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