IMSE spreads knowledge through two seminar series

A group of people sits around a conference table looking at a TV.

The MU IMSE team listens to a presentation from the team at Missouri-St. Louis.

The Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department kicked off two different seminar series this fall, with the goal of repeating them each semester.

Mizzou IMSE began a three-part eLogistics seminar with Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Western Cape in South Africa, and this series will conclude with a presentation by UWC on Nov. 29. In addition, the Mizzou Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) site hosted a trio of speakers in October who discussed a variety of logistics- and supply chain-related topics.

The eLogistics series was born out of a visit IMSE Professor Jim Noble took to the University of Western Cape in March of this year to aid their development of an eLogistics program. MU and UWC have a faculty exchange program in place with the goal of promoting cooperation in teaching, research and service.

“One of the action items we took out my trip was to create more of an eLogistics community and connect with researchers down at Western Cape,” he said. “We talked to the folks over at UMSL, as well, and there was plenty of interest.”

Each university has taken or will take a turn presenting on their latest research in eLogistics in the hopes that sharing information could lead to increased research collaborations between the three institutions.

The CELDi series showcased current projects going on in the areas of logistics and supply-chain management and served to illustrate the future of the field for Mizzou students who soon will enter it.

IMSE alumni Ernesto Garcia and Kevin Gue and Trulaske School of Business alumnus Bill Hendrickson presented this semester, with three more speakers lined up for the spring. Hendrickson’s presentation was titled “Supply Chain Operations Redesigned to Achieve Significant Cost Reduction and Increase Value-add to SMM Health.” Garcia, director of Process Engineering at Crowley Maritime, gave a talk on “Maritime Logistics Process Improvement.” And Gue, an industrial engineering professor at the University of Louisville, spoke about “Grid-Based Intralogistics Systems.”

“These seminars provide both faculty and students additional research ideas, just to see what other people are doing in the field,” Noble explained. “Future seminars will be a mixture of different content. Some of them will be industry folks presenting on their career and how they’re practicing state-of-the-art techniques, then we’re also having researchers discuss their state-of-the-art work.”

Stay tuned for future times and dates of both new seminar series.

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