Ohio University

Industrial and systems engineering students win nationally competitive scholarships

Industrial and systems engineering students win nationally competitive scholarships

Authors: Baylee Demuth and Colleen Carow

The Material Handling Education Foundation has awarded scholarships to three Ohio University industrial and systems engineering students for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

Evan Guilford, a junior, will receive the $2,500 Bastian Family Scholarship, which honors William Bastian Sr. and William Bastian II for their outstanding careers and entrepreneurial leadership in the material handling industry. Isaac Weller, a sophomore, will receive the $2,500 Electrification & Controls Manufacturers Association (ECMA) Honor Scholarship. John Kasik will receive the $1,500 Lift Manufacturers Honor Scholarship.

The MHEF is part of MHI, the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association.

Dale Masel, chair of the Department of ISE, said it's exciting for as many as three students to be recognized for their academic accomplishments.

“MHEF has long supported students interested in a career in distribution and supply chain management, so I'm very pleased they’ve chosen three of our students for their scholarships,” he said. “Evan, John, and Isaac have all been in my class, and they’re outstanding students.”

Guilford said skills he gained in his ISE 3340 course, Work Design, in which he worked a forklift and a rideable electric pallet jack, strengthened his application.

“We got firsthand experience with some material handling equipment, which is what the scholarship is based on.” Guilford said.

Guilford, who hopes to work in manufacturing in Ohio after graduation, plans to attend MHI’s annual trade show.

“I'm going to try to represent being a recipient of the award at the conference and just try to make it more well-known among OU students,” Guilford said.

Weller interned last summer with Prosource, a wholesale flooring chain in Cincinnati, where he worked on a project revising and changing the inventory layout of the company to increase efficiency for its shippers.

“Everything going on recently shows some problems in our current supply chains, so they’re pretty interesting to me,” he said.

First in his family to attend college, Weller expressed thanks for the resources that the Russ College provides to help students succeed.

“They're really good about getting resources for financing education into students’ hands who are willing to look for them and use them,” Weller said. “As a first-generation student, every dollar goes a long way.”

Like Weller, Kasik has always been interested in the field of supply chain management and is considering entering the field upon graduation.

“It means a lot to me that the members of the Material Handling Education Foundation thought that I was deserving,” Kasik said. “I am very honored to be one of the recipients of this national scholarship.”