2015 Team Project Cisco

The Challenge:
The Cisco Tauber team will develop a strategy for how Cisco can incorporate the disruptive technology of additive manufacturing into its design and manufacturing processes. The project will initially research multiple potential usages of the technology, but eventually focus on establishing the benefits of one particular application. Deliverables will include a business case for the application of additive manufacturing, pilot project(s) that demonstrate the application’s value, and a white paper detailing a strategy for how to move forward with the application.
Student Team:
Dominic Calabrese – EGL (BSE Electrical Engineering/MSE Electrical Engineering: Systems)
Joseph Scherping – EGL (BSE Computer Engineering/MSE Industrial Operations Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Brice Achkir – Distinguished Manufacturing Engineer
David Ashley – Vice President, Supply Chain Technology and Quality
Paul Lee – Program Manager of Additive Manufacturing
Jie Xu – Senior Director of Component Quality and Technology
Faculty Advisors:
Hyun-Soo Ahn – Ross School of Business
Sugih Jamin – 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 Cisco Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations