ProMat 2015

McCormick Place South
 | Chicago
March 23
-26, 2015
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

Student Days

ProMat welcomes students and faculty members from universities, community colleges and technical schools with programs related to supply chain, material handling, logistics, engineering and industrial distribution.

WhereProMat 2015 at McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
WhenWednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26
WhyProviding the opportunity for academia and industry professionals to engage in real world discussions about the technologies and the skill sets required for future leaders in the supply chain, material handling and logistics industry.

During these two days, you can take advantage of the opportunities to learn more about the industry and network with industry leaders.

Classroom Day

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - For the 12th consecutive year, the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, and the Technical Career Education Program will sponsor the Material Handling & Logistics Classroom Day. This event provides technical high schools, community colleges, university undergraduate and graduate-level students with the opportunity to visit the show floor and meet with exhibitors on guided tours, led by industry professionals. Over 200 students participate in Classroom Day. They come away with a real world understanding of the products, services and technologies that enable the supply chain.

New This Year!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Join fellow students from university and community colleges, along with industry leaders for a reception sponsored by the Associated. This is a perfect time for students to network with future employers and other students committed to the industry.

College Student Tours

Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM - University and community college students...climb aboard your pre-arranged ground transportation departing from McCormick Place to see real world applications at one of two local facilities using state-of-the-art material handling and supply chain technologies.

We hope you will join us for one or more of these events, all designed to help further the collaboration between academia and industry. Questions? Contact Angela Jenkins.

Registration has closed for Student Days. You can still register to attend ProMat 2015 at no cost. For questions, contact Angela Jenkins.

Host Details

The College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) and Technical Career Education Program (TCEP) are education organizations within MHI that prepares and provides information, teaching materials and various events in support of material handling education and research for the supply chain industry.

College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
Technical Career Education Program (TCEP)

The Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) is an independent charitable organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the study of material handling, logistics, and supply chain; exposing students to the vast array of opportunities in the industry.

MHI is the nation's largest material handling, logistics, and supply chain association. MHI offers education, networking, and solution sourcing for members, their customers and industry as a whole through programming events.

Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is a premier trade association dedicated to serving the material handling business community.

2015 Student Days Program

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Classroom Day

9:00 - 9:45 am - Registration
You must have completed your online registration and receive a badge in order to participate in the Student Days events. Stop by the ProMat general registration area to pick up your badge and head over to Room S-406A (Vista Ballroom) at McCormick Place.

9:45 - 10:15 am - Introductions and Schedule Overview

10:15- 10:30 am - Introduction to MHL Roadmap by Gary Forger
Hear about the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics and how it impacts the future of the industry.

10:30 - 10:45 am - Preparation for Tour of ProMat Show Floor

10:45 am- 12:45 pm - Show Floor Tour - Open to all Student Days participants
Students and professors will be split into groups and take a guided tour of the show floor. Industry experts at selected show booths will be waiting to talk with you about the industry, solutions and career options.

10:45 am - 12:45 pm- TCEP Advisory Board Summit (Invitation Only) - Room: S405B
Selected advisors from technical high schools and community colleges will receive the latest update from the MHI education team, including current programs, processes, educational materials, certifications, etc.

12:45- 1:15 pm- Lunch for all Student Days Participants and Tour Guides

1:15 - 2:15 pm- Professional Development Keynote Explosion by Jeff Havens
Enjoy lunch with the other Student Days participants courtesy of MHI, CICMHE, TCEP, and MHEDA. While you eat, enjoy a special presentation by Jeff Havens, a former high school English teacher turned stand-up comedian and motivational speaker

2:15-3:30 pm- MHL Roadmap - Interactive Activity and Wrap Up
High school, community college and university students will engage in small group sessions. During this time, participants will utilize the information gathered from the earlier presentation and show floor interaction with exhibitors.

4:00 - 5:30 pm- Networking and Careers Reception - Sponsored by Associated - Room: S103BC
University and community college students, along with faculty members, will be invited to attend this reception which will include industry professionals who may have an interest in hiring students. Classroom Day exhibitors, tour guides, MHEFI Board Members and scholarship donors are invited to participate in this event.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Tour Day

8:00 - 11:00 am Offsite Tours - Open to University, Community College Students, and Faculty Members - Sponsored by MHEFI

Participants will board ground transportation and depart from McCormick Place to see applications of state-of-the-art material handling and supply chain technologies at one of two local facilities. Note that students and faculty participating in the tours will receive a $20.00 lunch voucher that can be used at the various eateries on the show floor (except Mc Donald's and MHI Bistro) after returning to McCormick Place.

8:00 - 11:00 am High School Activity - FIND WHAT'S NEXT...
Technical high school students and educators will engage in an activity to FIND WHAT'S NEXT in real world applications within the supply chain industry.

Code of Conduct

The success of this program depends upon professional conduct by all who participate. This code of conduct shall be adhered to at all times. Violations of the code of conduct will result in forfeiture of travel reimbursements for the participating school, and may disqualify schools for participation in future events. Specific expectations of students and faculty members who participate include:

  • All participants should wear business casual clothing (no jeans, shorts, or T-Shirts) and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes on both days.
  • No use of phones, headsets, earphones, tablets, or cameras at specified times.
  • Must be courteous and respectful at all times.
  • Faculty members must be present with students at all times.

**Final agenda is subject to change.**

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