AUC Students Win First Place in the Engineering and Commerce Case Competition


An AUC team made up of four students from the School of Business and the School of Sciences and Engineering won first place in the Engineering and Commerce Case Competition (EngComm) in Montreal, Canada.

"EngComm provided me with the greatest opportunity to network with leaders from various industries such as General Electric, Bombardier, and Revision Military. Presenting in front of members from these great firms was truly an opportunity of a lifetime," said Noor Sorour, a business and finance major.

Neveen Ahmed, assistant professor of finance, has been the faculty coach for the EngComm competition for the last four years. The team won first place for displaying the highest standard in all matters of business and engineering, the Dr. Thomas McLaughlin Award for the Best International Team, Best Business Solution and Best Team Spirit. 

"Spending twelve hours straight in a closed room to come up with a winning multidisciplinary solution was definitely a one of a kind test," said Ayah Hani, a mechanical engineering major. "One that makes your proud of your teammates as much as your self. All in all, it was definitely an eye-opener and a life-changing experience."  

The competition was held in Montreal from February 19 to 23, 2019 and was comprised of teams from 16 internationally recognized academic institutions, consisting of engineering and commerce students. Since 2013, EngComm has been championing a worldwide effort to foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration before students start their professional careers. The competition focuses on combining the technical field of engineering with the interactive field of commerce. 

"Our reaction towards getting the first place was priceless, feeling like each and every minute of effort we put as a team paid off," said Walid Abou El Nour, a business and finance major.

"By the end of EngComm we had grown so much both individually and as a collective; we have seen each other under a lot of different conditions, and in new situations," said Zeina Hesham Abdeldayem, an architectural engineering major. "I can confidentially say that the EngComm experience is irreplaceable and that everyone who participated in it is a winner."