2015 Team Project Youth for Understanding

The Challenge:
A two-person team from the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations including Alp Kiremitci (EGL BSE/MSE-IOE), and Justin Koehler (EGL BSE/MSE-IOE) will work at Youth for Understanding (YFU) USA with project supervisors Ann Durheim and Michael Hill this summer. The Tauber team’s task is to conduct a benchmarking analysis of YFU USA’s main competitors to better understand the nonprofit’s space in the intercultural exchange industry competitive landscape and develop a long-term strategy for revenue diversification.
Student Team:
Alp Kiremitci – EGL (BSE/MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Justin Koehler – EGL (BSE/MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Ann Durheim – Executive Coordinator
Michael Hill – President & Chief Executive Officer
Faculty Advisors:
Amy Cohn – College of Engineering
Anne Harrington – Stephen M. 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 YFU Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team YFU members Alp Kiremitci and Justin Koehler