2017 Team Projects

In 2017, the Tauber Institute's student teams worked on 32 projects at 21 top global firms, averaging $18.5 million/per project savings over 3 years per company calculations. The total savings projected was $575 million. 

Each 2 to 3 person team was made up of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. In addition to high-level corporate support, each team was advised by a College of Engineering and a Stephen M. Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Director. The projects officially began on-site in early May and continued for 14 weeks, through mid-August. Upon project completion, all teams returned to Ann Arbor to compete in the annual Spotlight! Team Project Showcase Scholarship Competition.

For over 20 years the Tauber Institute has worked with a diverse array of world class corporations. Below are our 2017 team project sponsors. Click on the sponsor to read a short description of each project.

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The 3M Company

St. Paul, MN

American Industrial Partners - ACPI

Mt. Union, PA

AM General

Livonia, MI

Amazon Crossdeck

Seattle, WA

Amazon - Fulfillment by Amazon MWS

Seattle, WA

Amazon - FBA Transportation

Seattle, WA

Amazon - Gamification

Seattle, WA

Amazon - ICQA Elimination

Seattle, WA

Amazon - Problem Solve

Seattle, WA

Amazon - Tracking Technology

Seattle, WA

Amazon - Truck Utilization

Seattle, WA

The Boeing Company - 777X

Everett, WA

The Boeing Company - Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Mesa, AZ

The Boeing Company - Supplier

Everett, WA

BorgWarner Morse Systems

S. Korea, China, Japan, Italy

Cardinal Health

Dublin, OH

Cummins, Inc.

Memphis, TN, Columbus, IN

Dell Technologies

Austin, TX

Dow Chemical Company

Midland, MI

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, MI

Fresenius Medical Care

Concord, CA, Mexico

General Mills

Minneapolis, MN

General Motors Company - Engine Quality

           SE Michigan, Canada

General Motors Company - Supply Chain

SE Michigan

Microsoft Corporation - Licensing

Redmond, WA

Microsoft Corporation - Procurement

Redmond, WA

PepsiCo, Inc.

White Plains, NY


Groton, CT

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

San Francisco, CA

Stanley Black & Decker

Chesterfield, MI

Target Corporation

Minneapolis, MN

Whirlpool Corporation

Benton Harbor, MI, Italy, Slovakia

2017 1st place at Spotlight! Team Dell Technologies
2017 2nd place at Spotlight! Team Whirlpool
2017 3rd place at Spotlight! Team Boeing - Supplier
2017 Spotlight! Awards