Tauber Institute Shines Spotlight on Summer Student Projects :: Video

9/25/2012 --

Business and engineering students show how they put theory into practice, saving companies money and time.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Action-based learning is a hallmark of the Ross School, and paid summer projects through the Tauber Institute for Global Operations are where business and engineering students apply their knowledge in the real world.

This summer, more than 80 students from Ross and U-M's College of Engineering worked at companies such as The Boeing Co., Cisco Systems Inc., and Whirlpool Corp., to solve specific operations challenges. The 35 teams presented their cost-saving and efficiency improvement plans at the Sept. 14 Spotlight event, where they also competed for scholarship money.

In this video, sponsors, students, and the winning team talk about their experiences.

The winning teams this year were:

First place: Dot Gregg, MBA '13, and Kevin Shallcross, BSE-CHE and MSE-IOE, for their work on fuel nozzle repair and overhaul at Woodward Inc. Both received a $5,000 scholarship.

Second Place: Scott Foreman, MBA '13; Steven Kovalck, MBA '13; and Nisarg Patel, MSE-IOE, for their work on a supplier risk-monitoring system at Boeing Parts and Assemblies. Each received a $4,000 scholarship.

Third Place: Harshavardhan Ravula, MSCM '12, and Justin Moyer, BSE, MsE, for their work with Great Giant Pineapple's production scheduling, planning, and product optimization. Both received a $3,000 scholarship.

Honorable Mention: Kelly Neuman, MBA '13; Mitchell Adler, BSE-CSE, MsE; and Ayush Mathur, BSE-BME, MSE-BME, for their work on production system reports and metrics at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Each student received a $2,000 scholarship.

Honorable Mention: Marie Moreno, MBA '13, and Gerald Lou, BSE, MSE, for their work with high-speed core balancing machine utilization at BorgWarner Turbo HSCB.

— Terry Kosdrosky

For more information, contact:
Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502, terrykos@umich.edu