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The Tauber Institute for Global Operations Leadership, Faculty and Staff wish all our students, alumni, partners and friends around the world good cheer this holiday season, and a happy and prosperous new year.
News for alumni & friends
December 2017
IPD competition for small spaces

The 8 teams of the Fall Integrated Product Development course developed products to improve living in small spaces, then pitched their products online and at the Live IPD Trade Show. The product with the highest unit sales: HerbIn, an indoor, herb garden in a compact pot that attaches to vertical surfaces with magnets. The product with the highest unit gross margin: Lyra, a set of wireless, voice-activated, decorative lights.
Tauber faculty select Dealer of the Year

47 new car dealers - out of more than 16,500 dealers nationwide - are nominated for the prestigious TIME Dealer of the Year Award. A panel of Tauber Institute faculty will select finalists from each of the four National Automobile Dealers Association regions, as well as the national award winner. In appreciation, TIME and Ally have established an annual scholarship for Tauber students.
How Tauber faculty select the Dealer of the Year >
MSCM graduates gathered with program leaders to celebrate during Winter Commencement weekend.

Congratulations to our newest alumni!

Twenty-five Tauber graduates are ringing in the new year with new degrees. Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of our newest alumni. 
2017 Winter Commencement Graduates:
Rahul Aggarwal (MSCM), Amy Allport (MSCM), Juan Arango (MSCM), Vinayak Bahl (MSCM), Karan Bhatia (MSCM), Rajat Bhatia (MSCM), Jack-Lehi Bryce (MSCM), Reshmi Chowdhury (MSCM), Prerna Dean (MSCM), Anusha Gundra (MSE - Industrial Operations Engineering), Benjamin Herrmann (MSCM), Jurgen Kameniku (MSE - Chemical Engineering), Arjun Kottana (MSCM), Vijay Krishnan (MSCM), Noe Leal (MSCM), Ruoxi Li (MSCM), Leif Millar (MSE - Computer Engineering), Andrew Poterala (MSE - Industrial Operations Engineering), Anirudh Saria (MSCM), Dikul Singh (MSCM), Avneesh Singh (MSCM), Teresa Viola (MSCM), Mian Wei (MSCM), Brooks Williams (MSCM), and Yan Zhou (MSCM).
New IAB member Doug Mehl of A.T. Kearney
Welcome new IAB members

Looking back across 2017, the Tauber Institute is grateful for our many supporters, and particularly for the work of our indispensable Industry Advisory Board. Doug Mehl of A.T. Kearney is the newest member of our IAB, joining new members this year: Sharon Pfeuffer of DTE, Randall Scheps of Arconic, Craig Weiss of ConAgra, Daniel Davis of American Industrial Partners, and Kevin Harrington of HERE. Thank you to our all our IAB members for their insight and support throughout the year!
View bios of all current IAB members >
Save the date: Community Service Day

March 23 will be our 7th annual Tauber Community Service Day. We encourage our Industry Advisory Board members, alumni, students, faculty and staff to make southeastern Michigan nonprofits and community-oriented companies top clients for the day by contributing their time and talent.
Learn more about Community Service Day >
Tauber Alumnus Jot Chahal:
Profitable growth through innovation

Jot Chahal (MSE-Manufacturing '01) has experience with medical device, pharmaceutical, metals, construction, aerospace, transportation, automotive, and electronics industries. As a "Growth and Innovation specialist" he has developed a diverse toolset, which he employs in his current role as the Global Strategic Marketing Manager of Vitals and Cardio for Hill-Rom.
Operations off campus

In addition to their coursework, presentations, guest speakers, and LeadershipAdvantage modules, Tauber students regularly venture off campus to examine real world operations. Fall semester facility tours featured Herman Miller, Edward Brothers Malloy Printers, Germain Audi/VW/Porsche Dealerships, Meijer Distribution, and Stanley Black&Decker. Upcoming tours include UPS, Arbor Brewing Company, and Zingerman's Mail Order operations.
More photos from recent facility tours >
Positive Links online

Tauber is proud to sponsor the Positive Links Speaker Series, which is free and open to the public. You can access online video recordings of all of this year's speakers - including Scott DeRue, Theresa Glomb, Evelina Fredriksson, and Robert Quinn - and also last year's speakers. In January, we welcome Raj Sisodia, who will talk about the healing possibilities of Conscious Capitalism.
Video links and more info on upcoming speakers >
2017 Tauber Team Whirlpool: Ignacio Estrada Garcia (MMgt / MSE-ME) and Ryan Colameo (MBA)

Tauber solutions:  Predictive analytics cracks the case

The challenge: Whirlpool had a mystery to solve. They challenged their Tauber Team to conduct a strategic assessment of predictive analytics opportunities for complex machines at the SARES Line in Cleveland, Tennessee, which manufactures oven cavities for the Minerva oven line; during the forming process, there had been frequent, but seemingly random, instances of oven cavities developing rib cracks.

The solution:  Trial tests pointed the team in the right direction, yielding the insight that materials properties were playing a significant role, and that the press nerving center was also relevant to the problem. The team identified new data-streams Whirlpool should consider, including the next version of the predictive model, and developed a template called "The Tauber Framework" to guide the approach to future predictive analytics implementations. Expanding this application across the enterprise represents an annual opportunity of ~$12M globally over the next three to five years.
25 years of operations excellence

In 2018, the Tauber Institute will celebrate 25 years of bringing excellence in operations education to the University of Michigan.  Watch for special anniversary events in the upcoming year!
Learn more about 25 years of Tauber education in action >
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 Vijay Krishnan (MSCM '17), Teresa Viola (MSCM '17), and Kelsey Wyatt-Mair (MBA '19) for their recent donations, and to all our alumni and friends for their gifts this holiday season and throughout the year.
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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