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UPS supports engineering program for 15th year with $40,000 donation


John Casali John Casali, of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has helped ensure funding by delivery giant UPS for the college every year since 1996.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 5, 2011 – The United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation has for the 15th consecutive year awarded an academic grant to Virginia Tech's Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the amount of $40,000 for 2011.

Funds will be used to support doctoral students in the Grado department's Human Factors Engineering/ Ergonomics graduate program.

“The primary use of the money is for support of doctoral students who are undertaking practical, applied research in ergonomics, safety, and human factors engineering,” said John Casali, the John Grado Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Casali made his first proposal for the UPS grant in 1995, and since has served as the foundation’s coordinator at Virginia Tech. UPS has awarded approximately $750,000 under this particular grant to the College of Engineering, thereby funding more than three dozen doctoral degree students.

Casali’s relationship with UPS also has resulted in representatives from the corporate giant serving on the industrial and systems engineering advisory board since the mid-1990s. Don Wittke, corporate engineering manager at UPS and a current member of the Grado advisory board, was instrumental in assisting with the proposal for this year’s grant, Casali said.

Based in Atlanta, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas in nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety, and environmental sustainability in issuing its grants.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 6,000 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a "hands-on, minds-on" approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.