Dr. Suraj Alexander Receives Patent
Dr. Suraj Alexander, Professor of Industrial Engineering, has been awarded a patent for his work on the development of a security monitoring system for use in transporting the nation's milk supply. The work is the result of a $1.5 million Homeland Security grant to a collaborative group from University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University and the Kentucky dairy industry to develop a prototype monitoring system that ensures the security of milk at one of its most vulnerable points – during transport from the farm to the dairy plant. The system would replace the current one in use by transporters that relies only on plastic, numbered seals on the tanker openings, some of which are not tamper evident. The newly patented system will enhance security by using sensors to verify the driver’s identity, sensors on the tank openings to verify that only permitted personnel have access, and a Global Positioning Satellite system to provide the location of the truck .
U.S. Patent Number 7,886,959 was issued on February 15, 2011 for the invention "Security Monitoring System for a Bulk Foodstuff transport Container". Co-inventors are: Christopher D. Thompson, Suraj M. Alexander, Brian D. Luck, James R. Moore, Jonathan C. Paschal, Timothy S. Stombaugh, Nasrin Tabayehnejad, and Phillip C. Womble.