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UPS Grant Marks 13th Year of Support for Virginia Tech
March 13, 2009

John Casali

The UPS (United Parcel Service) Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. The funds will be used to support doctoral students in industrial and systems engineering’s Human Factors Engineering/ Ergonomics graduate program with a research focus on truck driver safety and training, vehicular safety and design, aircraft pilot safety and cockpit design, and ergonomics of commercial and personal vehicles. This is the 13th consecutive year that the UPS Foundation has supported the department with grant funding.

“A major benefit of the UPS grant is that it enables our Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics option to attract and retain graduate students of the highest caliber and to do cutting-edge research in applied human factors engineering” said John Casali, the John Grado Professor in the industrial and systems engineering department.

Prof. Casali made his first proposal for the UPS grant in 1996, and since has served as the foundation’s coordinator at Virginia Tech. UPS since has awarded a total $611,000 to the College of Engineering under Prof. Casali’s fellowship proposals. His relationship with UPS also has resulted in representatives from the corporate giant serving on the department’s advisory board since the mid-1990s.

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