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June 2017
Eric Svaan speaks with students at the IPD Trade Show. Ross students selected Svaan for a Neary Teaching Excellence Award.
Congratulate your faculty & staff

Tauber Institute faculty and staff celebrated the onset of summer with a wide range of promotions and awards. In Tauber administration, Admissions and Alumni Relations Manager Laura Turner received a Staff Recognition Award. 

In the College of Engineering, Industrial and Operations Engineering celebrated the promotions of Amy Cohn, Marina Epelman, Siqian Shen, and Eunshin Byon. Mark Daskin was honored with a formal induction into the National Academy of Engineering.

The Ross School of Business celebrated the promotion of Stephen Leider to Associate Professor with tenure. Roman Kapuscinski received the Ross Researcher of the Year Award, Amitabh Sinha received the Victor L. Bernard Teaching Leadership Award, and Eric Svaan received the Andy Andrews Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Svaan - along with Hyun-Soo AhnWally Hopp, and John Branch - was also honored with a 2017 Neary Teaching Excellence Award, given by Ross students in recognition of outstanding contributions of faculty to their academic experience.  
IISE feature: kaizen in the greenhouse

This month's member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers features the excellent work of the 2016 Tauber Sunset Project Team of Max Boykin, Eun Jung Shin, and Vivek Vijayan as a case study for the application of kaizen concepts.

Access IISE 'kaizen in the greenhouse' article > 
Tauber veterans:
Optimizing experience

"One of my earliest experiences in the army was when I deployed to Iraq and was tasked with planning the processing and distribution of emergency grants for over a thousand business owners who were affected by a large insurgent attack."
- Tauber student Alex Kim

He was proud to serve 8 years in the US Army, where his experiences demonstrated the importance of a strong operations background. Now Alex is employing his skills to optimize design at Ford Motor Company for his Tauber Team Project.
Join the next Tauber Turnout or Trek

We had a great time touring Boeing's Everett, WA facility on the latest Tauber Trek, and mingling and munching at Tauber Turnouts in Minneapolis and DC. We hope to see you at the next event!

Register for upcoming Tauber Turnout in Austin >
View more 2017 Tauber Turnout & Trek photos >
Refresh your education at Ross

Your Michigan degree has value for a lifetime. Refresh your education with the Executive Education course Global Supply Chain Innovation in a Changing Environment Sept. 11-15 in Ann Arbor. Tauber Ross alumni receive full tuition support through the Alumni Advantage Program. Other Tauber alumni receive half off tuition, and may apply for Tauber scholarships. Contact Alumni Relations Manager Laura Turner to learn more.
Executive Education info & registration >
Profs DeGraff & Duenyas discuss the course > 
Tauber solutions:
Forecasting for rapid growth

The Challenge:  Support an ambitious growth plan for an Indonesian conglomerate by evaluating forecasting and inventory management, identifying critical areas of improvement, designing solutions, and implementing them.

The Solution: The 2016 Tauber Gunung Sewu Team designed a multi-collaborative forecasting process to capture current business realities, then developed relevant simulation models. The team also proposed an inventory policy which could potentially reduce inventory investment by 77.55% and make the planning process more responsive to actual demand. Additionally, the team used linear programming to develop simulations to predict harvest and fruit size distribution, facilitating planning for both annual budgeting and monthly harvest planning.  
Knowledge when you need it

This summer, all Tauber project teams have 24/7 access to the Tauber Institute Data Science Series, which provides on-demand instructional videos by Michigan professors tailored to the data analysis challenges students face in the field. Plans are in the works to make the Data Science Series more widely available through the Tauber website.

More about the Tauber Data Science Series > 
Case studies: managing inventory

Tauber project advisor Eric Svaan has translated team project experiences into illuminating case studies to help students and working professionals understand inventory concepts, explore trade-offs involved in their management, and master tools for effective inventory decision-making.

View Tauber case studies from WDI publishing >
Tauber frenemies : Ford vs GM

Just because you're working for competing companies, doesn't mean you can't be friends!  2017 Team Ford and 2017 Team GM recently enjoyed a lunch break together in Detroit.
Michigan Lean Consortium in Traverse City

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.

More info & registration >
IISE 2017 conference photos

Tauber Institute staff had a great time at this year's IISE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. Were you or your colleagues there? Check out the photos from the 2017 conference - and we'll see you in at the 2018 IISE Annual Conference in Orlando!
Tauber Team PepsiCo:
A Tale of Two Cities

"Our massive undertaking for the summer highlights not only the trust that elite organizations like PepsiCo put in the Tauber Institute but also the belief that Tauber has that its students can deliver on these lofty goals."
- Tauber student Maaz Khalid

They're doing a great job, and having a great time doing it!  Tauber Team PepsiCo has been working hard in White Plains - and playing even harder in New York City.
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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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 Toyota Production System concepts. 
Buy Rate Lean: Fast >
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Show your spirit

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