build for what's next,” he added.
In a congratulatory email to Dai, a simulation designer of the competition wrote, "Congratulations professor, to you, your students, and your school! This certainly speaks very well of the quality of the education at Johns Hopkins."
“Schools like MIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas, and Michigan Ross had dominated the no. 1 position for years, until our students finished no. 1 last year,” said Dai. “And, we just did it again.”