Boeing, BorgWarner, and Fresenius Medical Care teams place at Spotlight!

September 15, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — Tauber Institute for Global Operations is pleased to announce the winners of the Spotlight! Team Project Showcase Scholarship Competition! The 32 teams, composed of 82 students and supported by 54 faculty advisors at 23 sponsoring companies with locations around the world, worked in sectors including manufacturing and supply chain, healthcare, energy, retail, technology, and logistics to uncover solutions to operations-related challenges. The average savings was $14.4 million per project savings over three years. The total savings projected was $460 million.

Read the 2016 Spotlight! book here.

View event photos here.

In first place is the Boeing Company team of Alberto Arguello (MBA), Susan Biggart  (EGL, BSE/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering), and Travis Parsons (MSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering). The Boeing 777X team's Faculty Advisors were Richard Hughes from the College of Engineering and Hyun-Soo Ahn from the Ross School of Business. Each student received a scholarship award of $5,000 and the team was presented with a "check" by Joel D. Tauber, benefactor of the Tauber Institute at the conclusion of the Spotlight! event.

Tied for second place was the BorgWarner Transmission Systems’ team of Kyle Gilbert (EGL, BSE Electrical Engineering/MSE Industrial Operations Engineering) and Ryan Kennedy (EGL, BSE/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering. The BorgWarner team's Faculty Advisors were Joseph Walls from the Ross School of Business and Prakash Sathe from the College of Engineering. Each student received a scholarship award of $4,000.

Also tied for second place is the Fresenius Medical Care team of Katie Redman (MBA) and Matt Riley (EGL, BSE Chemical Engineering/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering). The Fresenius team's Faculty Advisors were Brian Love from the College of Engineering and Eric Svaan of the Ross School of Business. Each student received a scholarship award of $4,000.

Receiving $2500 Alumni Scholarship Awards for service to the Tauber Institute were Misaki Nozawa (EGP, MSE-ME) and Nantha Rajendran (MBA).

Spotlight! Background

Each two- to three-person Tauber project team is made up of graduate engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the 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.

Convening back in Ann Arbor, students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarship monies at the Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

At Spotlight!, students showcase their project results and compete for academic scholarships. Spotlight! is a growing event that presents outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while expanding the university’s presence and uncovering new ideas and innovations in operations and manufacturing.

About Tauber Institute for Global Operations
The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and 30 industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantageSM Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real-world settings.