Innovative solutions for operations challenges take center stage at the Tauber Institute's 2017 Spotlight! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition, September 15 at the Ann Arbor Sheraton.
Spotlight! is a competitive presentation of operations and manufacturing solutions developed by Tauber Institute student teams during their 14-week team projects at top companies across the U.S. and around the world. At Spotlight!, students showcase their project results and compete for $40,000 in academic scholarships.
Tauber’s 2017 team project sponsors are leaders in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, internet commerce, high tech, health care, automotive, energy, and retail. Tauber was pleased to strengthen relationships with 19 continuing project sponsors – 3M, AIP, Amazon, Boeing, BorgWarner, Cardinal Health, Cummins, Dell, Dow, Ford, Fresenius, General Mills, GM, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pfizer, PG&E, Stanley Black & Decker, and Whirlpool – and to begin new partnerships this year with AM General and Target.
A signature initiative of the Tauber Institute, team projects pair exceptional students with top companies for a 14-week multidisciplinary, collaborative project. Each 2-3 person project team is comprised of graduate business and engineering students. Along with executive direction from the sponsoring firm, each team receives support from both a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty advisor, supervision by a Tauber Institute Co-Director, and mentoring support from Tauber alumni.
Tauber student teams work on-site at their sponsoring company from May through August to find solutions for substantive operations challenges. Solutions may include lean process design and implementation, manufacturing site strategic assessment, sourcing plans, inventory management, logistics, and new product development. Tauber team projects provide a significant return on a sponsor’s investment – often uncovering millions of dollars of savings – as well as improvements in areas such as CO2 emissions, energy consumption, throughput time, and supply chain risk.
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The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. The Tauber Institute is an inaugural recipient of the UPS George D. Smith Prize for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics. For more information visit www.tauber.umich.edu.