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K-State Today Student Edition

March 3, 2017



Graduate student alumnus wins thesis award previously won by his major professor

By Mary Rankin

Luke Muggy, 2015 doctoral graduate in industrial engineering, has been awarded the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute Best Doctoral Thesis Award — the same award won by his major professor and nominator Jessica Heier Stamm, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

The award is given biannually to a student who has written the best doctorate thesis in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management in the previous five years. It is accompanied by a more than $1,000 prize, and Muggy has also been invited to submit an article on his work, "Quantifying and Mitigating Decentralized Decision Making in Humanitarian Logistics Systems," to the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Heier Stamm won the award in 2013 for doctoral work she completed at the Georgia Institute of Technology, but received the recognition after she had joined the College of Engineering faculty at K-State.

The Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute is a focal point for researchers in humanitarian logistics. Its two founding universities are the Hanken School of Economics and the National Defence University of Finland.