2014 Team Projects

In 2014, the students teams worked on 35 projects from 26 top global firms, averaged $12.8 million/per project savings over 3 years per company calculations. The total savings projected was $450 million. 

New company sponsors included Emerson, Kostal North America (Capacity), Kostal Logistics, Mac Arthur Corporation, LLC., Precision Castparts, and SUNSET Produce.

Each 2 to 3 person project 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 multitude of companies. Below are our 2014 team project sponsors. Click on the sponsor to read a short description including the results of the 2014 team project.

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St. Paul, MN


Chattanooga, TN

The Boeing Company (777)

Everett, WA

The Boeing Company (BDS)

Saint Louis, MO

The Boeing Company (Fabrication)

Salt Lake City, UT

BorgWarner, Inc. (BERU)

Ludwigsburg, Germany

BorgWarner, Inc. (Morse TEC)

Ithaca, NY

BorgWarner, Inc. (Transmission)

Chicago, IL

BorgWarner, Inc. (Turbo)

Rzeszow, Poland

Cardinal Health

Dublin, OH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

San Jose, CA

ConAgra Foods, Inc.

Omaha, NE

Cummins Inc.

Columbus, IN

Dell, Inc.

Austin, TX

DTE Energy Co.

Monroe, MI


Houston, TX

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, MI

GE Aviation

Cincinnati, OH

General Mills

Minneapolis, MN

General Motors Company (GPSC)

Warren, MI

General Motors Company (Tooling)

Detroit, MI

General Motors Company (Vertical Integration)

Detroit, MI

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Lake Forest, IL

Johnson & Johnson

Somerville, NJ

Kostal (Capacity)

Queretaro, Mexico

Kostal (Logistics)

Queretaro, Mexico

Mac Arthur Corporation, LLC.

Grand Blanc, MI

Masco Corporation

Ann Arbor, MI

Microsoft Corporation

Redmond, WA

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

San Ramon, CA

Precision Castparts Corp.

Jenkingtown, PA

The Raytheon Company

Andover, MA

SUNSET Produce

Livonia, MI

Verizon Communications (Wireless)

Basking Ridge, NJ

Verizon Communications

Basking Ridge, NJ

Cummins, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations 2014 Spotlight! Winner 1st place
2014 U-M Tauber Institute Spotlight! Winners - 2nd Place Tied Mac Arthur Corporation, Grand Blanc, Michigan
2014 U-M Tauber Institute Spotlight Winners - 2nd Place Tied Amazon
2014 U-M Tauber Institute Spotlight! Winners - 3rd Place General Motors Global Purchasing and Supply Chain