Tauber students in demand to solve Operational challenges

Ann Arbor, MI - Eighteen teams of Tauber Institute for Global Operations business + engineering graduate students have reported to work at top global firms for the summer. Their mission: find optimal solutions for the tough operations challenges their sponsoring companies pose.

Tauber student teams uncover significant savings for sponsors – and champion major improvements in project fields such as data analytics, sustainability in operations, supply chain, and strategy. The 2022 Tauber team projects resulted in over $1.03 billion in savings, according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $49 million per project over three years.

2023 BDS Team at Kickoff

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Tauber's 2023 team project sponsors are leaders in various industries, including aerospace, health care, high tech, manufacturing, automotive, retail, and food and beverage. The institute is pleased to partner this summer with Amazon, American Industrial Partners, Becton, Dickinson and Company, The Boeing Company, BrandSafway, Conagra Foods, Ford Motor Company, MillerKnoll, Mayo Clinic, Modine Manufacturing, Nestle Purina, Stanley Black & Decker, Starbucks, Target, and Washington Gas. 

The student teams 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, supply chain, inventory management, logistics, and new product development.

Along with executive direction from the sponsoring firm, each team receives support from 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.

Spotlight 2021 | Tauber Team Projects