The mission of the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) is to increase awareness, understanding, exploration, and development of material handling and logistics through fostering and nurturing high value projects and events.
CICMHE is an independent organization that prepares and provides information, teaching materials and various events in support of material handling education and research. Founded in 1952, the main body of the Council is composed of fifteen college and university educators. Additional members are drawn from material handling equipment manufacturers, distributors, users and consultants, representatives of the business press, and professional staff members of organizations concerned with material handling education.
Through its various programs and diverse representation of membership, CICMHE facilitates the interchange of information among concerned individuals in industry, academia and in the user community to aid in improving and implementing material handling education.
|Emory Enscore (Vice President)||1986||1987|
|Bill Biles (Vice President)||1982||1982|
|Stephen Roberts (Vice Chair)||1972||1973|
|Ruddell Reed, Jr.||1970||1971|
|Robert LaForge (Vice Chair)||1960||1960|
|Norman Shikes (Vice Chair)||1957||1958|
|Howard Palmer (Vice Chair)||1952||1954|
|Michael Kay (*)||(2012-2015)|
|Young Jun Son||(2010-2013)|
|Kees Jan Roodbergen||(2010-2013)|
|Leon McGinnis (*)||(2008-2011)|
|Kevin R. Gue||(2002-2011)|
|William Kennedy, Jr.||(1984-1987)|
|John Mariotti (*)||(1975-1977)|
|James Apple (*)||(1970-1974)|
|Major Robert Canady||(1969-1971)|
|Major James Geiger||(1968-1968)|
|Ruddell Reed, Jr.||(1966-1973)|
|W. Van Alan Clark, Jr.||(1952-1953)|
Location: Gardanne, France
Sponsors: Ecole des Mines Saint-Etienne, Center of Microelectronics in Provence
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sponsors: Red Prairie and HK Systems
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Sponsors: Beumer Savoye and DHL
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Sponsors: Daifuku America
Location: Graz, Austria
Sponsors: Technical University Graz, Knapp, Salomon Automation, SSI Schaefer Peem, and TGW.
Location: Portland, Maine
Sponsors: Southworth International
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Sponsors: St. Onge Company
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Sponsors: Motorola Corporation
Location: S'Hertogenbosh, Netherlands
Sponsors: Vanderlande Industries
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sponsors: Rapistan Demag Corporation
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sponsors: Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley
Location: Hebron, Kentucky
Sponsors: Litton Industrial Automated Systems (now HK Systems)
|Material Handling Teachers Institute|
CICMHE sponsors a Teachers Institute on an every two year schedule for faculty members who teach material handling in two-and four-year schools of technology, as well as in schools of engineering at four-year universities. The Teachers Institute is held in the summer of odd-numbered years.
|International Material Handling Research Colloquium|
Since 1990, CICMHE has sponsored an International Research Colloquium in conjunction with the U.S. National Science Foundation and leading companies within the industry. Like the Teachers Institute, the Colloquium has been conducted on an every two year cycle, with the Colloquium being offered in the summer of even-numbered years.
|National Student Design Competition |
For the last several years, CICMHE, in conjunction with the Material Handling Institute, has sponsored a national team design competition for students interested in the design and analysis of material handling systems.
|Material Handling Education Foundation|
Scholarships in Material Handling The Material Handling Education Foundation offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a material handling related program at a pre-approved institution of higher education. Last year the Foundation offered 28 scholarships with a total value of $73,500. More information about the scholarships can be obtained by contacting Donna Varner.
MHI has a goal of supporting research and teaching in material handling, logistics, and supply chain as demonstrated through a long-standing commitment to the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE). One critical component of this goal is to develop and support faculty who conduct research on topics that are important to the future of the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industry. To meet this objective, MHI provides a three-part research grant program:
This program influences and supports the work of researchers at different stages in their careers. The intent is to assist in the development of world-class researchers who focus on material handling, logistics, and supply chain as they initiate and perform high-value, high-impact research that is aligned with the needs of the industry.
Proposals are being solicited for research projects that are focused on material handling, logistics, and supply chain and conducted by academic institutions. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. MHI expects to announce awards by October 31, 2017. The lead institution and principal investigator for each type of grant must be in the United States or Canada.
|MHI-CICMHE Research Start-up Grants: Guidelines|
|MHI-CICMHE Research Spark Grants: Guidelines|
|MHI-CICMHE Research Spark Grants: Initial Terms and Conditions|
|MHI-CICMHE Research Partnership Grants: Guidelines|
|2008||Developing a Distribution Ergonomics Research Center||Carolyn Summerich and Steven Lavender, The Ohio State University|
|2008||Developing and Adapting Lean Tools and Techniques to Build New Curriculum/Training Program in Warehousing and Logistics||Yavoz Bozer, University of Michigan|
|2009||State of the Distribution Workforce and What is Means to the Material Handling Industry||Bryan Edwards, Oklahoma State University, and Kevin Gue, Auburn University|
|2010||Design of Material Handling Systems for the Physical Internet||Russ Meller, University of Arkansas, and Ben Montreuil, Laval University|
|2011||Designing Sustainable Pallet Handling Operations||Andres Carrano, Mike Hewitt, and Brian Thorn, RIT|
|2013||Ergonomic Cost Modeling for Standardized Material Handling in Small Regional Distribution Centers||Dean Jensen and Adam Piper, South Dakota School of Mines|
|2014||Development of a Data Model and Associated Software Tools for Modeling Picking Operations||Jeff Smith, Auburn University|
|2015||Best Sustainable Practices in Pallet Manufacturing||Andres Carrano, Auburn University|
|2015||Analysis of Shared Mixing and Consolidation Centers||Kimberly Ellis, Virginia Tech, Bill Ferrell, Clemson University, Phil Kaminsky, UC Berkeley, Chase Rainwater, University of Arkansas|
|2017||Effects of exoskeleton use on worker performance, health, and safety in manual material handling tasks: lab- and field-based assessments||Maury Nussbaum, Divya Srinivasan, Sunwook Kim, Virginia Tech|
|2017||Integrated Material Handling Systems in Hospitals||Sandra Tugce, Eksioglu Isik, Clemson University|
|2013||Topic: Analytical Models to Provide Insights on the Design and Operation of Warehouse and Logistics Systems||Jen Pazour, University of Central Florida|
|2013||Design, Analysis, and Optimization of Relay Networks for Freight Transportation||Hector Vergara,|
|2014||Topic: Modeling to Enhance Design and Planning the Material Handling Systems and Logistics Systems, with Emphasis on Efficiency and Risk Issues under Certainty.||Edward Huang, George Mason University|
|2014||Topics: Material Handling and Supply Chain Management for Aviation Industry||Farshid Azadian, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University|
|2017||Designing Fresh E-Commerce Supply Chain||Zhijie (Sasha) Dong, Texas State University|
|2017||Educate the next generation of logistics engineers and supply chain managers through innovative research and effective teaching.||Leily Farrokhvar, West Virginia University|
|2017||Development of novel models, methodologies, and computational techniques to present a systematic, integrated framework that advances our knowledge on the management of dynamic, complex, and interdependent systems.||Sung Hoon Chung, State University of New York at Binghamton|
|2013||First International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC) in Quebec||Ben Montreuil, Laval University|
|2014||Second International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC) in Paris||Eric Ballot, Professor at Mines ParisTech|
|2015||Logistics Roadmap in Louisville||Kevin Gue, University of Louisville|
CICMHE developed the bi-annual Outstanding Material Handling Logistics Content Award to recognize outstanding material handling related content created in the two immediately preceding calendar years. The competition is open to any organization or individual that has created content deemed to make a strong contribution to the materials handling and logistics industry.
The word content includes white papers, articles, case studies, videos, interactive CDs, and any other form or media that presents material handling related information. A mix of academic and industry judges evaluate the contributions based on educational value, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the material handling industry.
1st Place (Tie)
Ergonomics Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE) Council for “The Ergonomics and Lean Sales Training Program”
This training webinar provides an introduction to basic ergonomics and lean principles applied to industrial settings. The content explains the synergies between reducing manufacturing waste (a core Lean value) and ergonomics measures to minimize risk and improve productivity.
