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Collaborative Success Stories: Ship Shape


With help from University of Missouri engineers, the Boeing Company is shipping smarter.

The Boeing Company delivers items around the clock to clients all over the world. Wanting to reduce transportation costs, Boeing manager Nisha Shah worked with Dr. James Noble and the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) at MU, which partners with member corporations to develop solutions to logistics issues.

Noble led a team of engineering faculty and students in creating a cost-efficient network for moving goods between Boeing’s distribution centers and repair facilities. The team analyzed options for domestic and international customers and examined numerous options, including placing distribution centers overseas and rerouting shipments, to identify those that minimized expenses.

The project focused on transport of parts for the C-17 Globemaster, a large military transport aircraft used to fly troops all over the world, but Boeing is using the tools MU developed to support a range of logistics analysis needs. “We are extremely pleased with the work that the Mizzou team has done,” says Shah. “The team has exemplified the power that can be harnessed when industry and academia work together to address a problem.”

Dr. James Noble is professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the College of Engineering and site director for MU CELDi.

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