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: