Material Handling and Logistics Classroom Day
Give your students a unique opportunity to see the latest material handling and logistics solutions in person.
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, through its commitment to the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE), is dedicated to the support of material handling and logistics research and teaching. The material handling and logistics industry represented by MHI seeks to develop the faculty of tomorrow by supporting the development of research careers today that focus on topics important to development of the industry. To meet this objective, MHI/CICMHE provides a three-part research grant program:

  • Type 1: Research Startup Grant
  • Type 2: Research Spark Grant
  • Type 3: Research Partnership Grant

The primary goal of this program is to influence researchers’ work at multiple decision points in their research careers. This allows MHI/CICMHE to develop the careers of world-class material handling and logistics researchers and to insure that they initiate and perform high-value, high-impact research well aligned with the needs of the industry.

2014 Research Funding Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for material handling and logistics focused research projects to be conducted by academic institutions. MHI and CICMHE have allocated up to $100,000 in 2014 to fund research proposals. The lead institution and principal investigator for each type of grant must be in the United States or Canada.

MHI-CICMHE Research Startup Grants guidelines
MHI-CICMHE Research Spark Grants guidelines
MHI-CICMHE Research Partnership Grants guidelines

Summary of Research Funded

Designing Sustainable Pallet Handling Operations
Andres Carrano, Mike Hewitt and Brian Thorn, Auburn University

Designing Material Handling Systems and Facilities for the Physical Internet
Joint award to: Russell Meller, University of Arkansas and Benoit Montreuil, Laval University

State of the Distribution Workforce and What it Means to the Material Handling Industry
Joint award to: Bryan Edwards, Oklahoma State University and Kevin Gue, Auburn University

Developing and Adapting Lean Tools & Techniques to Build New Curriculum/Training Program in Warehousing and Logistics
Yavuz Bozer , University of Michigan

Developing a Distribution Ergonomics Research Center
Caroline Sommerich and Stephen Lavender, Ohio State University

For questions regarding the program, please contact the MHI VP of Education and Professional Development, and CICMHE Managing Director, Daniel Stanton.

Content Award

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.

2014 Award Winners

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.

3rd Place
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.

Honorable Mention
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.

2011 Award Winners

The 2011 competition applied to content created in the 2009 and 2010 calendar years.

1st Place
Fortna Inc.
Building a Business Case for Your Material Handling System Investment 2nd Place
Conventional vs. Robotic Palletizing 3rd Place (Tie)
RMT Robotics
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

2009 Award Winners

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
Intelligrated, Inc.,
White Paper: Operational Efficiency
Honorable Mention
DC Velocity,
How Green are your Pallets

Accepting the award are Jim Galante (EASE Chair), and Mike Adel (EASE Vice Chair). Presenting the award are Don Eisenstein and past CICMHE Managing Executive Mike Ogle.

Research Award

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 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

Organizational Structure

CICMHE is organized into two working committees. A brief overview of each committee is provided below:

Events Committee
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.

Projects Committee
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.

Communication and Technology Transfer

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).

CICMHE Managing Director

VP of Education and Professional Development
Daniel Stanton



Andres Carrano, Ph.D.
Auburn University

William Ferrell, Ph.D.
Clemson University

Past President
Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech

Liaison to the MHI Board of Governors
Jeff Smith, Ph.D.
Auburn University