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Michigan Ross Students Honored at 2023 Tauber Institute Spotlight! Event

2023 Tauber Spotlight! Honorees

Graduate students from the Ross School of Business were among the award and scholarship recipients at this year’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations 2023 Spotlight! Team Project Showcase and Scholarship Competition.

For the 14 preceding weeks, teams consisting of business and engineering graduate students developed projects focused on operations solutions for 15 global companies like Amazon, Boeing, and Ford Motor Co. The team projects returned a projected financial savings of $820.3 million and improvements in areas such as carbon dioxide emissions, energy consumption, and throughput time.

Student teams presented their projects to a panel of distinguished judges from diverse industries. This year’s winners were:

Abrajeedhan Srilatha, MBA ‘24, and Griffin Riley, BBA ‘23 /MSCM ‘24, took second place for their project, which focused on creating a connected view of global capacity by developing a standard rough cut capacity planning model for Modine Manufacturing.

“This experience was fantastic,” said Srilatha. “Over the summer we got to travel to different facilities, including one international trip. This has given me a very positive impression of corporate America and motivates me to keep learning and growing. Professionally, I learned a lot about business operations, and I am eager and ready to take the next step in my career.”

Each year, the Tauber Alumni Board presents two students with scholarships recognizing them for their leadership and involvement in institute activities. This year, Maria Guerrero, MBA ’24, was selected as one of the winners. She worked with Becton, Dickinson and Co., focusing on analyzing the current process, identifying pain points, and proposing process/tool improvements to improve demand forecasting.

“My personal mantra is to 'lead by example and pay it forward,' and I aimed to be a thoughtful leader within the Tauber community who supported others,” said Guerrero.

Guerrero credits her experiences with the Tauber Institute for helping her grow as a professional both inside and outside of the classroom. 

“Through classroom discussions and with the Tauber summer project experience, I have bridged my supply chain knowledge gap to be a leader that values continuous learning and innovation,” said Guerrero.

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