RIT Seeks Companies for Annual EMBA Capstone Project

Deadline to participate is April 22

A. Sue Weisler

The Executive MBA program at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business is seeking area businesses to take part in the Capstone Project.

Got a business problem? Local companies will again have access to knowledgeable and ambitious teams of consultants—at no charge.

Rochester Institute of Technology invites area businesses to take part in the Capstone Project, sponsored by the Executive MBA program at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business. All applications for the Capstone Project are due by April 22.

The EMBA project teams will spend a 20-week period defining and analyzing a client’s problems in areas such as manufacturing, finance, business strategy, marketing, human resource management and information systems. For nearly 20 years, the Executive MBAs have helped strengthen more than 60 local businesses—including JML Optical Industries Inc., Monroe Tractor, DeCarolis Truck Rental, Excellus and the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

“We see the Capstone Projects as both a service to Rochester’s business community and an opportunity for our Executive MBA students to demonstrate their expertise,” says Donald Wilson, director of the Executive MBA Program at RIT’s Saunders College. “We are always interested in receiving capstone applications from organizations identifying problems that will challenge our EMBA students.”

The project is under the guidance of RIT faculty members as well as host company executives—who review each team’s analysis and final presentation. Firms must be willing to provide a project sponsor and to share relevant information and data with student teams. The confidential studies are available only to company officers and faculty who review team deliverables.

Companies that wish to participate can go to the Saunders college of Business: Executive Education website and click on Capstone Projects or contact RIT’s Executive MBA office at 585-475-7435 or embamail@rit.edu by April 22.

Note: Rochester Institute of Technology’s executive MBA program, offered by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, is a 15-month degree program and is designed for experienced mid-level professionals who are seeking to advance their careers. For information, go to Saunders college of Business: Executive Education website.

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