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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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According to the recently released 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Overcoming Barriers to NextGen Supply Chain Adoption,” eight out of ten survey respondents believe these supply chains will be the predominant model within just five years. However, the report found that the adoption of some of these technologies was slower than originally reported when MHI started the annual report in 2014. The report cites three top barriers to adoption of these technologies: 1. Making the business case for NextGen supply chain investments. 2. Tackling the supply chain skills gap and workforce shortage. 3. Building trust and security in digital, always-on supply chains. This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the adoption of these digital solutions, from best practices in robotics and artificial intelligence to blockchain and innovations in last mile delivery.

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