Sabine Parish students win undergraduate research competition

NATCHITOCHES – Three graduates of Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology were recognized for research submitted to Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society International.

Work by Matthew Lovelady of Zwolle and Nicholas Tramel and Tanner Funderburk, both of Noble, won first place in the research competition sponsored by IEOM and announced at a conference last week. The research was submitted before the students graduated in May. Research sponsors are ET professors Dr. Shahriar Hossain and Dr. Nabin Sapkota.

Hossain accepted the award on the student’s behalf at the IEOM international conference in Houston where more than 400 papers were submitted from 30 countries. Hossain submitted two separate papers from two industrial engineering technology senior design projects that he supervised last year and both were accepted for publication and publication in conference proceedings.

“After a thorough peer-review process, around 250 have been accepted for presentation and publication,” Hossain said. “I presented both papers in the IEOM conference which ended with the award ceremony. I feel very proud that I supervised this research and I got a chance to receive this award on behalf of them.”

The project analyzed a proposed installation of a loading dock to increase the efficiency of the unloading facility of a building materials distributor while ensuring the employees’ safety.

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From left are Professor Don Reimer, program chair and director of membership and chapters for IEOM Society; Dr. Shahriar Hossain, assistant professor and interim director of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology, and Dr. Ahad Ali, conference cochair and executive director of IEOM Society.

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