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Awards and presentations showcase Mizzou at CELDi symposium

Molly Laird holds up her certificate and poses with three faculty members.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering undergraduate Molly Laird earned the CELDi Outstanding Undergraduate Student Achievement Award for her outstanding research done on behalf of the organization. Laird is advised by IMSE Professor and CELDi Director Jim Noble (right) and IMSE Assistant Professor Ron McGarvey (second from right). Photo courtesy of Jim Noble.

The Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) held its Spring Industrial Research Symposium recently, and a Mizzou undergraduate took home a prestigious award.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering undergraduate Molly Laird earned the CELDi Outstanding Undergraduate Student Achievement Award for her outstanding research done on behalf of the organization. Laird is advised by IMSE Professor and CELDi Director Jim Noble and IMSE Assistant Professor Ron McGarvey.

“Molly has contributed significantly to CELDi and the Boeing project in particular over the past three years, so much so that upon graduation she is starting with them full-time this summer,” Noble said.

CELDi, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, was founded in 2002 to pair academic partners with member companies to solve those companies’ needs in the areas of logistics and distribution system design. Mizzou Engineering’s CELDi site, comprised of faculty from MU’s Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments, is one of five current academic partners.

The biannual Industrial Research Symposia pull faculty members and students from university partners and leaders from member companies together for a variety of events, including research presentations, keynote speeches, student poster competitions, mentoring sessions and more. McGarvey joined Randolph Bradley of Boeing to give a presentation on how Mizzou CELDi and Boeing have worked together on optimal inventory segmentation.

“This year’s symposium had some great presentations. McGarvey and Bradley did a great job of  making a presentation that shows the impact that our project will have on Boeing’s supply chain,” Noble explained. “Virginia Tech did a very good job of getting excellent presentations from industry leaders. All attendees, industry, faculty and students benefited.”

The event also included keynote presentations from John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna, and Alan Amling, the vice president of corporate strategy for UPS. Attendees also had the opportunity to take a tour of Backcountry.com’s distribution center.

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