The annual SPOTLIGHT! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition enlists a panel of expert judges from diverse industries to evaluate student presentations and select the first, second, and third place winners.
Many thanks to SPOTLIGHT! 2021 judges:
Ernest Wyatt, Managing Partner & Founder, Baron Resources
Meredith Rarey, Vice President of Global Engineering, Cardinal Health
Dan Reaume, Chief Analytics Officer, Caterpillar
Jonathan Grice, Vice President Customer Success, Clinc
David Sachtleben, Seating & Controls Industrial Design Manager, CNH Industrial
Carlos Valderrama, Vice President Value Services, Coupa Software
Greg Kolwich, Principal, FEV Consulting
Andy Van Sumeren, Director Operational Excellence, GE Healthcare
Tim Almond, Chairman & Founder, Heartland Industries
Jon Hobgood, Vice President Advanced Manufacturing and Automation, Honeywell Aerospace
Sriram Panchapakesan, Vice President - Head of Engineering Consulting, Infosys Technologies Limited
Walt Niziole, Chief Operating Officer, Isola
Mark Short, Vice President Operations, Land O’ Lakes
David Bueby, Corporate Vice President Supply Chain Management, McLaren Health Care
Mike Ferrante, Portfolio Prioritization and Resource Management Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety, Merck
Shashank Chiranewala, Sr Product Manager of Azure Capacity Planning and Supply Chain, Microsoft
Jaycee Pribulsky, Vice President Global Footwear Sourcing & Manufacturing, Nike
Stephen Lynn, Principal, Ricardo Strategic Consulting
Kathy Pazakis, Executive Vice President Commercial, TerraCycle
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.
Each year, Tauber student teams uncover significant savings for sponsoring companies – and champion major improvements in project fields such as data analytics, sustainability in operations, supply chain, and strategy.
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.