AVNET for “Supply Chain Velocity” e-magazine
This on-line resource presents useful information for a wide range of MHI members to understand relevant supply chain issues. The information is made vivid through crisp written content and supporting graphics to illustrate critical concepts. The content presented is valuable for any practitioner.
Overhead Alliance for “Overhead Alliance Lecture Material”
This collaborative effort provides an excellent overview of technologies used in lifting and moving material in a variety of applications. The content developed will be useful for a broad audience including academics, industry and students at various levels.
Digital Lumens for “12 Myths Surrounding Industrial LED Lighting”
Lighting can be seen as a problem of second order in a warehouse or important energy consumption factor only. But improving the work environment is also a good thing for safety, health and productivity. The innovation proposed solves all those issues.
The 2011 competition applied to content created in the 2009 and 2010 calendar years.1st Place
Building a Business Case for Your Material Handling System Investment 2nd Place
Conventional vs. Robotic Palletizing 3rd Place (Tie)
Automated Case Picking 2009
DC Retrofit Meets Christopher & Banks' Growth Needs for Flexible Supply Chain
Accepting the award is Christina Kheir from Fortna Inc. Presenting the award are Ricki Ingalls, Jim Rumpf and past CICMHE Managing Executive Mike Ogle
The 2009 competition applied to content created in the 2007 and 2008 calendar years.1st Place
Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment Council (EASE),
The Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling 2nd Place
The Raymond Corporation
Hydrogen Fuel Cells Power the Future of Lift Trucks 3rd Place
White Paper: Operational Efficiency
How Green are your Pallets
CICMHE developed the bi-annual Outstanding Material Handling and Facility Logistics Research Paper Award to recognize outstanding material handling related research papers published in the two immediately preceding calendar years. Following the call for nominations at the beginning of each even numbered year (self nomination accepted), papers are evaluated by a team of judges and the first place award is announced and presented at MHI's annual meeting.
Please email cicmhe[at]mhi[dot]org with questions.
College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) of MHI has developed a list of certificates and certifications that are currently offered by academic institutions as well as professional societies in the US in the field of material handling, logistics, and supply chain. The certificates and certifications are targeted for professionals who are interested in enhancing their technical skills and backgrounds in the fields of material handling, logistics, and supply chain, instead of attending a degree program as a full time graduate student. As the list contains programs available throughout the country, interested professional can select a program that will be most suitable based on their technical interests and geographical location. Each program in the list provides a link to their program, where people can find more details on the program such as costs, schedule, duration, and technical contents.
List of Certificates on MH, Logistics, and Supply Chain
CICMHE is organized into two working committees. A brief overview of each committee is provided below:
Plan and execute structured events to facilitate learning and research, promote knowledge transfer, provide exposure to and awareness of the field, address current industry needs and trends, and strengthen the bridge between industry and academia.
Initiate and conduct projects to transform and modernize existing educational offerings, create and maintain new educational offerings, assess usage and effectiveness of offerings, identify, incubate, and foster research in material handling and related domains; and leverage connections between CICMHE and councils, product sections, and affiliated trade associations.
CICMHE continually monitors activities with the different MHI product sections and councils to facilitate technology transfer between the groups. This monitoring is primarily conducted by having CICMHE members attend the meetings of the product sections and councils. The activities of the product sections and councils often provide information to the CICMHE members on the latest advances in material handling equipment and technology as well as keep them abreast of the challenges and issues that a particular industry segment is facing. Additionally, issues or topics will arise where CICMHE can assist the product section on special projects. These projects might involve developing white papers on a particular topic, creating overviews and summaries that can be used to promote the activities of the product section, or developing tools to assist in designing or analyzing material handling technologies (e.g. economic justification software, an ergonomic toolbox, or a carousel throughput estimation package).
Bill Ferrell, Ph.D., P.E.
Michael Kay, Ph.D
North Carolina State University
Andres Carrano, Ph.D.
Liaison to the MHI Board of Governors
Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D.