Students place first at Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition

Congratulations to MSUM students Eric Honebrink (Economics), Thierry Oke (Computer Science), Jacob Pawlowski (Actuarial Science), and Gabriel Wilberscheid (Computer Science), who received the first place award at MUDAC 2020! Each student will receive $150 in prize money.

The Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) is a rigorous and prestigious competition hosted this year by Minnesota State University Mankato, but participated in completely online March 28-29 this year due to COVID restrictions. The competition brought together over 30 teams from colleges and universities around the Midwest. The teams work together to solve a complex data challenge related to a specific data set and judged by both university faculty and industry professionals. This year’s data was provided by Thomson Reuters. MUDAC is a 24-hour competition meant to enhance the education of undergraduate students by showcasing their analytical talent and development. MSUM had one team participate this year and they were advised/coached by Dr. Kristofer Schlieper in Computer Science and Information Systems and by Dr. Hongyan Hou in Mathematics.