An Aurora resident was among the members of a Purdue University team that won first place and a $20,000 prize in the 27th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition for the team's business plan for an industrial extrusion process.
MaryBeth Pavlick, a senior studying materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue, was part of a four-member team that placed first in the undergraduate division of the Purdue competition, which is named in honor of the late Hudson area entrepreneur.
Competitors at the graduate and undergraduate levels vied for $100,000 by pitching original business ideas to a panel of judges. More than 60 groups submitted business plans, and 14 finalists were chosen to share a 30-minute presentation of their plans.
ExDie Cleaning Technologies, represented by Pavlick and the other members of her team, submitted a business plan to develop a safe and practical method for removing extrusions materials from steel extrusion dies. The process outlined in the plan would replace the standard process, which now utilizes chemicals.
A 2010 graduate of Aurora High School, Pavlick is the daughter of Dave and Laura Pavlick. She also plays softball for Purdue, which is located in West Lafayette, Ind.