Transportation and Logistics Research Center


Richard Stewart, Professor, Director, Researcher
Mei Cao, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Derick, Academic Department Associate
Stacey Carlson, Associate Researcher

The Transportation and Logistics Research Center was founded in 1999 with a mission to provide applied transportation and logistics research, education, and advisory services that benefit the region's economy. The Transportation and Logistics Research Center is located in the Department of Business and Economics in Erlanson Hall. Through its strategic goals (as listed below) the center works to promote and enhance its mission:

  • Be actively involved in applied research projects that enhance the region's transportation and logistics systems.
  • Develop and distribute informational publications and presentations to the academic community and general public. 
  • Establish continuing education courses in transportation and logistics to improve the economic effectiveness and safety of the region's transportation systems.
  • Accept recommendations from the advisory board of professionals to continuously improve the center's service to the university and the community.
  • Initiate distinguished speaker series to provide university and community opportunities to learn from and meet leaders in the field.
  • Organize seminars and workshops that expose the region to new ideas and highlight opportunities.

Past and Current Research Activities

The Transportation and Logistics Research Center is continually active in transportation and logistics research projects. The faculty and academic staff associated with the center have training in economics, accounting, geography, statistics, transportation, logistics, and various other business disciplines. Since its opening in 1999, the center has received more than $5 million in grants and endowments. A full list of research activities can be found at the Transportation and Logistics Research Center's website

The Transportation and Logistics Research Center partners with many different local and national organizations on research projects, seminars, outreach, and education. These organizations include:

  • The Transportation and Logistics Advisory Board is composed of representatives from key sectors of the transportation and logistics industry and are uniquely able to assist in creating excellence in education.
  • Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) - The UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center is a consortium member of GLMRI. The National Maritime Enhancement Institute is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research.  
  • National Center for Freight Research and Education (CFIRE) -- UW-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Research Center is a consortium member of the UW-Madison University Transportation Research Center.  
  • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium - UW-Superior hosted the 17th annual meeting in 2007 and has been awarded student scholarships and faculty grants. 
  • Keller & Associates, Inc., sponsors the Transportation Safety and Compliance Online Study Lab.  

Student Research Opportunities

The Transportation and Logistics Research Center offers the opportunity to qualified students looking to get involved in undergraduate research. Student research opportunities vary each semester depending on the number of ongoing projects. Opportunities include part-time jobs, student research assistants, and internships to help students gain valuable research experience, and further their education goals.