2015 Team Projects

In 2015, the students teams worked on 35 projects from 23 top global firms, averaged $14.3 million/per project savings over 3 years per company calculations. The total savings projected was $500 million. 

Each 2 to 3 person 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 2015 team project sponsors. Click on the sponsor to read a short description of each project.

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The 3M Company

St. Paul, MN

American Industrial Partners (Serva Group)

Tulsa, OK

American Industrial Partners (Flow Surface Preparation)

Kent, WA

Amazon (FBA)

Seattle, WA

Amazon (OPS)


The Boeing Company (777X)

Everett, WA

The Boeing Company (BCA PD)

Seattle, WA

The Boeing Company (BDS)

St. Louis, MO

The Boeing Company (CAS)


BorgWarner, Inc. (Brazil) 


BorgWarner, Inc. (Germany)


BorgWarner, Inc. Morse Systems


BorgWarner Inc. Thermal Systems

Marshall, MI

BorgWarner Inc. Transmissions Systems

Bellwood & Franfort, IL

BorgWarner Inc.Turbo Systems


Cardinal Health Inc. OptiFreight Logistics

Dublin, OH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

San Jose, CA

ConAgra Foods, Inc.

Omaha, NE

DTE Energy Co.

Monroe, MI

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, MI

GE Aviation

Cincinnati, OH

General Motors Company (GPSC)

Detroit, MI

Guardian Industries (Fab)

Auburn Hills, MI

Guardian Industries (SC)

Auburn Hills, MI


Queretaro, Mexico

Microsoft Cloud

Redmond, WA

Microsoft Surface

Redmond, WA

Pepsi Co.

Somers, NY

Pfizer, Inc.

Groton, CT

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

San Ramon, CA

Precision Castparts Corp.

Gardena, CA

The Raytheon Company

Andover, MA

Verizon Wireless

Basking Ridge, NJ

Whirlpool Corporation

Benton Harbor, MI

Youth for Understanding

Washington, DC

2015 Spotlight! First Place Winning Team Whirlpool