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Press Release

MHI and CICMHE Host Teachers Institute and Future Faculty Symposium

MHI / MODEX 2016

MHI and the College-Industry Council for Material Handling Education (CICMHE) recently hosted the 2015 Material Handling Teachers Institute and Future Faculty Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. 
The event is designed to provide new and upcoming professors of material handling, logistics and supply chain with an opportunity to learn best practices from established educators in their field. It also offers networking and professional development for educators and provides information and knowledge they can apply to their future curriculum. 
The event also featured tours of the American Girl Distribution Center, Target Distribution Center, Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations, and Electronic Theatre Controls. 
The host was the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the academic chair was Dr. Ananth Krishnamurthy, associate professor in the department of Industrial Systems and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director for the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing.
Fourteen speakers presented on a variety of topics including Automatic Identification, Supply Chain Management Concepts, and Design, Implementation, and Optimization of Data Collection Systems in Warehouse Environments.
The event had 31 total attendees including 22 professors from Universities in the U.S, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Norway, Peru,  and Taiwan. Also, for the first time, nine Ph.D. students attend as part of the Future Faculty Symposium from various Universities throughout the USA. 
Additional event highlights: 
--Chuck Nemer from The Fresh Connection and Daniel Stanton (MHI) introduced participants to “The Beer Game," a role play simulation game that lets players experience typical coordination problems of traditional supply chains, in which information sharing and collaboration does not exist. 
--Symbotic LLC prepared and executed a week long case study where participants worked in teams throughout the week and presented their solutions to Symbotic. 
--New this year: A LinkedIn Group was created for participants to “meet” and network prior to the start of the event and will continue on as a platform for participants to share how their applications of the skills learned have helped them (best practice sharing). 
The next Material Handling Teachers Institute and Future Faculty Symposium will take place in the summer of 2017 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.
CICMHE is an independent organization that prepares and provides information, teaching materials and various events in support of material handling education and research. Founded in 1952, the main body of CICMHE is composed of thirteen college and university educators. Additional members are drawn from material handling equipment manufacturers, distributors, users and consultants, representatives of the business press, and professional staff members of organizations concerned with material handling education. CICMHE encourages research and sponsors educational seminars and training courses. Through its various programs and diverse representation of membership, CICMHE facilitates the interchange of information among concerned individuals in industry, academia and in the user community to aid in improving and implementing material handling education.
Contact: Carol Miller, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, MHI, (704) 676-1190.

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