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Has your company considered applying smart business analytics solutions to solve existing business problems or cultivate new opportunities to improve performance? Do you want to see the application of descriptive, predictive, prescriptive or cognitive analytics, and a few smart cognitive apps that have been developed as a result of our students’ fresh, out-of-the-box thinking, creativity and hard work?

The Center for Business Analytics (CBA) at the Milgard School of Business hosts the Student-as-Adaptive Innovators - Applied Project Showcase at the completion of each academic year. Our Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) students utilize advanced strategic thinking, operational excellence, complex problem solving, creativity, and teamwork skills to tackle organizational challenges by co-creating value-added services over our twelve month program. The culmination of students’ hard work is  showcased through live demo/poster style sessions open to public viewing. Each team is represented and able to discuss the analytics methodology followed to co-create the digital solution, specifically highlighting the tools and techniques they used to discover, plan, develop and deploy their working prototype analytics solutions.

In last 3 years, students have worked with a diverse range of industry partners including: Boeing, CHI Franciscan Health, City of Tacoma, Columbia Bank, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, Costco Wholesale, Data Central US Corp., Delta Airlines, EDB of Tacoma, Harbor Wholesale Foods, IBM, Metro Parks of Tacoma, Metropolitan Appliance, Microsoft, Multicare Health System, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport WA, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Providence St. Joseph Health, Sound Credit Union, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership , Stellar Industrial Supply, Tacoma Power, Tacoma Public Schools, TCS World Travel, Turnover Intelligence, WA State Department of Natural Resources.

This year (During AY 19-20), two cohorts of 76 MSBA student consultants are working on 18 projects with 18 different companies including CHI Franciscan, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, Costco Whole Sale, Delta Air Lines INC., Harbor Wholesale Foods, Inc., IBM, Metropolitan Appliance, MultiCare Health System, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport, Point Defiance Zoo, Providence St Joseph Health, Sound Credit Union, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, Stellar Industrial Supply, Tacoma Power, Tacoma Public Schools, TCS World Travel, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Download the following pdf for more information about academic year 2019-20 projects: Coming Soon.

To ensure confidentiality, company specific information will not be shared. The showcase will specifically highlight methodologies, tools and techniques students used during their projects.

Previous Applied Project Showcases, Teams and Posters

Business Analytics Showcase - June 5, 2020 - 9 am - 2:30 pm


The Applied Project Showcase is open house style, where you may come as you are and arrive/leave anytime between 11:30am – 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

You are welcome to attend any of these items:

  1. 9:00 - 11:00 am - Student Project Presentations (open to public) (schedule will be available for the following 4 classrooms: TPS 201, TPS 301, Joy 210, JOY 211. Classroom map is in here
  2. 11:30 am – 12:15 pm - Poster Session in Tacoma Paper & Stationery (TPS) Building - Ground Floor
  3. 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm – Expert Panel Discussion "future of work & data analytics" in Carwein Auditorium
  4. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Poster Session continues in Tacoma Paper & Stationery (TPS) Building - Ground Floor

Please check in at the Global Innovation & Design Lab in TPS Building on the Ground Floor when you arrive.  We can assist you with finding classrooms for the presentations.  Leaders in the Center for Business Analytics will also be there to answer any questions you may have about submitting an Applied Project proposal for Academic Year 2020-21. 


Let’s co-create value! You are invited to benefit from a team of MSBA students working on an important, actionable project for your organization. Let’s work together on your complex problems and opportunities. There is no cost to you other than providing a problem or opportunity that needs to be addressed. Please consider submitting a proposal by June 8th, 2020. PROJECT PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS MAY BE VIEWED AND COMPLETED ONLINE HERE

more information about applied projects

Submit your 2-pager applied project proposal in here

If you have any questions related to the Applied Project Showcase event or Project Proposal Submission, please feel free to contact Michael Helser at