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March 2018
2018 Team Project Kickoff

This year's team projects are underway!  Tauber is pleased to strengthen relationships with continuing sponsors Amazon, Boeing, BorgWarner, Cummins, Dow, Ford, Fresenius, General Mills, GM, Microsoft, Pepsi, PG&E, Stanley Black & Decker, Target, and Whirlpool - and excited to begin new partnerships this year with IDEX, Mayo Clinic, Principal Financial, Spacelabs, and Stoneridge.
Learn more about the 2018 Tauber Team Projects >
Ross and CoE rank high in 2019

In  U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings for 2019, the U-M College of Engineering earned 4th place among the Best Engineering Schools  and the Ross School of Business placed 7th among the Best Business Schools . U-M graduate specialty programs ranked individually by U.S. News & World Report also earned high rankings, including 2nd for Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering and 3rd for Production/Operations MBA .
More about the latest rankings >
The Winter 2018 Integrated Product Development Challenge:
Technology to Maintain Senior Health
  • Visualize a very healthy, active, and independent senior (age 55 or older).
  • Consider the IPD products, and how each could improve a senior's health maintenance and health outcomes.
  • Decide how you would spend up to $250 of IPD money on the products.
Brian Denton named next IOE chair

Industrial and Operations Engineering professor Brian Denton will be the next chair of the department, effective September 1. Denton says, "I'm looking forward to developing our expertise in areas at the interface of our profession with statistics, computer science, and human behavior, for example. We will continue to grow the department and strengthen the already strong connections we have across the university and through our national and global collaborations."
Read more about Brian Denton and his plans for IOE >
2018 TIME Dealer of the Year announced

On March 23, Jack Salzman of Lake Norman Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-RAM received the 49th annual TIME Dealer of the Year award during the National Automobile Dealers Association's 101st annual convention. The TIME Dealer of the Year has become the most respected award in its industry. A panel of Tauber Institute faculty chooses TIME Dealer of the Year finalists from each of the four NADA regions based on their business practices and community service. In appreciation, TIME and Ally have established an annual Tauber scholarship.
Learn more about the award and the 2018 winner > 
Welcome new IAB members!

Andy Miller of Microsoft and David Horing of American Securities join representatives of 30 of the world's top corporations as members of the Tauber Industry Advisory Board. The IAB cultivates operations leaders by supporting Tauber's experiential learning mission.
View bios of all current IAB members >
Inspired by IPD:
Kevin Zhou continues to create

"Can-do attitude is definitely a great asset I gained from Tauber Institute. As we all experienced, both our summer project and our IPD project are under extremely challenging timelines.... At the end, we delivered the desired results in both projects and made the impossible possible."

Kevin Zhou (MEng '06) is now Vice President of Asia Pacific Operations at The Fountainhead Group. Inspired by the Integrated Product Development course, Kevin continues to nurture his creative side, developing a patented children's iPAD holder!
Positive Links: costs of constant connection
Michigan Ross - April 3

The Tauber Institute is a proud sponsor of the Positive Links Speaker Series, organized by the Ross Center for Positive Organizations. Coming up, Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia will describe new findings from the UBC Happy Lab that indicate being constantly connected to the internet may carry hidden costs for individuals and organizations.
More information & registration > 
Meet up with Tauber at INFORMS
Business Analytics in Baltimore - April 15-17

Join us! Tauber Industry Director Ray Muscat, Engineering Co-Director Larry Seiford, and Marketing Manager Theresa Ceccarelli will attend the 2018 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Baltimore, where the Tauber Institute will sponsor the Executive Forum.
More information & registration >
Tauber Leadership Speaker Series
Michigan Ross - April 17

The  Tauber Leadership Speaker Series  is a student-organized initiative to bring industry leaders to the University of Michigan. On April 17, we welcome Serhat Unsal, Chief Executive Officer of Dawn Foods, who will lead a highly interactive discussion.
More information >
Recharge at the Positive Business Conference
Michigan Ross - May 10-11

