Engineering professor to conduct study of material handling industry

Published: Dec 4, 2009 12:45:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Kevin Gue, faculty member in Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Oklahoma State University colleague Bryan Edwards were recently awarded a $54,000 grant to initiate a broad-based study of the material handling industry by the Material Handling Industry of America and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education. The primary objectives of the grant are to examine factors that affect turnover, satisfaction, commitment and performance, as well as acceptance or resistance to technology adoption. The grant will fund two graduate students for one year. This work is part of a large-scale effort to understand worker centric design in the context of distribution centers.

Gue's research interests include logistics modeling and optimization, warehousing, distribution and material handling. Edwards' areas of expertise include personnel recruitment, selection and training, group dynamics and organizational change and development. Gue is the immediate past president of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education.