IMSE student selected for honor scholarship
“Industrial engineering is different than other engineering disciplines,” said Wade Foster, a May graduate from the College of Engineering’s IMSE program. “It gave me the opportunity to study broad applications in process related engineering that will allow me to work in almost any field, which is great for someone like me who doesn’t know exactly what I want to go into.”
Foster just learned that he is the recipient of a $1,500 Lift Manufacturers Product Section Honor Scholarship from the Material Handling Industry of America’s Education Foundation. He will use the funds to turn his bachelor’s degree into a dual degree in industrial engineering with a master’s in business through a collaborative five-year program with MU’s Trulaske College of Business.
“I think Wade is a very capable and talented student, certainly with a lot of potential,” wrote advisor and sponsor Luis Occena, an associate professor and interim chairman of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, in his letter of recommendation. “Recently his interest seems to move towards operations research, which is the more mathematical side of our field, and his ambition is to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in that area.”
The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting material handling education. They offer a variety of scholarships funded through private and corporate donations that may ultimately lead students to careers within the industry and in teaching and research.
This summer Foster is working two jobs, one with Ideaworks, a company that develops qualitative text analysis software. The other is an internship/research project with Boeing through Jim Noble, associate professor in industrial engineering, looking at energy utilization in a supply chain.
“I’m very thankful for help paying for school,” said Foster, adding that the dual degree will give him an even broader range of tools to work with.