It is with a heavy heart that I must report that the Web Handling Research Center at Oklahoma State University has closed after 35 years of world-class research.
Many around the world regarded the WHRC as the Mecca of Web Handling. Some, such as myself, made the biennial pilgrimage to give a paper at the IWEB Conference. However, this touches me even more personally. I was there at the beginning, being one of its first students and one of its first employees. I received my Ph.D. thesis there before moving on to other employments.
The WHRC at Oklahoma State University was founded in 1984 by Karl Reid and his first Ph.D. student, Dr. John Shelton, who some regard as the godfather of web handling. The center was sponsored by the NSF and other government organizations as well as a consortium of 10 to 20 Blue Chip US-based industrial companies.
I will try to give a more detailed accounting of the WHRC in an upcoming clip.
Web501.01 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBciGxBq1rw