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IPD: save the date
Thought you missed the Annual Integrated Product Development Trade Show?  Never fear, the course is offered Winter Term this year!

Save the date for this year's IPD Trade Show:  April 6, 2016.

Since 2008, Tauber
Institute programs have grown by over 50%, increasing the need for student support. 

Donate online to the Tauber Alumni Scholarship Fund. 
Your gift will help Tauber students continue to be the leaders and the best!

Many thanks to supporters of the Tauber Alumni Scholarship Fund:
Andrew Burgess
Russell Clayton
Bonnie Chang
Diana Crossley
Robert Culver
Brian Forster
Dave Holliday
Jiman Kim
Ashley Merritt
David Olson
Geoffrey Phillips
Kwok Poon
Joel Raup
John & Cynthia Reilly
Gregory Swender
Raymond Wacek
Raghav Wate
John Woo
Alan Woodliff
Nov 2015 Tauber Networking Module
Nov 2015 Tauber Networking Module
Nov 2015 Tauber Networking Module
Introducing the new Tauber Networking Module, much more than a meet and greet!

View more photos of Tauber students and alumni in action, the GOC, SPOTLIGHT!, and other Tauber events on our flickr page.

Keep connected with your fellow alums.
Update your info and share your latest adventures on the Tauber website.

New Industry Director Muscat joins Tauber leadership team
Tauber's Co-Director Team:  (L to R) Engineering Director Larry Seiford, Business Director Amitabh Sinha, and Industry Director Ray Muscat.
New Industry Director Ray Muscat is a longtime friend of the Tauber Institute.  A U-M alum, Ray is the Chair of the U-M IOE Academic Advisory Board, has served on the CoE Alumni Society Board, and has lectured and consulted on the application of Lean principles at U-M, Michigan Lean Consortium, American Manufacturing Strategies Summit, and for State of Michigan employees.

Learn more about Ray's distinguished corporate career, which includes global experience in Automotive, Defense Electronics, Aerospace and Office Furniture industries.

Dr. Matt Potoff demonstrates Lean principles by solving problems in real-time scenarios.
"Come experience Lean as it was meant to be experienced:  live on the shop floor and solving problems in real time."
- Professor Matt Potoff
   The U-M Operations Leadership Factory

Professor Potoff teaches highly successful hands-on workshops for "Lean Leaders" on the front lines of operations.  Now he introduces "Managing the Lean Enterprise" to address the needs of senior managers responsible for sustaining a culture of continuous improvement.

Learn more about how Dr. Potoff's Operations Leadership Factory workshops give managers both the skills and the confidence to implement Lean.

 Tauber deliverables: optimized productivity, safety, and savings
The 2015 Tauber PG&E Team on site: (L to R) Luyi Chen (MSE-IOE '15), Sneha Venkatachalam (MBA '16), and Zachary Duncan (MBA '16)
Following the San Bruno, CA gas pipeline explosion, PG&E made major advancements in revamping its pipeline maintenance and operations.  As part of the effort to continue improvement, PG&E charged its 2015 Tauber team to evaluate corrosion workflow.  One aspect of the students' reorganization freed approximately 1,200 hours per supervisor annually. This time could now be better spent on critical field crew management.

Read how the team delivered a pilot program that forecasts nearly $2.7 million in savings for PG&E.

GE Aviation's Greg Morris delivered a keynote address exploring how additive manufacturing revolutionizes development of complex high-performance products.
Tauber's 9th Annual Global Operations Conference addressed how savvy leaders are "Disrupting the Competitive Landscape through Operations."  Featured speakers included GE Aviation Leader of Additive Technologies Greg Morris and LLamasoft Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Toby Brzoznowski. 

Read highlights of the GOC keynote addresses and panel discussions.

Dennis Kouo's management mantra is "people first"
Dennis Kouo with the 2011 Boeing Tauber Team.
(L to R: Dennis, Gordon Chan, Hanni Saab, Matthew Parkinson, Daniel Ficek, and Dave Woodward)
"People first.... the expectation of a good manager is that you properly leverage the strengths of your team - whether you are acting as the coach or the cheerleader."
- Dennis Kouo (MSE-ME '09)

Since graduating, Tauber alum Dennis Kouo has explored a wide range of manufacturing and management issues through Boeing's Operations Leadership Rotation Program, and now works with Boeing Defense's Supply Chain Strategy team as a specialist in international sourcing.  Catch up with Dennis Kouo.

Sam Edandison (JD-MBA '17)
"There are times when people just hold themselves back, and I hate to see it.  I want to push them forward and say 'Go!  Jump off the cliff!  I'll show you that it's okay!'"
- Sam Edandison (JD-MBA '17)

Throughout his life, Tauber student Sam Edandison has embraced new experiences and capitalized on opportunities, and now he helps others do the same.

Follow Sam's remarkable journey from Nigeria to the Bronx, to the Dartmouth College Rugby Club, to Michigan Law and the Ross School of Business... all the way to his Tauber Team Project at Raytheon.

Tauber Alumni Board member update
Alumni Scholarships at SPOTLIGHT! 2015
Geoff Phillips (MBA '98) - Scholarship:
- The 6th annual Alumni Scholarship will be awarded at SPOTLIGHT! 2016.

Joshua Ma (EGL '15) - Mentorship:
- A mentorship pilot is underway with plans to include all students in Spring 2016.

Jim Beaver (MSCM '12) - Networking:
- Events are in the works for Summer 2016 at many of our team project locations.

Happy holidays from everyone at Tauber
As we reflect on 2015, the Tauber faculty and staff are thankful for the contributions of each member of our ever-growing network of educators, students, alumni, and friends.

We wish you joyful celebrations with loved ones, and a peaceful and prosperous new year.  Happy holidays!