GCP travels to Argentina

(Left to right)Todd Myers, Jake Fox, Dan Terrill and Jason Hoopes pose for a picture at Barlochie, while participating in the Global Consulting Program's recent trip to Argentina.

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Program participants hail OHIO-U

Program participants hail OHIO-U while touring Argentina.

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White water rafting in Argentina

GCP participants take a break from their business consulting responsibilities for this white water rafting excursion.

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Students gain business consulting experience in Argentina

Global Consulting Program forges cross-college and cross-cultural partnerships


Students from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Business got a taste of summer over winter intercession – but not without some real-world work.

Traveling in Argentina as part of the College of Business’ Global Consulting Program (GCP), 19 Ohio University students partnered with 17 from the Universidad Technologica Nacional (UTN). Together, students worked for eight companies in the city of Bahia Blanca, in the south-west of the province of Buenos Aires.

Collaborating on teams of four or five, the students were assigned to companies ranging from a small shoe company to large chemical plants. They were tasked with projects such as how to expand a butcher shop, researching and designing safety tracking software, and designing a kiosk for the shoe company. At the end of the two-week term, the teams made formal presentations to their clients.

Todd Myers, associate professor of engineering technology and management in the Russ College, and Scott Wright, director of the Center of International Business Education and Development in the College of Business, accompanied the students on the trip.

“It gave them a valuable opportunity to visit another culture and find out how other cultures conduct business,” Myers said.

“Before leaving for Argentina, the students were able to rank the companies in order of interest, in order to be matched with a project they wanted to work on,” Myers added.

Senior engineering and technology majors Jake Fox and Dan Terrill helped Profertil, a large international fertilizer production company, determine how to electronically track personnel training.

Fox and Terrill’s team ultimately identified two different companies to address Profertil’s problem. They also developed programming specs for their solution.

“All of the companies thought the results were very usable,” Myers said.

Fox noted that the experience is also reaping benefits for student participants.

“I went to the most recent career fair, looking for a job. As soon as the companies saw GCP on my resume, they took all of my information and asked so many questions,” Fox said. “Having GCP on your resume really distinguishes you.”

 

The College of Business’ Global Consulting Program will return to Argentina with 20 students during the 2011 winter intersession, Nov. 27- Dec. 13. Five places will be held for Russ College students until the first week of February. For more information, contact Todd Myers at myerst2@ohio.edu.

 

GCP trip traces to OHIO alumnus

More than a few student experiences at Ohio University trace back to the vast international network of Bobcat alumni. Such is the case with the Global Consulting Program’s recent trip to Argentina.

Argentinean native and OHIO alumnus Ernesto Castagnet teamed with Todd Myers, associate professor of engineering technology and management in the Russ College of Engineering, to make the trip a reality for 19 current Ohio University students.

The students worked on business consulting projects alongside students from the Universidad Technologica Nacional (UTN), where Castagnet currently serves as an adjunct professor.
 
While studying engineering at Ohio University in the 1990s and early 2000s, Castagnet worked in the University’s Center for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (Auto Id Center). After returning to Argentina, he developed his own consulting business and now serves as president of ACDE, an international auto Id telecommunications business.

Over the years, Castagnet and Myers had opportunities to meet at Auto Id conferences. According to Myers, conversation often turned to a joint study abroad program for OHIO and UTN students. The trip became a reality this past November.

“Ernesto has been instrumental in establishing this program at UTN,” said Myers. “He has put many unpaid hours in to the paper work and overall setup of the program at UTN due to his belief in the effectiveness of study abroad programs and his desire to help his alma maters.”

-Monica Chapman