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During Rhonda's time in the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Louisville, she assisted in the research of a project collaborated through the University of Louisville (Industrial Engineering Department), University of Kentucky (College of Agriculture), and Western Kentucky (Information Technology Department). This project was based on the concerns that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has had with the nations milk supply.  The goal of this project was to design, and implement a technology based “tracking” system on milk hauling trucks. This system would have the ability to establish the integrity of seals, locks, content, and routes; via sensors, electro mechanical locks, wireless technologies, and global positioning systems (GPS). Some of the technologies used for the project were based on logistics, security, and IT. Rhonda's responsibilities for the projects were to evaluate the overall logistics of the system to see where improvements in the security of the system should be made. She also researched and developed reports on applications (e.g. Hours of Service Rules, IFTA) that would make the overall system more attractive to the consumer. This project was demonstrated at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office in Lexington, KY, and was a big success. I was proud to be part of a project that is significant to our nation’s health. Research information: Cooke Tanabe, R., et al. 2008 Improving the Security and Logistics of Milk Collection and Transport, Poster presentation at the Logistics and Distribution Institute Advisory Board Meeting, Louisville, KY, September 10, 2008, Poster presentation at the Milk Transportation Security System Demonstration, Lexington, KY. 


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