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News for alumni & friends
April 2017
Wearable tech at IPD Trade Show
Student teams first pitched their products online, then adjusted pricing to market remaining inventory at the bustling IPD Trade Show at the new Stamps Gallery in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Learn more about all six IPD products >
IPD video by Michigan News >
IPD feature in Digital Engineering News >
Community impact in just one day

Tauber students, faculty, staff, alumni, and industry board members made an impact on the Ann Arbor community by donating expert operations advice to Community Action Network, Food Gatherers, Growing Hope, and the Humane Society of Huron Valley for Tauber Community Service Day 2017.

Photos from Community Service Day 2017 >
Welcome New Tauber Alumni!

We are proud of the achievements our newest alumni, forty-one fantastic grads from the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering. Welcome to the Tauber Alumni Network!

New College of Engineering Tauber Alumni:
Adrian Bazbaz, Susan Biggart, Max Boykin, Chhavi Chaudhry, Sam Dion, Kyle Gilbert, Mohammad Jama, Ryan Kennedy, Erik Knapp, Cynthia Kreng, Ben Lewis, Kate Lobaza, Misaki Nozawa, Andrew O'Hara, Danny Pasternak, Spenser Pawlik, Matt Riley, Astrid Santiago, Bernardo Villarreal Garza, James Wang.

New Ross School of Business Tauber Alumni:
Alberto Arguello, Kevin Gallagher, PanPan Huang, Ishan Khandelwal, John LaMantia, Alexander Lau, Brian Lettman, Alison Levy, Bradford Lynch, Daniel Manore, Yancey May, Brian McGuiness, Nantha Rajendran, Katherine Redman, Michael Schorr, Jordan Shusterman, Aaron Silver, Robert Todd, Mukund Varma Asoken Thampuran, James Wang, Eva Xia, E. Kiku Yasukawa.
Ross MBA grads earn top 5 salary

The future is bright with a Ross MBA. According to the most recent data complied by Poets & Quants, Ross ranks in the top five business schools in terms of average MBA grad salary.

See the MBA data @ poetsandquants >
Top executive expertise on campus

Top executives, including Chair of Ford Smart Mobility Jim Hackett and Ford Motor Company Global Director of Interaction & Ergonomics Parrish Hanna, tested student products at the 2017 IPD Trade Show. Students also enjoyed interacting with Tauber Leadership Forum panelists, who shared insights about managing the increasingly complex operations of Boeing, DTE Energy, Microsoft, and Walmart while striving to increase sustainability practices. 

Tauber Leadership Forum panel bios >

New IAB reps from ConAgra & Arconic

Tauber welcomes Randall Scheps of Arconic  and Craig Weiss of ConAgra Foods, who join members from 28 top corporations on our Industry Advisory Board. Scheps is VP & GM of Arconic's truck wheel business for the Americas. Weiss is VP of ConAgra Supply Chain Planning, Programs and Logistics.

More about Scheps, Weiss, & the IAB >
Centralized vs delegated sales

Is it more advantageous for sales pricing to be centralized, or delegated to the sales force?  Industrial & Opertions Engineering faculty member and Tauber project advisor Xuili Chao has researched this topic, with interesting findings on risk aversion and effort valuation.

Learn more through Michigan Experts >
In the news:
amazon, sales tax, and Amitabh Sinha

NPR member station KJZZ recently sought out Tauber Business Director Amitabh Sinha for his expertise on the changing relationship between major online retailers and consumer sales tax, and the rapid growth of the omnichannel marketplace.
Ross Positive Business Conference

Discover incredible transformations that have already taken place at organizations large and small at the Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference, May 11-12. This year's theme, "Positive Leadership: Practices & Inspiration," will equip you with tools to put your ideas in motion, as well as the inspiration and energy to maintain your positive momentum.

More info & registration >
Meet up at IISE conference & expo 2017

Join us at the largest industrial and systems engineering event of the year!  Meet up with Tauber Institute faculty and staff at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 20-23 in Pittsburgh. The conference features numerous academic and industry presentations on the latest research and trends, area facility tours, and networking opportunities.

More info & registration >
INFORMS: Tauber executive forum

The Tauber Institute was pleased to host the Executive Forum at the 2017 INFORMS Business Analytics and Operations Research Conference in Las Vegas. Were you or your colleagues there? Mark your calendars now for next year's conference: April 15-17 in Baltimore.

View Executive Forum candids on flickr >
Tauber solutions:
improving forecast accuracy

The Challenge: To accelerate product usage, Microsoft pays incentives designed to drive partner behavior. Microsoft's transition from on-premises to cloud solutions has increased the incentive landscape complexity, and made it more challenging to accurately measure behaviors and provide timely and accurate accrual. This challenge can lead to large variances between accrual and actual.

The Solution: The 2016 Microsoft Incentives Tauber Team automated the reporting process, allowing Microsoft personnel to focus their efforts on analyzing reports rather than generating them.  They also developed a process tracker to better organize handoffs between 6 different Microsoft groups, and make the current process stage more visible to the overall Microsoft team.
The team anticipates over $310k per year in labor savings, and an additional $35M per year in forecast accuracy improvements.
Rate Lean: Fast

Tauber Executive In Residence Gene Goodson applied data from over 1,000 plant tours to create Rate Lean: Fast. The new workbook describes in detail how to plan a tour, rate an operation, and 
envision an ideal lean plant based on concepts of the Toyota Production System. 
Buy Rate Lean: Fast >
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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Keep connected 

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Headed to Costa Rica? Marco Gutierres (MBA '03) and his family recently moved there! Marco writes, "I would love to hear from any alumni in CR, that have visited CR, or that have gone through big, life-changing geographical or cultural relocations. Go Blue! and "Pura Vida" as we say down here."

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Boost your career

Check out the latest offerings on the Tauber job webpage > 
Show your spirit

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