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The Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution in the Department of Industrial Engineering hosted its spring 2019 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting and Research Symposium at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK on April 17th and 18th. The CELDi meeting drew together faculty and students from three partner CELDi sites and industry leaders from membership companies.

Keynote presentations, Dr. Georgia-Ann Klutke, Program Director with the National Science Foundation and Mr. Mike George, CEO of AI Technologies, kicked off the meeting on Thursday morning.

The Industry representatives have become more involved, and are presenting alongside their university research teams.  Mr. Randolph Bradley of Boeing and Dr. Ronald McGarvey of the University of Missouri co-presented on Innovative Inventory Segmentation Strategies for Management of Service Parts.

Faculty research presentations are the focus of the meeting, with completed projects presented by the faculty researcher/primary investigator of the project.

This year’s Universities and Research Partners included:

  • Defense Logistics Agency,“Modeling the Bulk Petroleum Supply Chain,” University of Arkansas, Dr. Manuel Rossetti;
  • Medtronic, “Evaluation and Improvement of Cross-Docking Operations,” University of Arkansas, Dr. Shengfan Zhang;
  • Schneider Electric, “Optimizing Make-to-Order Inventory,” University of Missouri, Dr. Jim Noble;
  • J.B. Hunt, “A New Statistical Learning Method for Large-Scale Recurrence Data Under Big Data Environment,” University of Arkansas, Dr. Xiao Liu;
  • Daimler Trucks North America, “Job Sequencing Decision Support in a Mixed-Model Truck Assembly Line,” Oregon State University, Dr. Hector Vergara;
  • TranSET, “Online Freight Consolidation and it’s Impacts on Emission Reduction,” Oklahoma State University, Dr.Tieming Liu;
  • National Science Foundation, “Public Health Supply Chain Coordination,” Kansas State University, Dr. Jessica Heier-Stamm.

This year we included a Speed Mentoring Session. The objective is to provide CELDi students the opportunity to meet several industry representatives and gain professional insights from multiple perspectives in a short time period.

A reception and poster session was also held at the symposium. During the poster session, the students present their project posters to industry members and judges. Each poster is evaluated and remarks are submitted by the judges, the top student is receives an award.

Both students and industry leaders agree this dedicated time spent together allows them time to connect and learn from each other. This year, George “Eddie” Gallarno from the University of Arkansas won the poster competition. His poster, “Trade-off Analytics for Infrastructure Preservation” supported by MarTREC, Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center. Eddie’s advisor is Dr. Greg Parnell from the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

Each year CELDi recognizes one student as the outstanding student researcher. This year Bailey Washer, senior from the University of Missouri was recognized. Bailey has been a part of a research team with the Boeing Company, which has led to summer internships in both 2018 and 2019.

The meeting concluded with an industry tour at ASCO Aerospace, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The meeting, open to all industry members, invited guests, and faculty and students from partnering universities was a success. Some comments from attendees included:

“Great Opportunity to network, exchange idea and discuss common interests”

“Great to hear from a NSF representative in person”

“Great to understand where my peers research interests are focusing”

“Very informative and a great opportunity as industry partners to give back to the University and to the engineering students”

For more information on CELDi, contact Manuel Rossetti, CELDi director, rossetti@uark.edu, 479-575-6756. For more information the upcoming Spring 2020 conference, contact Sandy Sehon, sehon@uark.edu 479-575-7936.

The Center for Logistics and Distribution is an applied research and education consortium consisting of:

  • Several major research universities
  • More than 15 member organizations from commercial, military and government sectors of the economy