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Awardee:TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
Doing Business As Name:Texas Tech University
PD/PI:
  • Timothy I Matis
  • (806) 742-3543
  • timothy.matis@ttu.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • James Simonton
  • James R Burns
  • Jeffrey C Woldstad
Award Date:08/18/2005
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 250,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 262,000
  • FY 2007=$50,000
  • FY 2006=$50,000
  • FY 2010=$50,000
  • FY 2008=$62,000
  • FY 2005=$50,000
Start Date:10/01/2005
End Date:09/30/2011
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi): An NSF I/UCRC at Texas Tech University
Federal Award ID Number:0545505
DUNS ID:041367053
Parent DUNS ID:041367053
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr

Awardee Location

Street:349 Administration Bldg
City:Lubbock
State:TX
ZIP:79409-1035
County:Lubbock
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:19

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Texas Tech University
Street:349 Administration Bldg
City:Lubbock
State:TX
ZIP:79409-1035
County:Lubbock
Country:US
Cong. District:19

Abstract at Time of Award

This action funds Texas Tech University to join the existing multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution. The addition of Texas Tech as a member will complement the existing core competencies of the current members and contribute to the overall center mission and strategy. The primary objective of this site will be to provide meaningful and useful research to industry partners that can be integrated into existing logistics and distribution networks with the highest net gain in logistics systems performance.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Farris, J.A., Matis, T.I., Conklin, R., Hunter, P., Care, S., McAllister, M., Snider, A. "Applying Healthcare Systems Engineering Methods to the Patient Discharge Process" International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise, v.1, 2010, p.29.


Project Outcomes Report

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At Texas Tech University, we have collaborated with numerous companies through our affiliation with CELDi through the IUCRC program. These include local, regional, and international companies from the defense, medical, agricultural, and industrial sectors. The most notable of these has been Babcock and Wilcox Pantex, Ector County Medical Center Hopital, City of San Pedro Mexico, and the Plains County Cotton Cooperative. We have also had the opportunity to have supplements from NSF in the form of REU awards in which we were able to research logistics in cotton warehousing (a major industry in the local area), and the use of mobile ad-hoc communication networks in sparse environments (such as in oilfields).

A summary of the notable findings from our projects have been 1) methods to improve the supply chain in a high reliability organization without loss of safety, 2) algorithms and business practices to improve the discharge process of patients in hospitals, 3) the impact of an improved highway system from ports in Mexico to the US border on the economy of both nations, and 4) methods through which cotton may be warehoused and exported with greater efficiency. These findings have led to the development of software, construction of roads, and improved business practices of many companies, and our results have been highlighted as CELDi sucess stories on two occasions.

In addition, the CELDi center at Texas Tech University has provided valuable opportunities for our department faculty to gain applied research experience. 
Most of the faculty involved on the industry projects are at the Assistant and Associate level, and gaining this experience has been instrumental in their tenure & promotion process.  The center has also provided several opportunities to our students to work on industry projects, including post-doctoral students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The CELDi center gave these students a real-time relationship with industry partners, financial support towards their studies, and the ability to conduct applied and theoretical research.


Last Modified: 02/01/2012
Modified by: Timothy I Matis

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