Entering the Wunsch Materials Handling Prize

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The Wunsch Materials Handling Prize rewards those who submit innovative papers on the topic of materials handling. Prizes of up to $1,000 are offered for papers on any topic that relates to materials handling, including robotic transport, micro-electronics manufacturing, automated assembly, and manipulation of materials in packaging. The competition is open to both graduate students and undergraduates who hold at least sophomore status.

The deadline for the Wunsch Prize is noon on March 3, 2017. Each contestant is allowed one entry, of which he or she must be the sole author. There is no limit on length of the essay. Entries must be typed—handwritten entries are not accepted—and if outside sources are used, they must be cited using a proper style such as APA, IEEE, or MLA.

To enter the contest, submit three separately stapled copies of the paper that are attached via clamp or paper clip to the contest entry form. The author’s name must appear only on the entry form, which is available for automatic download here or from the Technical Communication Program, Room 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building. The author’s name must be left off all submitted entry copies. Submit your material to the Technical Communication Program, Room 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building.



First Place
Addison Woods Pierskalla
The Economic Feasibility and Sustainability of Amazon Prime Air



First Place
Rebecca Hollett
Investigation of Picking Strategies to Increase Efficiency in E-Grocer Warehousing Operations


Honorable Mention
Rafi Sufi
Data Security Methods for RFID Patient Monitoring: A Comparison between Fixed, Randomized, and Pre-Authenticated Read Access Controls



First Place
Stephanie Bruckschen
A Recommendation for Performance Improvement in Distribution Centers: An Analytical Comparison of Picking Technologies


Honorable Mention
Ryan McElhinny
Application of Automatic Guided Vehicles in a Flexible Manufacturing System




First Place
Debjit Roy
Aging Baby Boomers: Workforce Challenges and Ergonomic Solutions for Order Picking Operations



First Place
Debjit Roy
Magic Shelves: Boosting E-retail Sales by Reducing Order Picking Inefficiencies


Second Place
Thomas Davich
Material Handling Solutions: A Look Into Automated Robotics


Third Place
Lea Zeise
Large Scale Food Waste Composting as a Means of Waste Diversion