The annual Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference presents new ideas to energize and inspire you to drive positive change in your organization. Join us May 10-11 in Ann Arbor!
More information & registration >
2018 Tauber International Spring Break Trek
Tauber bloggers: 
Autostadt & Butterflies

Tauber 1 student Ziyan Xu's favorite part of the Tauber International Spring Break Trek to Germany was the famed Autostadt (Auto City): "We were amazed by the interplay between human and machine, breathing in the automotive history whilst experiencing state-of-the-art production at the Wolfsburg factory, where the legendary Beetle was once produced.... For someone like me who wants to work in the automotive manufacturing industry, this tour makes you rethink the challenges and complexity of building and managing an auto production plant."
  More photos from Tauber Trek Germany >

Tauber 2 student Maaz Khalid reflects: "It was not too long ago I was writing my last blog entry in the midst of my Tauber project at PepsiCo in New York. I was a young and innocent Tauber 1 back then but now, much like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon, find myself a Tauber 2 on the verge of graduating in less than a month.... that won't be the last butterfly reference in this blog. Consider yourself warned."
Maaz takes butterflies to a whole new level >
Tauber donates operations expertise

On March 23, Tauber students, staff, faculty, and IAB members donated their time and talent to Ann Arbor nonprofits for Community Service Day. Teams helped solve operations issues at Community Action Network, Food Gatherers, Ronald McDonald House, and the Salvation Army.
See more 2018 Community Service Day photos >
More about Tauber Community Service Day >
Leadership Forum examines business ethics

On March 21, Tauber students met with senior managers from Boeing, DTE Energy, General Motors, and Microsoft to discuss a tough topic - Business Ethics. Students voted on three main areas to discuss: preserving jobs in the age of automation, fostering collaborative supplier relations, and corporate responsibility to our society and environment. Ross Associate Dean for Business+Impact Jerry Davis also contributed to the panel discussion, which was moderated by Ross Business Law and Ethics Professor Norman Bishara.
Learn more about the Leadership Forum panel >

2018 Tauber Student Advisory Board
SAB hosts Industry & Career panel

On March 12, the Tauber Student Advisory Board presented an Industry & Career alumni panel. The interactive session encouraged students to learn more about alumni, their Tauber experience, and emerging trends in operations and technology. Many thanks to alumni panelists Ozgun Ataman, Rohit Panchanadikar, Crosby Steiner, and Judy Xu!

Learn more about the alumni panel >
Tauber Team Microsoft Incentives - Eva Xia (MBA), Mira Sun (EGL BSE/MSE- IOE), & Rob Todd (MBA) - at the 2016 Kickoff Dinner
Tauber Solutions:
Reimagining Microsoft's
Incentive Program

The Problem: As Microsoft transitions from on-premises to cloud solutions, thus increasing the incentive landscape complexity, it becomes more challenging to measure behaviors and provide timely and accurate accrual.
The Solution: The 2016 Tauber Microsoft Incentives team focused on the Online Service Usage and Advisor Sell incentive programs while considering other online programs including Azure, Cloud Service Providers and Syndication for future expansion. The team interviewed stakeholders in the end-to-end accrual process and mapped out the full end-to-end process while identifying several common challenges faced by all team members, and hosted a Kaizen event to brainstorm opportunities and prioritize the implementation of solutions. The team anticipated implementing two platforms they developed will result in over $310k per year in labor savings by eliminating manual process steps and rework, and estimated an additional $35M savings per year in forecast accuracy improvements.
Visit Tauber on flickr: Celebrate!

Students, staff, faculty, and friends gathered at Weber's Inn on March 22 to celebrate at Tauber's annual End of Year dinner. Congratulations to our students on their many accomplishments!
Visit Tauber on flickr to see more photos >
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.
Buy Rate Lean: Fast >
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