Long live the Palleteers!

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L-to-R: Debjit Roy (Indian Institute of Management), Brian Thorn (Rochester Institute of Technology), Maria Grazia Gnoni (Universita del Salento), Jennifer Pazour (Rensselaer  Polytechnic Institute), Fabiana Tornese (Universita del Salento) and yours truly.

In a very rare and unique opportunity and for the first time, all six of our researchers devoted to pallet logistics work met in person in one location: at IMHRC in Savannah Georgia!. This group has been continuously holding bi-weekly video conference meetings for the last 6 years but, being scattered around the globe (India, Italy, and all over North America), it had been impossible to ping everyone in one location at the same time – until now!. This unique research group (which only converges when summoned for important work on pallets!) was aptly baptized as the “Palleteers” by Jen Pazour while at the University of Central Florida in 2012  -clearly inspired by a certain nearby themed park with a happy Mouse club. Hope this is a repeat one day.

IMHRC 2018 in Savannah!

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Group Picture at Ellis Square (Savannah, GA)

The 15th International Material Handling Research Colloquium (IMHRC) was held in Savannah, Georgia at the Hotel Andaz in the beautiful historic district during July 23-26, 2018. With sponsorship from MHI, Over 40 researchers from all over the world concurred for several days for rich exchanges and interactions over research posters, panel sessions, keynote speakers and a wonderful tour of the Port of Savannah. The full conference program can be downloaded here. Conference proceedings will be available sometime in September 2018 and will be published with open access privileges in “Progress in Material Handling Research (PMHR)” in the Digital Commons repository found here. More information about this prestigious conference can be found at the CICMHE’s website.

Summer in Italy…


With Maria Grazia and Fabiana at Universita del Salento.

Just returned from beautiful Lecce in Salento from a productive Fulbright visit at their university. Hosted by Drs. Maria Grazia Gnoni and Fabiana Tornese, we spent several weeks tinkering with graduate course design in green supply chains and additive manufacturing. We also visited Bosch and Avio Aero plants in Bari and Brindisi for technical exchanges in lean and additive manufacturing. I look forward to continuing discussions during their visit to Savannah for IMHRC 2018 in a few weeks. Ciao!