2015 Team Project Kostal

The Challenge:
The objective is to develop a capacity planning solution that provides visibility on current and future capacity of plant to Kostal business teams.  As a part of intensive growth strategy, this solution will further strengthen Kostal America´s strategic decision capability, thus creating a better value for customers.
Student Team:
Jose E Azuela – EGP (Master of Engineering in Manufacturing)
Ramesh Chavan – Master of Supply Chain Management
Project Sponsors:
Harry Asher – Vice President: Product and Innovation Management, KOSTAL
Rodrigo Galvez – Production Engineering & Eng. Planning Sr. Manager, KOSTAL
Catherine Ludwig – Product Line Manager: Switches, KOSTAL
Faculty Advisors:
Brian Love – College of Engineering
Eric Svaan – Ross School of Business

Read about Tauber Team Member Ramesh Chavan's experience in his blog.

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 Kostal Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Kostal sponsored Tauber 2015 team: Jose Azuela (MSE-MENG MFG) and Ramesh Chavan (MSCM '15)
Kostal sponsored Tauber 2015 team: Jose Azuela (MSE-MENG MFG) and Ramesh Chavan (MSCM '15)