2019 Ford Team Project

AI-Enabled Allocation Plan Optimization Tool

Ford is a leading automotive OEM, with a revenue of $160 billion in 2018 and business all around the world. It is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker and the fifth-largest in the world. The 2019 Tauber team worked with the Advanced Manufacturing Center out of Ford's new Redford facility to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled tool that will automate and optimize the allocation planning process.
Charlie Manzoni – Master of Business Administration
Hiroki Tanaka – Master of Business Administration
Alison Houston – Data Analytics Manager,
Global Advanced Manufacturing
Saumuy Puchala – Data Analytics Engineer,
Global Advanced Manufacturing
David Shepps – Manager, Mfg and MP&L Analytics,
Global Advanced Manufacturing
Dennis Blumenfeld – College of Engineering
Peter Lenk – Ross School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2019 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $390.3 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $30 million per project over three years.

Each two to three person Tauber Team consists of graduate engineering and graduate business 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.

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2019 Spotlight! 1st place team Ford Motor Company
2019 Team Project Ford Motor Company
2019 Tauber Team Ford