For the first time ever, the Material Handling Industry of America is providing direct funding for material handling and logistics research. A $50,000 grant, provided through MHIA's College Industry Council on Material Handling Education, will help Ohio State University researchers Dr. Carolyn Sommerich and Dr. Stephen Lavender set up a research center for the study of distribution ergonomics.
The OSU center will develop and evaluate ergonomic methods, tools, and processes that allow distribution center employees to work more safely and efficiently. The center also will facilitate partnerships between regional DCs and material handling equipment manufacturers that will focus on ergonomics and lean engineering.
Although this is the first such award, it won't be the last, says MHIA. The group has increased its funding for material handling and logistics research for the 2009-2010 academic year. If you have a proposal for a research project, contact CICMHE Managing Director Mike Ogle at (800) 345-1815 or (704) 676-1190.
CICMHE, an independent organization that supports material handling education and research, includes college and university educators; material handling equipment manufacturers, distributors, users, and consultants; representatives of the business press; and organizations concerned with material handling education.