TAUBER INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER                                          view web version                                                                  JULY 2008

Upcoming Tauber Institute Events - Fall 2008

Spotlight! 2008
September 12, 2008
Spotlight! is a competitive presentation of operations and manufacturing solutions developed by Tauber students during their 14-week summer Team Projects. This year, 20 teams will showcase their project results and compete for over $36,000 in academic scholarships. View the list of 2008 project sponsors and locations.

Tauber Leadership Speaker Series: David Haft, Group VP for Sustainability and Productivity, Frito-Lay
October 2, 2008 at 5 pm

2nd Annual Global Operations Conference
November 7, 2008

Integrated Product Development (IPD) Trade Shows
November 26 - December 2, 2008: Online trade show and voting at www.tauber.umich.edu
December 3, 2008: On-campus trade show at The Gallery, Duderstadt Center, North Campus

Check the Tauber website for event updates: www.tauber.umich.edu, or contact us at tauber.info@umich.edu.

New OMS Department Chair at Ross

IzakThe Tauber Institute wishes to congratulate Professor Izak Duenyas for being named Chairman of the Operations and Management Science (OMS) Department. Professor Duenyas recently served as an associate dean for the Ross School of Business and has been awarded the Executive MBA Teaching Award by Ross students and the "Researcher of the Year" award by the Ross School.

Professor Duenyas steps into the shoes most recently filled by Professor Bill Lovejoy since 1995.

During his tenure as Department Chairman, Professor Lovejoy elevated the status of the OMS Department to a #4 national ranking in 2005 by the Wall Street Journal. He has also taught the highly renowned Integrated Product Development (IPD) course, and in the last few years led the effort to incorporate students from the School of Art & Design to the IPD teams to focus on the aesthetics of products. Most recently, the IPD course has enjoyed coverage by CNN, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Professor Lovejoy will now be able to focus more time on his current research interests - managing across functional boundaries, innovation, and health care - and, of course, continue to teach the IPD class.

We thank Professor Lovejoy for his years of service as Department Chair and wish Professor Duenyas the best of luck in his new appointment.

Tauber Alumni-Student Networking Events

he Networking Committee of the Tauber Alumni Board (TAB) has facilitated several exciting regional networking events this summer. Bringing together alumni and current students working on their Team Projects, the events have also been attended by CoE and Ross faculty advisors, Tauber Co-Directors, and members of the Tauber Industry Advisory Board (IAB).  More events are in the planning!
Minneapolis, MN - June 26, 2008
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Attending a great networking dinner in downtown Minneapolis were Co-Director Roman Kapuscinski, Tauber IAB member Bob Kupbens (Target), alum Marco Gutierrez (MBA '03), and two students on the Target project, Alan Chang (MBA ’09) and Xing Tai Loy (MSE-IOE ’08).

Phoenix Area: Chandler, AZ - June 26, 2008

Front (l-r): Ted O'Leary (Ross), Jaime Olaiz (MBA '09), Chris Spears (MSE-IOE '98), Jim Kellso (Intel), Dan Nathan-Roberts (PhD-IOE ‘12), Andrew Lesko (MSE-IOE '09), Sarah Forrer, and Alan Woodliff (Tauber).

Back (l-r): Judy Jin (CoE), John Berry (MEng '95), Marc Conkle (MBA/MS-IOE '06), Elizabeth Conkle, Irving Liimatta (MBA '05), and Trisha Liimatta.

Phoenix Area

SoCal: El Segundo, CA - June 28, 2008

Left to right:
Alan Woodliff (Tauber), Manny Chavarria (MBA '09), Mark Panetta (MBA '95), James Shuster (MSE-CSE '10), Amit Shah (MSE-IOE '06), and Cassie Walls (MSE-IOE '07).

Seattle, WA - July 9, 2008

Front (l-r): Gene Lambert (MBA ’02), Rebecca Wylie (MBA ’08), Ravi Anupindi (Ross), Stephanie Fidler (MSE-IOE ’06), Karen Putterman (MBA/MS-Natural Resources ’07), and Lindsay Parker (MSE-IOE ’09).

Back (l-r):
Bart Hoemann (MBA ’00), Joel Raup (MBA/MS-IOE ’03), Mutua Munavu (MEng ’05), Ivan Goenawan (MSE-IOE ’08), Katie Leikhim (MSE-IOE ’07), Michael Krautmann (MSE-IOE ’09), Sean Little (MSE-IOE ’09), and Vincent Chu (MBA ’09).

Not pictured: Adam Martin (MSE-IOE '02), Isaac Jacob (MBA/MS-IOE '06), and Jeff Wang (MBA '06).

Seattle Area

Bay Area

Bay Area: Palo Alto, CA - July 10, 2008

Left (front to back): Wajahat Abdulla (MEng ’99), Andy Aronson (MBA ‘00), Pankaj Agarwal (MBA ’96), Tanmay Aggarwal (MEng-Int. Microsystems ’09), Jenny Ni (MBA ’06, non-Tauber), Hyun-Soo Ahn (Ross), and Helen Xiao (MBA ’09).

Right (front to back): Larry Seiford (CoE), Mathieu Van Assche (MBA ’07), John Reilly (MBA ‘01), Miranda Olds (MSE-IOE ’08), Roman Kapuscinski (Tauber), Brian Carey (MBA ’00), and Sugi Sumali (MSE-IOE ’01).

Alumni Profile: Jennifer Tyler (Dual MBA/MSE '96)

Jennifer Tyler
It's a Dual Life for Tauber Alum Jennifer Tyler

Jennifer Tyler knows a thing or two about dual responsibilities. She can communicate with engineering and business executives alike; design products and motivate those who bring them to life; and conduct an interview while driving down the interstate. "We left Georgia a couple hours ago and are in Tennessee now, heading home to Michigan to visit friends and family," said Tyler while at the wheel with her family of four in tow.

As Plant Manager of Steelcase's Small Case Storage Facility in Atlanta, Tyler budgets her family time wisely, taking advantage of an opportunity to return "home" to recharge. Michigan is the place, after all, that started her on her career path and where she plans to relocate some day.


Alumni Profile: Eric Peltz (Dual MBA/MS-IOE '95)

Eric PeltzEric Peltz never imagined he'd be a Wolverine. The Atlanta-raised history buff had set his sights on the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at a young age. But after deciding to leave the Army and embark on a new career direction, it was the lure of a unique dual degree program that brought him to the University of Michigan and the Tauber Institute for Global Operations.

"West Point was my big dream from the time I was 10 years old. I loved the military and knew where I wanted to go," he said. But it could be said that it was his decision to attend UM to earn an MBA/MS-IOE degree after West Point and time in the service that helped him plot his professional course.


New Tauber Webmaster

The Tauber Institute welcomes back part-time Webmaster, Dylan Burkhardt, who worked with us last summer. Dylan is a BBA 2010 and just completed his sophomore year. He also works on the School of Education's website. Dylan is a native of Ann Arbor and a huge fan of Michigan basketball. Check out his blog at www.umhoops.com.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

For questions regarding this newsletter, please contact:

Paula Baker, Marketing & Alumni Manager


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