Twenty years of invaluable advice

September 13, 2019

Ann Arbor, MI - The Tauber Institute of Global Operations is pleased to recognize the contributions of Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Aerospace Engineering Peter D. Washabaugh, who has collaborated with faculty of the Ross School of Business for twenty years as a co-advisor for Tauber team projects. Professor Washabaugh provides expert guidance for Tauber Institute business and engineering graduate student teams as they work on substantive operations challenges at top global firms. At this year's SPOTLIGHT! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competititon, the Tauber Institute presented Professor Washabaugh with a faculty longevity award in honor of his invaluable service.

Washabaugh's hands-on Aeropace Engineering courses are perennial student favorites, and his research interests include experimental solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, instrumentation, non-destructive testing, and optimization. Each Tauber student team he advises benefits direcly from his extensive knowledge and experience. Most recently, Washabaugh worked together with Ross School of Business Professor Stewart Thornhill to advise the 2019 Boeing Fabrication Tauber Team, who worked this summer at Boeing's Mesa, AZ facility to develop data-driven strategies and identify tactical improvement opportunities in support of Boeing's Fabrication 2025 effort.

A signature initiative of the Tauber Institute, team projects pair exceptional students with top companies for a 14-week multidisciplinary, collaborative project with the potential for significant impact. Each 2-3 person project team is comprised of graduate students in Business and Engineering. Every Tauber team project receives support from both a Michigan Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty advisor, as well as executive direction from the sponsoring firm, and project oversight by a Tauber Institute co-director. The Tauber Alumni Network provides additional mentorship and networking opportunities for students at their team project locations.

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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