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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, Regional Healthcare Organization, 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, Hyundai Capital of America.

This year (During AY 19-20), two cohorts of 76 MSBA student consultants are working on 19 projects with 19 different companies including CHI Franciscan, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, Costco Whole Sale, Delta Air Lines INC., Harbor Wholesale Foods, Inc., IBM, Metropolitan Appliance, Regional Healthcare Organization, 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, Hyundai Capital of America.

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

MSBA Applied Project Showcase - June 5, 2020 - 9 am - 2:00 pm

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This year due to Covid-19, we will hold our 3rd Annual MSBA Applied Project Showcase via the Zoom platform. It promises to be just as engaging and informative as our previous in-person events. We hope that you join us. More details about how to attend as well as the schedule of presentations will be sent to you shortly after you have registered. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Here's the preliminary schedule for the Showcase. More details will be provided on this website shortly.

  1. 9:00 am - 11:00 am - MSBA Student Project Presentations
  2. 11:00 am -11:30 am - Information Session on the Milgard School of Business, MSBA Program, Submitting an Applied Project Proposal and the Milgard Center for Business Analytics
  3. 11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Lunch Break
  4. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Expert Panel Discussion - Future of Work and Data Analytics after Covid-19
  5. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - MSBA Student Project Poster Sessions


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 15th, 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