Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi)
Providing integrated solutions to the complex global logistics challenges facing U.S. industry
Center Mission and Rationale
Logistics research has been catapulted into prominence by driving forces such as the challenges brought about by e-commerce to deliver products in a timely fashion, the reality that competitive edges are now realized through execution and delivery, and the concern that supply chains have evolved into complex, multi-channel challenges of integrating what the industry terms "clicks and bricks."
Corporate partners may choose from three levels of membership in CELDi: Full Membership, Associate Membership (for small companies with less than 50 employees), or Affiliate Membership.
Bi-annual joint meetings are held in the spring and fall, rotated among the four campuses. These meetings provide an opportunity to coordinate activities between researchers and the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), which is comprised of a representative from each member company. The fall meeting focuses on the approval of the research agenda for the current academic year. The spring meeting provides an opportunity for members to interact with researchers from all four campuses, with top researchers and practitioners in the field of logistics, and with each other. Short courses are included in the spring forum for continuing education opportunities.
At all four campuses research activities, graduate and undergraduate course offerings, along with professional development and continuing education opportunities combine to form the foundation and structure for educating the next generation of engineers in logistics and distribution centers.
The University of Arkansas (UA) has a long-standing tradition in the logistics area through advanced research activities and educational programs. Through participation in the Material Handling Research Center and later The Logistics Institute, the UA has received over $3M in industry-funded research sponsorship for material handling and logistics. Breakthrough methodologies in supply-chain management, shop floor logistics, and vehicle dispatching have been developed within the Department of Industrial Engineering at the UA. Transportation and Logistics is a primary emphasis area supported within the College of Engineering at the University.
The University of Oklahoma (OU) provides expertise and on-going research in intelligent systems for design and execution of intelligent transportation/logistics and real-time value chain processes. OU has also developed a strong program in maintenance logistics processes for complex systems and infrastructure. Affiliation with Oklahoma State University through the Oklahoma Transportation Center creates opportunities for additional research collaboration and industry cooperation. Intelligent transportation logistics is one of three strategic initiatives supported by the OU College of Engineering.
The University of Louisville (UL) names logistics as a primary research thrust for the entire university. UL researchers are involved in logistics research with several transportation and material handling companies that are located in the Louisville area and nationwide. The application areas for current research include air, truck, and barge. UL research core competencies are in the field of Industrial Engineering, with a strong emphasis on simulation, optimization, and reliability/maintainability modeling.
The Oklahoma State University provides expertise and on-going research in Supply Chain/Logistics Network Design, Supply Chain/Logistics Information Systems, and Supply Chain/Logistics Planning. These three areas are supported with OSU’s Center for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CCIM) and the Supply Chain Design Lab (SCDL). OSU brings expertise in the areas of supply chain optimization, simulation, planning algorithms and object and data modeling.
Center Co-Director: Dr. John R. English
Center Co-Director: Dr. Thomas L. Landers
Center Co-Director: Dr. G. Don Taylor
Center Co-Director: Dr. Ricki Ingalls
Center Evaluator: Dr. Tom Jones
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