LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The University of Louisville’s Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI) has received a $1 million gift of equipment and technology that will help it develop the next generation of engineers.
Advanced Solutions Inc., a Louisville-based software marketing and service company, provided the gift, which included the installation of interactive SMART Board technology and software designed to enhance the curriculum associated with warehouse design and optimization.
LoDI is a universitywide, multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to finding solutions to challenges facing the logistics industry. The institute’s laboratory, part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, is primarily used for research and is available for study groups, presentations and instruction.
Several forces have converged in recent years to offer new challenges to the logistics research community, including the rise of e-commerce, robotics, the Internet of Things, crowdsourcing business models and a serious shortage of skilled labor.
LoDI director Kevin Gue said the equipment donated by Advanced Solutions “will become an excellent means through which to communicate the knowledge generated in this institute” and help Speed School students graduate with a competitive advantage.
“Today’s engineers are expected to bring a new level of skill sets to the industry, setting them above the competition,” said Michael Golway, president and CEO of Advanced Solutions. “This donation will enable the faculty to shape graduates for the growing industrial engineering and logistics marketplace while giving students the state-of-the-art tools necessary to compete.”