Theory. Practice. Impact.

In today's competitive world, Industry needs a new kind of leader - someone who can operate as a specialist, but also understand and manage the full scope of operations - someone who can lead on the plant floor and in the boardroom. Industry needs highly-capable, custom-trained talent, and the Tauber Institute creates these exceptional individuals. Tauber Institute team projects are your way of capitalizing on their abilities and experiences.

Team projects are highly visible operations-related challenges with both engineering and business components — a successful project results in a significant return on a sponsoring company's investment. The projects have historically delivered significant financial savings as well as improvements in areas such as CO2 emissions, energy consumption, throughput time, and supply chain risk. 

The Results

The 2023 Tauber team projects returned a projected savings of $820.3 million, in addition to valuable workflow and sustainability improvements. 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. The comprehensive information in this section addresses the importance of Team Projects in your organization and gives you the necessary tools to participate in this valuable program.

Tauber staff can help you with an application for a Tauber Team Project. For more information, contact Managing Director Anne Partington or Associate Director for Industry Partnerships Mary Crosby.

Companies partnering with the Tauber Institute benefit from:

  • Strong value-added results from Team Projects
  • Enhanced recruiting activities with graduates from the Michigan Ross School of Business and College of Engineering
  • Expanded visibility among a very talented group of recruits
  • A multidisciplinary education designed specifically for operations and manufacturing professionals

The 2023 team projects:

Projects at top global firms.
Saved according to sponsoring company calculations.
Savings per project over 3 years.

Team Projects

Team Projects are multidisciplinary, collaborative internships where students work on operations issues to potentially earn or save sponsoring companies millions of dollars. In these custom opportunities, students demonstrate their skills to a demanding audience and show they can outperform expectations.


Spotlight! is a competitive presentation of solutions developed by Tauber student teams during their operations-based Team Projects.

I think all the [Tauber] projects are amazing experiences. These projects are intensive, really diving deep into the operations of a company, it’s very exciting.
Jay Tatikonda
EGL BSE Biomedical/MSE Industrial Operations Engineering ’23

Jayanth Tatikonda