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MHEFI Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?

MHEFI Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?

Finding Answers in Algorithms: Seyed Shahab Mofidi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Seyed Shahab Mofidi envisions a time in the not-too-distant future when online shoppers click their mouse and take delivery of their purchases just minutes later. And as a senior data and operations research scientist at MHI member Honeywell Intelligrated in Atlanta, he is focused on making that future a reality.

Mofidi builds mathematical models and algorithms to make automated warehouses and distribution centers run more efficiently. His company provides automated material handling solutions and an intelligent software platform called a warehouse execution system to integrate the various components. Armed with Mofidi’s algorithms and modeling, the software uses real-time data to make complex decisions about how to optimize warehouse operations.

“Our software system basically orchestrates the entire distribution operation in a warehouse, and my role is to build advanced decision-support tools that enhance the operational efficiencies and throughput,” he said.

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Using Focused Research to Solve Optimization Problems: Austin Buchanan, Oklahoma State University

The MHEFI and Austin Buchanan share an important trait—they both are focused on helping the next generation of leaders in the material handling industry achieve their goals.

Buchanan, 30, returned to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, in 2015 as an assistant professor in the industrial engineering and management (IEM) program. He now teaches undergraduate courses in facilities and material handling system design, engineering economy and operations research and graduate-level courses in network flows and integer programming.

His research focuses on solving optimization problems, especially those relating to networks and connectivity over distance. Recently, he worked on problems such as finding the best math model for designing a wireless sensor network, the best way to enforce low-diameter constraints in cluster detection models and the best way to enforce contiguity constraints in political districting models.

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This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on sustainability and its progression in the supply chain. Consumers are becoming more interested in making environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to their buying habits and the brands to which they are loyal. Studies have found anywhere from 80-85% of consumers are more likely to buy from a company with a reputation for sustainability than from a neutral company, if their prices are equal.

Leading firms are tapping into this mindset by building more sustainability, and transparency, into their supply chains. They know that more sustainable operations will drive long-term brand loyalty and competitive advantage while having bottom line impacts on efficiency and profitability.

This issue of MHI Solutions will help provide you with the information and resources you need to address sustainability across your supply chain to improve your overall business performance.

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