CAMP: Chicago Area Mini-consulting Program
CAMP is a program intended to provide experiential learning opportunities to students enrolled in the courses I teach at UIC and, at the same time, benefit the local Chicago area business community. Sponsored projects are accepted on a case-by-case basis around the year and are scheduled as mini-consulting class projects in a relevant course in the following semester. If you are a Chicago-area firm facing a specific business challenge or are generally interested in discovering how data-driven decision-making can have a positive impact on your business, feel free to reach out. We offer expertise in the following three areas.
Pricing Analytics and Revenue Management
Using data to design effective pricing strategies in uncertain demand to maximize yield on fixed inventory or capacity
Menu pricing for multi-product offerings, e.g., in restaurants
Effective multi-sided platform and marketplace design for optimizing value generation, growth, and operational efficiency
Platform pricing and revenue generation
Designing effective market penetration and targeting strategies
Inventory and Capacity Management
Data-driven workforce scheduling
Process architecture and routing design to maximize capacity and service levels
Designing effective inventory management strategies in conjunction with pricing to tackle uncertain supply chains
Mini-consulting projects are small projects of 1-month duration focused on addressing a specific business problem. They usually involve 2-3 meetings with the project sponsor. Projects are undertaken by groups of 3-4 students and overseen by me.
The program is entirely free of charge to the sponsor. Any intellectual property developed as part of the project is owned by either UIC and/or the students and is generally governed by the guidelines presented here. Data usage can be governed by an NDA as specified by the sponsor.
We particularly invite projects from smaller local firms and non-profits who are looking to explore the benefits of data-driven decision-making.
For inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.