UI team places first in international ethics case competition

UI team places first in international ethics case competition

Hira Mustafa (left) and Abby Haynes
Students Hira Mustafa (left) and Abby Haynes

University of Iowa students Hira Mustafa and Abby Haynes took home the top honor at the 16th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition hosted by the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

This invitation-only competition hosts 24 teams from top business schools from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This year’s prompt challenged participants to weigh the ethical implications of a hypothetical company developing artificial intelligence–powered facial-recognition technology for law enforcement.

“Not only did I get an opportunity to network with students from across the continent, but I gained real-world experience of what it means to ground your decisions in ethics,” says Mustafa, president of University of Iowa Student Government. “The research we did helped me understand what types of ethical considerations need to go into business decisions and how to communicate that decision calculus effectively to our audience.”

Haynes, a senior majoring in marketing, says the win was a capstone to her undergraduate experience at the Tippie College of Business and underscores the power of a positive mindset and effective teamwork.

“The most critical tool in our preparation was having two teammates who were not afraid to provide constructive feedback,” says Haynes, president of Tippie’s Business Student Ambassador Organization. “Towards the end of our prep work, Hira and I were picking each other apart on the tiniest of details, but not once did either of us get defensive. We always heard what the other person was saying and used this feedback to improve.”


Tom Snee, Office of Strategic Communication, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell)

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