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April 2018
School of Art & Design Dean Guna Nadarajan tests the student designed Equilibar balance monitoring and improvement system.
Senior health featured at IPD

Health maintenance challenges facing senior citizens were the focus of the 2018 Winter Integrated Product Development course. Seven student teams presented their original products at the IPD Trade Show held in the STAMPS Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor on April 4. Faculty, students, industry representatives, and the general public tested out the products and cast votes for what they would choose to buy.
The brand new products included wheels that improve walker safety, nighttime lighting solutions, ways to connect with distant family and friends, balance improvement systems, and rising assistance for chairs and beds. When the votes were counted, all seven teams made a profit!

More pictures from the IPD Trade Show >
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Welcome New Tauber Alumni!

We are proud of the many achievements our newest alumni from the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering. Several members of this year's Tauber class are receiving graduate degrees from both schools. Look for these fantastic grads at top firms across the country, including multiple new hires at Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft.

New College of Engineering Tauber Alumni:
William Chen, Tammy Craven, Changqi Dai, Bethany Daniel, Nate Estes, Ignacio Estrada Garcia, Lizzy Ettleson, Yusuf Ghani, Amy Goodell, Eric Huang, Kyle Kenkel, Maaz Khalid, Eva Koester, Umang Lathia, Mark Ma, Uygar Ozdemir, Daniel Pippen, Miguel Saez, Hannah Schapiro, Josh Thariath, Atakan Tin, Siddharth Venkatesan, Nicha Viraporn, Sarah Wang, Allison Ward, Adam Zhang, Cheryl Zhang.

New Ross School of Business Tauber Alumni:
Nishreen Ali, Ryan Anderson, Olga Balashova, Bobby Carsey, William Chen, Ryan Colameo, Ricardo Dancuart, Ignacio Estrada Garcia, James Holden, Mindy Jaffe, Matthew Kaplan, Kyle Kenkel, Maaz Khalid, Alexander Kim, Kyra Mahoney, Kim Moore, Pauline Park, Peter Rasmussen, Kritika Rastogi, David Timmes, Colin Tyrrell, Vikram Vaidyanathan, Joseph Vithayathil, Stephanie Wang, Shannon Watt, Adam Zhang.
Inaugural Ross CVCI Datathon

Congratulations to Tauber MBA Maaz Khalid and his team mates Caroline Hodge, Nikhil Kalambur and Jonathan Hochberg for winning the first annual Ross Center for Value Chain Innovation Datathon! Judges appreciated the team's integrated approach to follow a start to end journey from problem definition to final recommendation with a consistent narrative and customer focus.
Learn more about the CVCI Datathon >
Leadership in the Age of AI

Today's executives need to show they can add value beyond what computers can do. On April 17, the Tauber Leadership Speaker Series presented Dawn Foods CEO Serhat Unsal, who shared his international experience with adapting leadership styles to complement new technology.
Access video of the TLSS presentation >
Hidden burden of international trade

A research team that includes Tauber faculty memb er Steven Skerlos recently published findings from their study quantifying the relationship between global economic output and fine particulate matter-related health issues. The results demonstrate the hidden impact of nations outsourcing not only production, but also pollution. 
Learn more through Michigan Experts >
"As we race to make the numbers for the next quarter, often we run the risk of mortgaging the future for short term gains.... Controlled greed can be as useful as nuclear power."

Tauber Alumnus Nilothpaul Dutta (MEng-Mfg & Naval Arch. '01) reflects on his Tauber experience and his current role as Business Development Executive for Internet of Things at Honeywell.
Tauber Institute at INFORMS Analytics

Tauber Engineering Co-Director Larry Seiford (seen here meeting students), Industry Director Ray Muscat, and Marketing Manager Theresa Ceccarelli had a great time at the 2018 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Baltimore, where the Tauber Institute sponsored the Executive Forum.
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Positive Business Conference
Michigan Ross - May 10-11

Create a positive culture. Get results.
Join us in Ann Arbor for the fifth annual Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference. Leaders from Humana, McKinsey, Microsoft, Seventh Generation, Sustainable Brands, and more will present new ideas to energize and inspire you to drive positive change in your organization.
More information & registration >
Annual IISE Conference & Expo
Orlando, FL - May 19-22

Meet up at the largest industrial and systems engineering event of the year. Mingle with leaders in the field, up-and-comers, and students at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
More information & registration >
Tauber Solutions:
A Responsive Supply Chain

The Problem:  Erratic demand was causing increased backorders, production overtime, and superfluous expediting costs in 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division's abrasive product portfolio.  3M asked Kim Moore (MBA '18) and David Timmes (MBA '18) to grow the profitability of the abrasive  portfolio by increasing the responsiveness of the supply chain - aligning business functions and developing standardized processes for key metrics.   
The Solution:  The Tauber team performed an analysis of historical sales, identifying items that consistently drove demand spikes. They developed a capacity planning tool to enable facilities to adjust production levels to prepare for increased demand, and designed a new business process to ensure coordinated procurement, production and logistics operations to support sales efforts. 3M's use of the Tauber team's findings and implementation of the new business process will drastically increase supply chain responsiveness and is expected to lead to cash savings of $2-6 million in safety stock reduction for the abrasives portfolio, plus annual cost savings of $1-4 million in overtime and expediting fees.
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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Be a Tauber Victor

The Tauber Alumni Scholarship Fund supports our students as they shape the future of Global Operations. Thank you to our alumni and friends for your support throughout the year .
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Rate Lean: Fast

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