ISE and CAVS Helping to Improve Prospective Automotive Plant Sites

August 27, 2007

Professors Burak Eksioglu, Sandra Eksioglu, and Mingzhou Jin of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) are Co-Principal Investigators with Clay Walden and Steve Puryear from CAVS Extension of a $131,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Their goal is to assist MDOT with preliminary site planning for prospective automotive manufacturing plants.

The project builds upon the recently completed work that focused on analyzing several of Mississippi’s prospective automotive manufacturing sites from the perspective of outbound logistics (shipping products from the site). The previous work resulted in the development of a methodology that can be used to assess a prospective manufacturing site from the standpoint of outbound logistics. The same is needed for inbound logistics (receiving raw materials into the site) and is the focus of the MDOT grant. The new project contains two components in terms of analysis of prospective automotive assembly sites: development of an inbound traffic model and identification of requirements the inbound traffic poses to the transportation infrastructure. Once a site is selected, then MDOT’s engineering team must develop preliminary plans and infrastructure designs within a compressed time schedule.

ISE and CAVS routinely support economic development in Mississippi. For additional information, contact Burak Eksioglu at (662) 325-7625 or