2015 Team Project DTE Energy

The Challenge:
The project aims to optimize the fuel mix by doing a complete cost analysis of all operational and emission parameters. The project will also involve performing a feasibility study of adding natural gas to the fuel portfolio at Monroe power plant.
Student Team:
Anil Godavarthy – Master of Supply Chain Management
Jacob Villarreal Pollenz – EGL (BSE Chemical Engineering/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Inderpal Deol – Plant Manager, Monroe Power Plant, DTE Energy
Andrew Dobrzanski – Performance Manager, Monroe Power Plant, DTE Energy
Brian Rice – Director of Monroe power plant, DTE Energy
Jason Wong – Senior Engineer, ESO, DTE Energy
Faculty Advisors:
Oleg Gusikhin – UM College of Engineering
Owen Wu – Kelley 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 DTE Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations