Team Project Q & A

Team projects range from high-level strategic analysis, to complex supply chain challenges, to detailed plant layout and work flow issues for a specific product line. The Tauber Associate Director is available to assist sponsors in scoping a project.

Specific project deliverables are agreed upon in advance by the sponsoring company and the Tauber Institute. Examples include:

  • Lean process design and implementation
  • Business unit manufacturing plan
  • Manufacturing site strategic assessment
  • Supply chain implementation plan
  • Strategic capacity analysis
  • Material handling redesign
  • New product/process development strategy
  • Product complexity analysis
  • Managing transitions between products
  • Plant floor layout
  • Manufacturing process design

What individuals constitute a project team?
Each project ideally consists of 2 or 3 students, typically from different Participating Programs, and 2 faculty members - one from the College of Engineering and another from the Ross School of Business.

Sponsor representatives supporting this team include a project supervisor who maintains close contact with students, a project champion from senior management and a human resources representative to facilitate summer and possible future employment.

Where do projects take place?
Student teams work at the sponsor's site for the duration of the project. The sponsor provides necessary computer and office equipment along with security access.

When do projects take place?
Teams are on-site from early May through August, but preparations begin as early as October. Companies interested in sponsoring a Team Project should submit applications by the beginning of November.