Tauber students make an Operations impact at world class companies

2022 Tauber Team Amazon Robotics on their first day at work on-site: Sadie Cox (EGL BSE/MSE-IOE) and Mustafa Isik (MBA) with their manager, Amazon Senior Manufacturing Engineer Gustavo Frattini.

Ann Arbor, MI - Twenty-one 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 posed by their sponsoring companies.

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 2021 Tauber team projects resulted in over $989 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $43 million per project over three years.

Kazuma Katsuki (MBA 22) on Tauber Team Projects

Tauber’s 2022 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 Amazon, American Industrial Partners Canam and Energy, The Boeing Company, BrandSafway, Brunswick Corporation, Dell, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gopuff, Microsoft Corporation, MillerKnoll, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Pfizer Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Stoneridge, and Target. 

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, inventory management, logistics, and new product development.

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


The 2021 Tauber team projects resulted in a record-setting $989 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $43 million per project over three years.

Put the power of Tauber Institute thinking to work for your business!

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 tauber.umich.edu.