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

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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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Principal Research Scientist

Email: joe.paxton@uah.edu
Phone: 256-824-4284 

Joe Paxton is a Principal Research Scientist in the Office for Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability in the Research Institute at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has over 15 years experience in engineering and engineering management in private, public and state and federal government organizations. His work experience includes roles as Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Project Coordinator, Research Scientist, Strategic Services Manager, Area Manager and Supply Chain Manager.

Mr. Paxton has experience in training and implementing lean manufacturing, as well as optimizing supply chains. He has trained personnel, facilitated continuous improvement activities and coached executives in numerous industries, including automotive, electronics, medical, industrial equipment, forest products, and aerospace/defense. His most recent experience involves mapping and optimizing supply chains for NASA and the U.S. Army, as well as applying lean principles and improving business processes for the Department of Energy.

Mr. Paxton is a NIST certified trainer in Principles of Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Quick Changeover, Kanban/Pull Systems, Total Productive Maintenance and Value Stream Mapping.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering with a major in Manufacturing Systems and is pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering. He also a Certified SCOR Professional, a Six Sigma Green Belt and has received numerous commendations from customers, both commercial and government.