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Ohio University industrial and systems engineering student awarded national scholarship

Joe Barbaree

ATHENS, Ohio – (May 29, 2012) An Ohio University junior industrial and systems engineering major from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received a national scholarship from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).20120420amy_goodnite-00005

Amy Goodnite was named the 2012 – 2013 recipient of IIE’s John L. Imhoff Scholarship, a national, annual award given to one student who has contributed significantly to the profession through understanding of international culture. Her receipt of the $1,000 award is based on her contribution to the industrial engineering profession through her passion for global work.

“I’ve always been interested in the intersection between businesses, engineering and different cultures, and hope to pursue a career in the future that allows me many opportunities to work on large-scale projects in different countries,” said Goodnite.

Goodnite’s military childhood – due to her father’s career in the U.S. Air Force – led to her interest in travel and international work. In the summer of 2011, she lived and studied in Kyoto, Japan, on a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship.

She is currently working toward minors in Japanese, business and history in addition to her study of industrial and systems engineering.  She also helps tutor Japanese students from Chubu University in English and regularly works with two Japanese conversation partners.

Goodnite also holds the position of secretary for Alpha Pi Mu, membership in the IIE, Tau Beta Pi and Golden Key International Honor Society.  

“This is a wonderful achievement considering that Amy is competing with outstanding students from all the industrial engineering programs in the country,” said Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Tao Yuan, who recommended Goodnite for the scholarship.

“She was a very strong candidate because of her outstanding academic record and her international activities,” he added.

The funds come at an opportune time, according to Goodnite, who aims to work abroad with international companies on challenging projects.

“I originally started studying industrial engineering with the hopes of working on logistics for the military at an overseas base, but that goal has recently expanded to include working for a company based overseas,” said Goodnite. “This scholarship will give me greater financial means to prepare me for those future goals,” she added.

This summer, Goodnite will work with Wal-Mart's logistics team as an intern at one of their distribution centers in Virginia.

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