How Industrial Scissors Lifts Enhance the Productivity & Safety of Your Facility

Ruth Hounkpe, Western Illinois University

The 2023 LIFT Honor Scholarship ($1,500) has been awarded to Ruth Hounkpe, a junior Supply Chain Management student at Western Illinois University where she is a member of the WIU Supply Chain Management Student Association. She currently works part time as an Office Assistant and Welcome Center Specialist at Black Hawk College where she also graduated with an associate degree in Art. She is a multilingual student speaking English, French and some Dutch. She has experience in the manufacturing environment and has knowledge of supply chain processes. Ruth plans to join the workforce after graduation and eventually earn a master’s degree in supply chain management.

Kathryn Sloan, Virginia Tech

The 2023 James Galante Memorial Scholarship ($3,700) sponsored by EASE, LIFT and LODEM has been awarded to Kathryn Sloan, a senior Industrial Engineering student at Virginia Tech. She is active with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the Female Engineering Mentorship Program at her school. She has interned at a box manufacturing plant where she worked on the plant floor and analyzed data. After graduation, Kathryn would like to enter the workforce and then work on a master’s degree.

Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
2024 WERC Annual Conference 6/2/2024 6/5/2024 MHI Dallas, TX
2024 MHI Annual Conference 10/13/2024 10/16/2024 MHI JW Marriott Marco Island
Marco Island, FL
ProMat 2025 3/17/2025 3/20/2025 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
2025 MHI Annual Conference 10/12/2025 10/15/2025 MHI JW Marriott Starr Pass
Tucson, AZ
2026 MHI Annual Conference 9/27/2026 9/30/2026 MHI JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Springs, CA
2027 MHI Annual Conference 10/10/2027 10/13/2027 MHI JW Marriott Grande Lakes
Orlando, FL

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