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Kyle Dorge poses in the undergraduate laboratory.

The combination of his undergrad research, his internship and his student involvement earned Kyle Dorge a job with Bastion Solutions, a material handling integration firm.

There was no “ah-ha” moment in Kyle Dorge’s decision to choose industrial engineering as his major as a freshman engineering student at MU.

“I enjoyed math and physics, I took ENGR 1000 and [industrial and manufacturing systems engineering Professor] Dr. Noble had a pretty good sales pitch,” Dorge said about the decision.

Noble’s pitch turned into Dorge’s passion after the young man joined two reverse logistics research projects for Boeing through the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

“I could tell that Kyle was very capable and would be a great asset as an undergraduate researcher for CELDI,” Noble said.

Dorge said for the first project he worked on cutting costs when shipping broken parts to a variety of places for repairs.

“We looked at different modes of transportation like air and cargo ship,” he explained.

The other project looked at Boeing’s repair prioritization.

“With broken airplanes, it’s ‘which do we repair first?’ not first come, first serve. It’s looking at which are critical,” he said.

“A lot of times, if a part breaks, they’d prefer to have it on hand,” Dorge said. “We looked at demand rates and freight hours.

Dorge’s success on these CELDi research projects for Boeing earned him an internship with the aircraft manufacturing giant where he gained experience using two different tools — an inventory analysis tool to determine the optimal levels [of repair parts] at military bases and a risk analysis tool for supply chain operations.

The combination of his undergrad research, his internship and his student involvement earned him job with Bastion Solutions, a material handling integration firm.

“They look for ways to implement new technologies and automation in production and distribution systems,” Dorge said of his new employer. “It’s a consulting firm that helps with efficiency.”

A family friend working in the company’s St. Louis office contacted him and asked him to stop by the booth at engineering’s career fair.

“A couple of rounds of interviews and here I am,” he said.

In addition to his commitment to undergraduate research, Dorge was involved in a host of additional activities as an MU Engineering student. He has been a member of the engineering student council (MESC) since his freshman year. At the Boys and Girls Club chili cook-off fundraiser this year, his team took first place. He also hosted a MESC partnership trip to Johnson Shut-Ins for trail maintenance and worked at the Mid-Missouri Food Bank packaging food.

“I’ve really been big into Mizzou Alternative Spring Breaks,” Dorge said. “I’ve done two winter trips, one international trip to Nicaragua and a weekend trip. I was a site leader twice.”

The graduating senior said he has very much enjoyed working on the CELDi projects with Noble and IMSE Assistant Professor Ron McGarvey, who has a joint appointment in the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. And he’s looking forward to what the future has in store for him.

“I’m not done with education but I’m not sure what route I want to take,” he said. “Maybe an MBA or a master’s in sustainable engineering.”

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