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Save the dates
Save the date for these upcoming opportunities to connect with Tauber students and alums:

May 12-13
Positive Business Conference at Ross

May 21-24
Meet Tauber at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo  
Tauber in the news
Read the Industry Week interview with Tauber Industry Director Ray Muscat: Shaping the Next Generation of Operations Leaders.

The Tauber Alumni Scholarship Fund supports students as they shape the future of Global Operations.
Your gifts will continue to attract the world's best students to Tauber.

Thank you to recent Tauber Victors for your generosity:
- Lisa VanLanduyt (MBA '10)

Demonstrate the power of the Tauber alumni network by helping students make a positive difference.  Every gift matters.  Give now.  

Tauber bloggers 
Bevin Mathew (MSCM '17) shares discussions about Ethical Leadership from the 2016 Tauber Leadership Forum on Tauber bloggers.
Wish you could have seen products in person at the live IPD Trade Show?  Check out this #UMSocial Snapchat story for a student-eye view of the scene!
2016 Tauber Community Service Day was a great success!  See Tauber students, staff, and Industry Advisory Board members helping good work go further when you visit Tauber on flickr.
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Voters chose to 'Go Zipless' with the Zip+ at the 2016 IPD Trade Show.  The magnetic zipper replacement allows users to easily fasten their outerwear with only one hand.
The voters have spoken!  All five products at the 2016 Integrated Product Design Trade Show proved popular - but  magnetic zipper replacement Zip+ took home the prize for total profit.

This year's challenge was to redesign an everyday device that normally requires two hands to be operable by only one hand.  Check out the other innovative student designs: mobile laundry basket kurv, dish washer scrubd, hand washer washable, and 'Peel it. Heal it.' bandage Vizi.  You can also see pictures of all five products being evaluated by voters at the live 2016 IPD Trade Show when you visit Tauber on flickr, watch a #UMSocial snapchat story filed the night of the show, or read more about the competition results.

New faculty members join Integrated Product Development
Stephanie Tharp_ associate professor_ STAMPS School of Art _ Design_ Gunalan Nadarajan_ Dean_ STAMPS School of Art _ Design_ Eric Svaan_ Lecturer of Technology and Operations_ Ross School of Business
Stephanie Tharp, associate professor, STAMPS School of Art & Design, pictured with STAMPS Dean Gunalan Nadarajan and Eric Svaan, Lecturer of Technology and Operations, at the 2016 IPD Trade Show.
"I am well aware of the long history of this program, and was thrilled to be asked to co-teach it this year. We definitely felt the pressure to deliver good results!"
Stephanie Tharp, associate professor, STAMPS School of Art & Design
New STAMPS Professor Stephanie Tharp joined Ross Lecturer Eric Svaan to teach the 2016 IPD course.  The instructors received extremely enthusiastic feedback this year, and their students were invited to present their products to the technology leadership team of Proctor & Gamble.
 Tauber Sponsor at INFORMS Conf. on Business Analytics & Op Research
2016 INFORMS Executive Forum sponsored by the Tauber Institute in Orlando, Florida.
On April 10 Tauber sponsored the Executive Forum of the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Approximately 100 executives at the Vice President level or higher joined us at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.
What a great evening! Great company, delicious nibbles and plenty to drink!
You can find us participating at these shows and events throughout the year by visiting
Tauber Faculty Honor 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year Award Winner
Kitty Van Bortel, 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year Award winner addresses the audience in Las Vegas
2016 TIME Dealer of the Year Kitty Van Bortel, President of Van Bortel Subaru in Victor, NY at the NADA Convention in Las Vegas.
Mary Catherine "Kitty" Van Bortel, President of Van Bortel Subaru, is the 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year.  A packed auditorium gave Van Bortel a standing ovation as she received the award from TIME and Ally Financial during the National Automobile Dealers Association's annual convention.
Tauber Institute faculty selected the 47th annual TIME Dealer of the Year Award finalists from each of the four NADA regions.  In appreciation, TIME and Ally have established an annual scholarship at Tauber.
Uber Director of Operations Research speaks at Tauber
Sam Eldersveld, Director of Operations Research at Uber
Uber Director of Operations Research Sam Eldersveld spoke to students at Tauber's End of Year dinner, prior to his keynote speech at the 2016 informs conference.
Uber Director of Operations Research Sam Eldersveld came home to Ann Arbor to share his thoughts with students at Tauber's annual End of Year Dinner.  
Some Tauber alumni may recognize Sam from his undergrad days at U-M.  Sam also grew up in Ann Arbor.  His father was a U-M professor, and served a term as city mayor.  
After attending U-M, Sam received a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford, and provided data science expertise for Boeing, Expedia, Redpoint, Starbucks, and Amazon, before joining Uber last June.
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Erik Knapp (BSE-IOE/MSE-IOE '17) maps out a new plan for Ann Arbor music venue The Ark while volunteering for Tauber Community Service Day 2016.
"...the collaborative spirit of the Institute, the focus on implementation rather than theory, and the opportunities for high-impact projects and connections, were just what I was looking for to expand my professional development."
- Erik Knapp (BSE-IOE/MSE-IOE '17) 
Erik Knapp is active in numerous campus organizations, including the EGL Honor Society, MECC Consulting Group, BLUElab, and CoE Honors and Tauber Student Advisory Boards.  Not what you expect from someone who used to be "incredibly shy!" 

 Tauber Alumni Board:  welcome new alumni & new students!
Tauber EoY Celebration Dinner 2016 EGL students 2015 _ 2016 projects
EGL students in 2015 & 2016 Tauber team projects celebrating their accomplishments at the Tauber End of Year Dinner.
Welcome New Alumni! 
We are welcoming fifty-seven new Tauber alumni to our growing alumni network.

Andrew Burgess (MBA '11) shares this advice: "Take on as many varied opportunities as you can early on; it only gets harder to diversify your skill set throughout your career. In concert with that, learning through failure is often much more beneficial than learning from successes, so give it a shot!" 
See what other alumni have to say, and share your advice with graduating students through the Tauber LinkedIn Group
Prospective Students Gain Insight From Alumni 
On the flip side, the Tauber Admissions team is hard at work shaping the next class of Tauber students.  A big thanks to the following Tauber alumni who showed their support by sharing their experiences during the Ross School of Business' annual admitted student weekend:
- Ben Ranta (MBA '15), Senior Associate, PWC
- Michael Rocket (SNRE, MBA '14), Senior Supply Chain Consultant, LLamasoft, Inc
- Andrew Romant (MBA '15), Corporate Leadership Dev. Prog., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 
- Amit Sharma (MBA'12), Strategy and Operations Consultant, Deloitte Consulting 
Interested in sharing your experiences with prospective students?
Contact Tauber Admissions Manager Laura Turner to get involved.  

Tauber Alumni Board  
President Andrew Burgess (MBA '11)
Mentorship Chair Joshua Ma (EGL BSE/MSE-IOE '15)
Networking Chair Jim Beaver (MSCM '12)
Scholarship Fund Chair Geoff Phillips (MBA '98)

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