Setting the Stage for Transformation: Tauber’s Annual Team Project Kick-Off

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan has proudly launched our 2024 Tauber Student Team Projects. This initiates the official start of 18 real-world supply chain and operations-focused projects with 16 global industry partners.

This year’s projects span diverse industries, including big tech, aerospace, food and beverage, private equity, electronics, energy, manufacturing, and more. The Tauber Institute is thrilled to partner with sponsors Amazon Sort Center, Amazon Robotics, Boeing, BrandSafway, ConAgra Brands, Nestle Purina, Stanley Black and Decker, Target Corporation, Washington Gas, American Industrial Partners - ADDMAN, American Industrial Partners - Attindas, DTE Energy, Emerson Electric Co., Gopuff, KLA, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences.

The team projects represent the capstone, action-based learning element of the Tauber Institute’s program—cultivating the next generation of leaders to address today’s complex landscape in global operations and supply chain management. Graduate student teams, comprising talent from both the Michigan Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, are ready to develop actionable solutions to the real-world challenges defined by their sponsoring companies.

“I’m excited to continue to utilize Tauber and be a part of Tauber after I graduate and enter the real world,” said Breanna Allen, BTS, paired with ConAgra Brands. “It’s a niche community and that’s what makes it nice. If you’re a person who enjoys meeting new people and working together on a multidisciplinary project, this is definitely the community you want to be a part of.”

From April to August, Tauber student teams will work for their sponsoring company, applying innovative techniques, analysis, and strategic thinking to deliver significant cost-efficiencies and savings results. The multi-disciplinary student Tauber teams, mentored by University of Michigan faculty advisors, will work in various industry functions such as strategy, supply chain, product development, manufacturing, etc. No two projects are the same.

“The most exciting part is my teammates,” said Abhinav Ganesh Kumar, MSE - Industrial and Operations Engineering, who was paired with Stanley Black and Decker. “Stanley had a very structured format for this particular project, so interacting with them throughout this experience will help me with both my personal and professional development.”

“This company checked off all my boxes,” said Ben Collins, EGL, about his pairing, ConAgra Brands. “I’m excited to be in Chicago, use my undergraduate and masters [degrees], and for the great teammates.”

Anne Partington, Tauber Institute Managing Director and Head of Industry Partnerships, spoke at the event.

“Through our intensive and immersive program, Tauber students are ready. They are ready to bring game-changing ideas to real-world supply chain and operations challenges,” said Partington. “Our industry partners can expect highly prepared and motivated teams of young professionals, equipped to drive transformational change and next-level results.”

The Tauber Institute invites you to stay connected with the development of this year’s projects through updates on LinkedIn and Facebook at @umtauber. For direct inquiries, please contact Managing Director Anne Partington, at [email protected].

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The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a collaborative fellowship program between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, partnered with industry leaders to provide multi-disciplinary education and leadership training in global operations and supply chain management. For more information, please visit