2016 Team Projects

In 2016, the students teams worked on 32 projects from 23 top global firms, averaged $14.4 million/per project savings over 3 years per company calculations. The total savings projected was $460 million. 

Each 2 to 3 person team was made up of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. In addition to high-level corporate support, each team was advised by a College of Engineering and a Stephen M. Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Director. The projects officially began on-site in early May and continued for 14 weeks, through mid-August. Upon project completion, all teams returned to Ann Arbor to compete in the annual Spotlight! Team Project Showcase Scholarship Competition.

For over 20 years the Tauber Institute has worked with a multitude of companies. Below are our 2016 team project sponsors. Click on the sponsor to read a short description of each project.

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The 3M Company

St. Paul, MN

American Industrial Partners - Carlstar

Franklin, TN

American Industrial Partners - SHAPE

Olympia, WA

Amazon FBA

Seattle, WA

Amazon Ops

Seattle, WA

The Boeing Company-777X

Seattle, WA

The Boeing Company-CAS

Seattle, WA

The Boeing Company-PD

Seattle, WA

BorgWarner Emissions Systems

Dixon, IL

BorgWarner Morse Systems

Ithaca, NY

BorgWarner Transmission Systems

Germany and Poland

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Dublin, OH

Dell Inc.

Austin, TX, El Paso, TX

Dow Chemical Company

Midland, MI

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, MI

Fresenius Medical Care

Concord, CA

General Mills, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN

General Motors - RFID

General Motors - Supply Chain 

Orion, MI and Toledo, OH

Gunung Sewu Group

Jakarta, Indonesia

Microsoft Corporation - Azure

Redmond, WA

Microsoft Corporation - Incentives

Redmond, WA

Microsoft Corporation - MSC

           Several China locations

Pacific Gas & Electric

San Ramon, CA

PepsiCo, Inc.

White Plains, NY

Pfizer Inc.

Groton, CT

Precision Castparts Corporation

Gardena, CA

Stanley Black & Decker (Cribmaster)

Marietta, GA

Sunset (Mastronardi Produce)

Livonia, MI


Palo Alto, CA

Volkswagen Group of America

Chattanooga, TN

Whirlpool Corporation

Marion, OH

1st place winning team (Boeing 777X) at the 2016 Spotlight!
2016 Tauber Team BorgWarner Transmission tied 2nd place at Spotlight!
2016 Tauber Team Fresenius Tied 2nd Place Winners at Spotlight
2016 U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations' winning teams
2016 Spotlight! Awards