BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — When Brianna Bova started the Master of Science in Accounting and Data Analytics (MSADA) Program at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, she never imagined herself at the Pentagon receiving recognition from the U.S. Department of Defense. That’s where she found herself in late April this year.
Bova and seven classmates from the MSADA and 3/2 MBA programs received certificates of appreciation from U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu for their work with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.
“I never realized the impact I would be making during my year at Kelley” said Bova, who graduated in May.
For nearly 25 years, students in the Kelley Graduate Accounting Programs have brought fresh ideas to bolster businesses through field consulting projects. And for the last six years, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has been a project client.
This year, two Kelley consulting teams of four students each contributed nearly 1,200 hours of work across a 16-week semester to take on challenges related to accounting and other business challenges. Their efforts have impacted workflow efficiencies and cost savings for the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program (OSD ManTech).
One project team presented communication strategies to enhance OSD ManTech’s visibility to drive awareness and engagement that ultimately increases funding and successful project completion. The second team created a predictive model that reduces variance errors in budget forecasting processes.
Both projects exemplify the positive impact of forging strong, groundbreaking partnerships that provide students real leadership experience while developing solutions for critical business issues and strengthening the vitality of Indiana and the nation.
“I learned so many useful skills like teamwork, collaboration, and leadership that will help me in the future,” said Bova, who served as the client liaison for the communications project team. “I learned how to take my individual ideas and bring them to a team where we were able to work together on solutions.”
Editor’s note: This article was written by Brenda Bishop.