Shared by Kevin Jerger, USD Senior
This past March, the SIBC Tesla Team had the privilege to travel to Fremont, California to present to the Sales Analytics Team at Tesla. In the Fall, we were given a two part prompt by USD Alumni, Jordan Jadallah, regarding both seasonality sales trends, and also store location optimization. Our team faced a difficult task that required a data intensive approach to solving our prompt. I speak for the entire team saying that it was an incredible experience getting to work on real world data and having the autonomy to solve the problem creatively. We utilized programs such as Tableau in ways many students do not have the opportunity to. As project leader, it was a formative experience for myself in terms of meeting deadlines and ensuring the team had the resources they needed to accomplish their tasks.
When arriving at the Tesla headquarters, we were welcomed by the Tesla team in their executive board room. Our presentation went smoothly and was received very well by our hosts. Seeing how our work was met with their constant engagement and interaction with our presentation was well worth the hard work the team put in throughout the life of the project. It was incredible experience for the entire team to work hands-on with real sales data and analyze this data into a meaningful results for our client. We also had the privilege of enjoying an unbelievable tour of the Tesla factory to top off our trip. I am incredibly grateful to our SIBC donors, USD faculty, and the Tesla team for the opportunity to partake in this experience