Auburn students win Material Handling Student Design Competition

Published: Sep 7, 2006 4:43:31 PM
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A team from the Auburn University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering recently won first place at the 2005-2006 Material Handling Student Design Competition, sponsored by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) and Modern Materials Handling magazine. This was the first time an Auburn team entered the competition.

"I am very proud of this special accomplishment," said Alice Smith, chair of the industrial and systems engineering department. "This is a highly competitive national competition, and we were blessed to have four outstanding students on our team."

The student team was comprised of four ISE seniors: Ryan Briley, Emily Curtis, Jessica Davis and Amy Zeh. Associate professor Kevin Gue served as the team's primary advisor.

The group received a $2000 award in the competition, which challenged teams to develop solutions based on an actual design project. Five independent judges from industry and academia evaluated the submissions. Pennsylvania State University and the University of Oklahoma received second and third places, respectively, while California Polytechnic State University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University were named as honorable mentions.