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IMSE quartet takes third in MHI Design Competition

A quartet of current and former students from the MU Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department had a strong showing in the 2016-17 Material Handling Institute (MHI) Design Competition.

Austin Laramie, Rohith Madhi Reddy, Keith Schonhoff and Roderick Timmons and their adviser, Mohamed Awwad, finished third behind Montana State and the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event was sponsored by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education, and teams were judged based on their analysis and design of material handling systems and their presentation skills.

The team earned $1,000 to split among its members and $500 for the IMSE Department for their third-place finish. Awwad, a former MU IMSE assistant teaching professor currently at the State University of New York at Buffalo, also can attend the MODEX 2018 expo in Atlanta thanks to the team’s third-place result.

Laramie and Reddy are currently IMSE graduate students, and Timmons is a senior in the program. Schonhoff graduated in May and currently works for Cerner Health in Kansas City, Mo.