2015 Team Project Boeing (Commercial Airplanes-PD)

The Challenge:
The Tauber Boeing Commercial Airplanes-PD Team will create and pilot a plan to enable the new 777X Composite Wing Center to become a zero waste-to-landfill production facility. This plan includes determining the types and volumes of carbon fiber waste, creating a collection and segregation process, and piloting current and future reduction and recycling opportunities through both internal and external markets.  The use of carbon fiber at Boeing and in other industries is increasing rapidly as the material cost fall due to its commoditization. Unlike metals, it does not have an established recycling industry. Thus, the team’s work is crucial in contributing to the overall best practices and standards of carbon fiber recycling at Boeing and beyond.
Student Team:
Akul Bali – EGL (BSE Electrical Engineering/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Kelsea Ballantyne – Dual (MBA & Master of Science in Natural Resources & Environment)
Martha Neubauer –EGL (BSE Chemical Engineering/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Tia H Benson Tolle – Director, Advanced Materials, BCA Product Development
Hardik Dalal – Project Manager, Carbon Fiber Recycling, Advanced Materials, BCA Product Development
Nicholas Room – Manager, Structural Composites, Advanced Materials, BCA Product Development
Faculty Advisors:
Erdogan Gulari – College of Engineering
Peter Lenk – Ross 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 BCA PD Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team Boeing BCA PD
2015 Tauber Team Boeing BCA PD
2015 Tauber Team Boeing BCA PD
2015 Tauber Team Boeing BCA PD