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June 2018
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Save-the-Date for 2018 SPOTLIGHT!

Get ready for Tauber Institute 25th anniversary celebrations at 2018 SPOTLIGHT!  There will be special events on Thursday, September 13, followed by the annual SPOTLIGHT! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition on Friday, September 14.
"Until about 10 years ago, good risk managers were primarily concerned with making good loans. Today, good intent is no longer enough, 'great execution' is now an essential part of the job." 
Tauber alumnus Sajal Agarwal (MSE-IOE '02) has made his career seeking perfection in financial analytics, and now is Vice President of Banking Products, Risk at SoFi. But while dealing daily with the billions of data points that describe consumer choices, he never forgets the "real customer" on the other side of every transaction.
Upcoming multischool events

Know someone considering graduate studies? Our admissions team is hosting Future Leadership MBA + Engineering multischool events in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco!  Learn about the unique aspects of four business + engineering programs in one evening.
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Michigan remains top U.S. public university

In the QS World University rankings released this month, the University of Michigan once again is the highest ranked U.S. public university, placed at #20 among the world's universities. The ranking includes more than 950 universities in 85 countries, and relies on six factors: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international faculty, and proportion of international students.
Prof Bozer talks robots, fast food, & more

A former Tauber Co-Director and a favorite team project advisor, IOE Professor Bozer's most recent work includes device dispatching in trip-based material handling systems, intra-facility patient transport in large hospitals, order picking systems in online retailing, service parts distribution centers, and food supply networks in multi-node settings such as fast food chains and pizza outlets.
Case study: upcycling ocean plastics

The 2017 Dell Tauber team project supplied the scenario for a new case study by Ross professors  Ravi Anupindi and Andy Hoffman. You can experience the challenges tackled by the 2017 first place Spotlight! award winners Allison Ward (EGL BSE/MSE & MSE/IOE) and Dan Partin (MBA & Master of Environment and Sustainability '19) through Dell: Upcycling Ocean Plastics Through Supply Chain Innovation, now available from WDI Publishing.
Research from our faculty advisors

Check out the latest re search at Michigan Experts. Tauber engineering advisor Kira Barton was a member of the research team that presented "Production as a service: A centralized framework for small batch manufacturing" at the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering in Xi'an. 
Tauber IAB news: new talent at Tesla

Tauber Industry Advisory Board President Sanjay Shah is joining Tesla as the Senior Vice President of Energy Operations, responsible for worldwide deployment and operations of Tesla's energy products, including Solar, Powerwall and Powerpack. Sanjay has more than twenty years of experience in operations, manufacturing, supply chain and engineering. Prior to his new position, Sanjay was Vice President of North American Fulfillment Centers for Amazon.

Tauber solutions: Increasing agility for General Mills

The challenge: Variability has increasingly impacted customer service performance and cost, but the cumulative nature of these impacts is only partially understood by supply chain stakeholders. In order to better serve its customers, General Mills seeks to understand where its supply chain lacks resiliency against variability, and how supply chain robustness can be quantified, monitored, and improved in order to support General Mills' shift toward agility.
The solution: The 2017 Tauber team identified four primary sources of variability, then quantified the current impacts of these sources on the supply chain, identified key variability tolerances across supply chain functions, and recommended a decision-making methodology to improve customer service and reduce costs. After adoption of the new decision-making methodology by the General Mills snacks team, the Tauber team anticipates potential savings between $20-25M per fiscal year related to reduced inventory and more accurate forecasting. As the methodology is adopted across different divisions at General Mills, business-wide potential savings may exceed $210M. In addition, the Supply Chain Analytics team at General Mills is using the Tauber team's deliverables in determining actionable areas of supply chain strengthening.
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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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