2015 Team Project BW Brazil

The Challenge:
The BorgWarner Brazil Team will propose a solution to improve the short-and long-term profitability and utilization of the Piracicaba plant. The team will also investigate the strategic advantages related to internal die-casting production and formulate a recommended long-term global strategy for BorgWarner in this market.

Student Team:
Kaushik Acharya – Master of Supply Chain Management
Joey Burzynski – EGL (BSE/MSE BioMedical Engineering)
Prajwal Bhaskar Joshi – Master of Supply Chain Management
Project Sponsors:
Brett Gilman – VP Supply Chain, Emissions Business Unit, BorgWarner
Thomas Gropp – Global Commodity Manager
Faculty Advisors:
Brad Killaly – Ross School of Business
William Schultz – College of Engineering

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 BorgWarner Brazil Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team BorgWarner Brazil