Two teams representing UMUC's MS in Data Analytics program competed with students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, and Asia in the Watson Analytics Global Competition. The teams were selected among the top ten to present their work in the Grand Finale in Shanghai, China. Both teams presented innovative analytical solution with in-depth analysis and recommendations on global environmental issues. Their compelling presentations earned rankings among the top three.

First place winners were the team of Sarah Eggum, Mwalimu Phiri, and Amoah Justice for their the project, "Effects of Household Air Pollution." Third went to the team of Erin Krizay, Mike Lesosa Kiwa, and Tiffany Bennett for their project, "Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing: Trends, Impacts, & Predictions in the United States."

The competition is a worldwide inter-university event aimed at generating innovative analytics solutions from students using Watson Analytics. This year, the focus was on the application of Watson Analytics toward development of innovative solutions regarding environment issues of climate change, energy consumption, carbon footprint-GDP correlation, greenhouse gas emission, and other environmental issues.