2015 Team Project The Boeing Company (777X)

The Challenge:
Boeing is constructing a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Everett, Washington to internally manufacture the composite sections of the wings for the 777X, a new plane set to debut in 2020.  In order to ensure the plant will function at the highest efficiency possible, the Tauber team will develop an “Operations Dashboard” concept that will help key stakeholders make quick decisions and predict problems before they arise.
Student Team:
Jeffrey Dillaman – Master of Business Administration
Mitchell McKinstry – EGL (BSE/MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Michael Quan – Dual (MBA/MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Kevin Bartelson – 777X Director, Composite Wing Center
Katie Leikhim – Senior Manager, Operations Integration, Composite Wing Center
Faculty Advisors:
Richard Hughes – University of Michigan College of Engineering
Ned Smith – Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each 2 to 3 person Tauber Team consists of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
2015 Boeing 777X Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team Boeing 777X
2015 Tauber Team Boeing 777X