Join the SPOTLIGHT! 2021 Awards Ceremony

Ann Arbor, MI - This past summer, Tauber Institute business + engineering graduate students delivered over $989 million in savings to their sponsoring companies. The SPOTLIGHT! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition highlights the innovative operations solutions the 25 Tauber teams developed during their 14-week projects at 20 top global firms, culminating in the SPOTLIGHT! 2021 Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 12, 12PM ET.

At the awards ceremony, Tauber Institute benefactor Joel Tauber will announce the top three team projects selected by the panel of corporate executives and operations professionals who serve as judges for the competition. The 2021 Tauber team projects returned a record-setting average of $43 million in savings per project over three years, in addition to valuable workflow and sustainability improvements. The 2021 team project sponsors were 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.

Along with executive direction from their sponsoring firm, each Tauber student team received support from both a Michigan Engineering and a Michigan 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 each year.


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