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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

UC MBA Team Wins Second Place and $5K at Duke Energy Competition

Monday, December 19, 2016 6:27 PM
Business team creates plan for Duke Energy customers to monitor and control energy consumption.

Three MBA students won second place —and $5,000—in the Duke Energy Inter-University Green Button Case Competition on April 12 at Miami University.

Known as the Smart Team, members Jioanna Polychroniou, Amy Cattrell, and Tiffany Abend created a new product for Duke Energy to implement the Green Button in an innovative and effective way.  

The Green Button is a national initiative for utility customers to have easy access to their electricity usage information so that they will reduce their energy usage. 

The Smart Team integrated a Smart Green Button Mobile App and a Smart Stat (Thermostat) with the Smart Grid and the Smart Web.  The proposal enabled consumers to monitor and control their energy consumption “real-time.”.  The Smart Team created a proposal that projected a potential savings of approximately 1 billion kilowatts by 2018. 

The six-month competition began in October with student teams from Indiana University, awarded first place, University of Cincinnati, second place, and Miami University, third place.    

Three UC teams competed and progressed through stage two of the three-stage competition.  The two runner up teams from UC included Nathan Bauer, Cavin DeJordy, Shaun Digan, Jia Liu, Monika Sugimoto, Partha Tripathy, Shayla Woods, Yichen Xu and Yingdong Zhang.