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News for alumni & friends
July 2017
Register for 2017 Spotlight!

Registration is open for the annual Spotlight! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition, Friday September 15 at the Ann Arbor Sheraton, with a networking reception Thursday evening for all attendees. Alumni are invited to gather for dinner on Thursday at the Sheraton, and the entire Tauber community is welcome at the annual Tauber tailgate on Saturday morning across the street from the Big House.

Register for 2017 Spotlight! Team Project Showcase >
Register for 2017 Tauber alumni dinner >
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New multi-school admissions events

The U-M Tauber Institute, Harvard MS/MBA Program, Kellogg School of Management, and MIT Leaders for Global Operations will present joint information sessions in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco this August to help prospective students find the right fit.  If you know someone considering graduate studies that bring business and engineering together, suggest they attend a multi-school event!  Representatives from each school will describe the unique aspects of their program, and alumni panels will share their experiences and answer questions.

Multi-school events info and registration >
Tauber Team Amazon CrossDock:
Embracing "day one"

"I have found myself fully embracing Amazon's 'Day One' mentality. Every morning when I walk into the office, I bring with me the same energy and excitement that I had on my first day."
- Tauber student Nate Estes

Nate Estes took a break from his work to blog about the similarities between his love of mountain climbing and his experiences on his Tauber team project.
This week: Michigan Lean Consortium

Join the Tauber Institute at the 7th annual Michigan Lean Consortium, August 2-3 in Traverse City. Our Industry Director Ray Muscat will be on hand to discuss specific operations challenges and Tauber team project solutions with consortium attendees.

Michigan Lean Consortium info & registration > 
Goodson makes RPA accessible

Tauber Executive in Residence Gene Goodson spoke with the Michigan Business Network about the benefits of using his Rapid Plant Assessment process to quickly evaluate Lean. Through his teaching, journal articles, workshops, and now his new book, Goodson is a champion of lean transformation throughout industry.
Dr. Goodson applied data accumulated from over 1,000 plant tours to create Rate Lean: Fast, published by the Tauber Institute. The workbook describes how to plan a tour, rate an operation, and envision an ideal lean plant based on Toyota Production System concepts.
Join the next Tauber Turnout:
in the San Francisco area!

We had a great time catching up on the latest Tauber news in Austin, TX. Next up, join us August 11 at Steins Beer Garden near San Francisco! Contact Alumni Relations Manager Laura Turner to discuss organizing a Tauber event near you.
Register for Tauber Turnout: San Francisco >
View more 2017 Tauber Turnout & Trek photos >
Tauber solutions:
Pfizer informatics strategy

The Challenge:   Deliver significant improvements in the informatics space by leveraging recent developments in both the manufacturing and technology fields. By combining two new technologies at Pfizer, shorten development timelines and get medicines to patients faster.  

The Solution:  The 2016 Tauber Pfizer team developed visualizations for both new technologies and used them to create a real-time operations dashboard to help managers to make faster and more effective decisions. Benefits from the visualizations include a reduction in time needed to gather information from weeks to minutes, and increased process understanding, helping to limit development runs. Cutting one development run could save over $800,000 in active pharmaceutical ingredient costs alone, and free equipment for other purposes. In the end, however, the real benefit is to patients who receive treatments that Pfizer will be able to develop faster and more effectively. 
Spare parts: how many is too many?

A manager struggles with issues of storage space and her spare parts budget. Just how many spare parts should she keep on hand?  Project advisor Wally Hopp and other Tauber faculty have translated team project challenges into case studies that help both students and professionals develop the tools they need to solve real world problems.

View Tauber case studies from WDI publishing >
URC makes major impact on heath economy

Increased operations research to improve healthcare development and delivery is one part of a larger trend throughout Michigan's University Research Corridor. A recent report discusses the medical advancement, employment, and overall economic impact of the $1.2 billion spent on URC health research.

More about the URC and Michigan's health economy >
Tauber faculty research on Michigan Experts >
Tauber Team Fresenius:
Ready for the challenge

"I was able to understand processes quickly with my engineering background, think critically about how to tackle a problem effectively, and have healthy debates with my teammates on which direction we should move in."
- Tauber student Cheryl Zhang

At first she was nervous, but with the support of her team mates Vijay Krishnan and Yan Zhou, CoE advisor Brian Love, and Ross advisor Lisa Pawlik, EGL student Cheryl Zhang soon realized she was ready for her Tauber challenge.
Refresh your education with Exec Ed

Refresh your education with Ross Executive Education's
Global Supply Chain Innovation in a Changing Environment Sept. 11-15 in Ann Arbor.  Ross alumni receive full tuition support through the Alumni Advantage Program. Other Tauber alumni receive half off tuition, and may apply for Tauber scholarships.
Executive Education info & registration >
Take your place in Michigan history

To celebrate our bicentennial, U-M is taking a snapshot of our entire Maize and Blue family with an official Alumni Census. Make your mark on the history books by completing the Census now.
Count yourself in as a proud Wolverine! >

Be a Tauber Victor

The Tauber Alumni Scholarship Fund supports our students as they shape the future of Global Operations. Thank you to  to our alumni and friends for their gifts throughout the year.
Share the Tauber experience
Want to show colleagues and friends what Tauber is all about?  Share this short video that demonstrates how the Tauber curriculum and team project experience prepare students to become operations leaders.

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Show your spirit

Official Tauber Institute gear now available directly from The M Den. Gear up! >