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Fourth annual Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship awarded
Fourth annual Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship awarded


Senior Maria Torres was presented with the fourth annual Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship at a ceremony held yesterday by the Department of Biological Sciences at UAH.

Named for the late Dr. Gopi Podila, the $1000 scholarship is sponsored by the Partnership for Biotechnology Research (PBR), of which Dr. Podila was a founding member. It is awarded each year to an undergraduate student in the biological sciences who exemplifies the scholarship's three criteria: academic performance, service to the department, and a demonstrated interest in biological research.

This year, two students - Torres and fellow senior Garrett Dunn - were nominated. "It was a very close vote, as always," says Dr. Debra Moriarity, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. "Both of them have a 4.0 grade average, both are double majors in biology and chemistry, and both are very involved in research, so the faculty had trouble choosing between them."



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sullivan kenneth

Associate Director of the Office for Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability

Phone: 256-824-2676

Dr. Kenneth W. Sullivan is the Associate Director of the Office for Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability in the Research Institute at University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He has over 25 years of experience in both commercial and government sectors. His work experience includes roles as Industrial Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Supervisor, Consultant, Principal Investigator and Research Scientist. He has worked for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MFSC), Micro Craft, Inc. (now ATK) and United Technologies Corporation.

In his current assignment, Dr. Sullivan is performing supply chain evaluations in support of the Lean Enterprise Initiative at U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) located at Redstone Arsenal as well as supporting NASA MSFC Engineering Directorate in the development of supply chain requirements and supply chain management strategies.

The UA-Huntsville team performed data analysis to determine the critical items of AMCOM platforms and developed detailed, multi-level supply chain maps. The information developed in the supply chain maps was utilized to develop enterprise-level value stream maps that were utilized to determine kaizen events and other valued added activities (e.g. contractual modifications). Dr. Sullivan and the UA-Huntsville team have visited over 40 aerospace suppliers and interviewed numerous others at all levels of the aerospace and defense supply chain is support of this effort.

Dr. Sullivan was also instrumental in establishing UA-Huntsville as an Educational Network center for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI). He served as the director of the center as UA-Huntsville assisted MIT in developing the Lean Academy© course in an open enrollment format. Dr. Sullivan led the implementation of the courses at various government and private locations throughout the country.

Dr. Sullivan serves as the chairman of the supply chain network committee for the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Manufacturing Division. In this role, he leads a team consisting of aerospace and defense commercial manufacturing executives along with academic and government personnel.

Dr. Sullivan holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Ph.D. from UAH in Industrial and Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering Management.

Dr. Sullivan is a registered professional engineer, a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified NIST Lean Manufacturing and MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) trainer. He has published technical papers and made presentations at various conferences regarding lean and supply chain implementation. He has received two MSFC Director's Commendations, 1988 San Fernando Valley Engineering Merit Award and a Project Manager on the team that received the 1998 Grover E. Bell award.