With a $40,000 grant award in December 2016, UPS has provided 20 consecutive years of funding, totaling almost one million dollars, in support to the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering for the UPS Doctoral Fellowship in Human Factors and Safety. This graduate Fellowship provides a stipend and tuition for at least one PhD student per year in the Human Factors and Safety concentration of ISE. Students must submit an application including a research proposal for the Fellowship, in the general area of community and public safety. The following areas have been supported:
- trip-and-fall and slipping accidents;
- bodily injury from overexertion and manual materials handling stressors;
- vehicular struck-by accidents;
- driver distraction-related accidents;
- user-system interaction failures (e.g., ATM and drop-box usage); and,
- warning-related issues that give rise to either physical stress-strain injuries or vehicular-pedestrian accidents.
The UPS Doctoral Fellowship was first funded in 1996, and over 25 ISE PhD students have since received support toward their degree completion, according to Dr. John Casali, Grado Professor of ISE and UPS Grant Coordinator since its inception. Mr. Don Wittke, UPS Director of Industrial Engineering has assisted with the grant for the past 5 years. He is also a member of the ISE Advisory Board and ISE Academy of Distiguished Alumni.