Tauber Institute launches team projects

April 14, 2021

Ann Arbor, MI - Tauber Institute students spend the summer diving deep into operations problem solving, uncovering millions of dollars of savings for their corporate sponsors – as well as improvements in areas such as energy consumption, waste reduction, throughput time, and supply chain risk.

This year, the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations launched a total of 25 business and engineering graduate student teams to devise operations solutions for 20 top global firms. The teams will work for their sponsoring companies from May through mid-August, then present their results at the annual Spotlight! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition. Solutions may include lean process design and implementation, manufacturing site strategic assessment, sourcing plans, inventory management, logistics, and new product development.

Tauber’s 2021 team project sponsors are leaders in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, health care, internet commerce, high tech, manufacturing, automotive, retail, and food and beverage. The institute is pleased to partner this summer with AIP, Amazon, Beyond Meat, Boeing, Brunswick, Curation Foods, Estee Lauder, Ford, General Motors, Herman Miller, Howmet, Mayo Clinic, Mott Hospital, NCMS, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Stanley Black & Decker, Stoneridge, Target, and Whirlpool.

Sponsor a team project in 2022.

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. Along with executive direction from the sponsoring firm, each team receives support from both a Michigan Engineering and a Michgan Ross School of Business faculty advisor, 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.

Contact: Theresa Ceccarelli, Marketing Manager / tceccare@umich.edu / 734-647-0308

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the Michigan 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 tauber.umich.edu.