Monthly Archives: February 2014

In Good Company


Today I stumbled upon the following press release announcing the winners of the 2013 Material Handling Institutes’ Material Handling and Logistics Research Grants.  Hector Vergara and I are recipients of the Start Up Grant.  Dean Jensen and Adam Piper are recipients of a Spark Grant.  I am honored to be in such good company, especially because I was an undergraduate student in Dean’s statistical quality control course at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and went to graduate school at the University of Arkansas with Hector.  What a Small World!

One of the joys of an academic career is the many “excuses” to see old friends at conferences (as well as the chance to meet new ones).  I am excited that I will get to reconnect with Hector and Dean at the 2014 International Material Handling Research Colloquium (IMHRC) in Ohio this summer.

A Random Aside:

Based on Ugander,  et al. and Backstrom et al. , I guess it really is a small world — any two people are separated by only four degrees of friendship on average.

Four Degrees of Separation