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Michigan Impact

Western Michigan
2012 Fall Issue


U-M’s impact on the state — and your region

Michigan Impact provides county-by-county, regional and statewide looks at how the University of Michigan is impacting the mitten state. From the number of students enrolled at U-M who come from our state (and the financial aid we provide) to the people we employ, to the Michigan companies we use to run our three campuses, the clickable maps offer information on our economic reach. Also featured are news highlights from both statewide and regional perspectives.

Holland company involved in two U-M spinoffs

The Slikkers family has been making waves in the boating world for more than half a century—first with superbly crafted wooden boats, and more recently with innovative composite materials made at its Holland, Michigan-based company. The Slikkers family started S2 Yachts to produce sailboats, and in 2007, the S2 management team made a strategic decision to diversify beyond marine products.

And thus was born Energetx Composites. "We're still a boat manufacturer and intend to remain so for a long time to come," says S2 Product Design Manager Richard Eggerding. "But we're also a composites company, and our design, engineering and assembly capabilities are especially applicable to the renewable energy industry."

S2 Yachts has a longstanding relationship with the University of Michigan, both as a recruiter of naval architects and mechanical engineers, and as a corporate partner.

It's a relationship that continues to evolve. And, Energetx is following suit. Currently, Energetx is engaged in projects with two U-M spinoffs: FlexSys, Inc. which produces adaptive wing segments and wind turbine blades, and Michigan Aerospace Corporation, a developer of high-performance systems for atmospheric measurement.
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UMHS forms two innovative health organizations in Western Michigan

To help community hospitals and physicians stay independent and strong despite radical changes in health care, the U-M Health System has led the formation of two innovative organizations based in West Michigan: the Pennant Health Alliance and the Physician Organization of Michigan.

Pennant, which includes hospitals in Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Muskegon, and other communities, and POM, which includes physicians across the western part of the state, help independent health care providers adapt to changes in electronic health records, health care quality assessment and reimbursement. U-M doctors also help provide continuing medical education to help doctors stay up-to-date in their knowledge.
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Students at Zeeland’s Woodward, Inc. Win Competition

It was a day of discovery at the 19th Annual Spotlight! competition this fall at the Ross School of Business, as 35 Tauber teams made up of MBA, master of Supply Chain Management and College of Engineering students presented the results of their summer projects and competed for more than $30,000 in scholarship awards. The teams, represented by 83 students and 51 faculty at 28 sponsoring companies around the world, worked in sectors including manufacturing and supply chain, health care, energy, technology and logistics to uncover solutions to real-life issues.

Taking top honors was the Woodward, Inc. team of Dot Gregg, MBA ‘13, and Kevin Shallcross, EGL ‘13, who spent their summer in Zeeland, working to leverage process improvement, demand forecasting, and materials planning to reduce the company’s turnaround time for aircraft fuel nozzle repair and overhaul. They received a scholarship award of $5,000 each and were presented with the “check” by Joel Tauber.

Woodward, Inc.’s Aircraft Turbine Systems business group engaged the Tauber team to position its operations to support anticipated growth by reducing turn-around time (TAT) on commercial fuel nozzle repair. The company aims to improve service and to expand its presence in the segment focused on energy solutions for commercial and military aircraft propulsion. The solutions Gregg and Shallcross proposed are expected to reduce average TAT by 73 percent and drive the 95th percentile TAT down from almost four weeks to less than two weeks. In addition, by introducing improved flow, the proposed changes reduce the processing time for a complete engine set of nozzles by 40 percent, balance utilizations, and increase efficiency for CF34-8 and V2500 repairs by 162 percent and 114 percent respectively.

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and many industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantageSM Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings.
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