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MHEFI SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Where Are They Now?

Paying It Forward

LEILY FARROKHVAR, West Virginia University

Leily Farrokhvar is giving the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. a solid return on the investment it made in her. Farrokhvar, a 32-year-old native of Tehran, Iran, received a scholarship from MHEFI as a doctoral student at Virginia Tech and for the past two years has been an assistant professor at West Virginia University, where she teaches industrial and management systems engineering. She said researching ways to improve the material handling and supply chain industry is her passion, and her enthusiasm is proving contagious.

With Farrokhvar’s encouragement, two of her students applied for scholarships this spring from the MHEFI, an independent charitable organization that has handed out more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1976.

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