Automation & Machine Learning at Tauber Leadership Forum

March 20, 2019
Ann Arbor, MI - At the Tauber Leadership Forum, Tauber Institute students learn directly from current leaders in operations from top global firms. The 2019 Leadership Forum held at the Ross School of Business addressed the hot topic of Automation and Machine Learning.
Tauber institute students discussed the impact of recent advances in operations with the following panelists:
  • Kim Vogel - Strategic Accounts Director of the Great Lakes Region at Microsoft. Kim joined Microsoft in 2011 and is the global business director, where she works with a team to help customers in leveraging technology to transform their products, engage more customers, and optimize their operations. Technologies leveraged include artificial intelligence, internet of things, and big data. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kim was Global Account Executive for Hewlett-Packard. She received a BA in Economics and Accounting from the University of Michigan.
  • Doug Mehl - Partner at A.T. Kearney. Doug joined A.T. Kearney in 2015 and is a partner in the Automotive and Industrial Practice, where he services clients for strategy and operations improvement. Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Doug worked for McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan and his BSE/MSE in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University.
  • Leslie Hardin - Lead of On-Campus Recruiting at American Industrial Partners. Leslie has worked with American Industrial Partners since 2010, where she has served as the PE advisor, overseeing operation, development, organization structure, and portfolio management, as well as the Chief Administrative Officer of the PE firm. Before joining American Industrial Partners, Leslie was an investment banker for Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. She received an MBA from Yale, and a JD and BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.
  • Lisa Strama - President and CEO at National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Lisa became the CEO at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences in September of 2018, where they work to improve the competitiveness and strength of the United States’ industrial base through developing, demonstrating and transitioning innovative technologies efficiently. Before joining the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Lisa worked for Northrop Grumman as a director in Manufacturing Operations and Enterprise Design Environment. She received her MBA from DePaul University.
  • Michael Mikula - Chief Engineer of Advanced Manufacturing at Ford. Michael joined Ford in 1993 and is the Global Chief Engineer for Manufacturing System and Infrastructure, where he is responsible for facility readiness and machine logic for new model programs. He is also in charge of operational oversight for North America, Prototype Operations, and Engine Testing Facilities. He received his BS and MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The fourm was moderated by Norman Bishara, Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Business Law & Ethics at the Ross School of Business.

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The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. The Tauber Institute is an inaugural recipient of the UPS George D. Smith Prize for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics. For more information visit