Western Michigan successfully defended its 2010 ITERA Case Study Competition at the 2011 ITERA Conference. The 2011 case study competition challenged participating schools to design a state-of-the-art smart home facility for a retirement community in Phoenix, Arizona. The WMU-TIM project team analyzed the structural and technical requirements for delivering personal communications, entertainment, and safety needs to the residents of this community and management staff.
The 2010 case study competition featured “The Connect Tennessee Initiative” which involved creating a strategic plan for bringing broadband and information technology service to a portion of rural Tennessee .
As the ITERA 2010 and 2011 National Case Study Competition Champion team advisors, Dr. Michael Tarn, Professor and Chair of the Business Information Systems Department, and Dr. Pairin Katerattanakul, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Telecommunications & Information Management program reflect on their experience:
“The case study competition is an excellent way for teaching the principles of telecommunications and information management to our students. During the fall semester, ITERA sends out a call for project submissions. The project can take almost six months to complete. Our students must research and learn all facets of technology, finance and project implementation and then design a solution for the case. After being notified that we were one of four finalists, we then had the task of preparing our students to present their ideas before a group of judges who directly challenge them on the feasibility of their proposal. Sometimes the questions can be very difficult; especially when they come from a project manager or engineer from AT&T.”