Mechanical engineering undergrad, teammate grab first place in Deloitte case competition

From left, Robinson Littrell, Deloitte senior manager and Vanderbilt alumnus Andrew Derr, and Ricardo Herrera. (Tim Grubbs/Vanderbilt University)

A mechanical engineering major and his teammate presented their solution for faster diagnosis of infectious disease and won first place in the inaugural Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Case Competition, sponsored by Deloitte Consulting.

Competitors received their mock cases on March 16, and on March 27, they presented their ideas to a panel of judges.

The top award went to Ricardo Herrera (ME’17) and Robinson Littrell, a third-year student majoring in corporate strategy and entrepreneurial development.

Deloitte’s “client” was the Agency for Infectious Disease Control, looking for ways to equip healthcare providers with an information-sharing platform that would allow them to input data about patients and receive feedback from around the world. The idea was to stop the next potential Ebola epidemic — or something similar.

Herrera and Littrell had to describe, in detail, the optimal platform, who they would hire to run it and how they would distribute it.


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