Transportation and Logistics Management

Faculty and Instructional Staff Top of Page

Richard Stewart, Professor; Director, Transportation and Logistics Research Center
Mei Cao, Associate Professor
Amit Mokashi, Assistant Professor
Rick Moran, Senior Lecturer

Transportation and Logistics Management Major Requirements (comprehensive) Top of Page

62 to 68 total credits

Required Department of Business & Economics core courses (36 credits):

Business Computer Applications -- 3.00 credits
Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits
Financial Accounting -- 3.00 credits
Managerial Accounting -- 3.00 credits
Business and Professional Writing -- 3.00 credits
Business Law I -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Microeconomics -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Macroeconomics -- 3.00 credits
Business Statistics -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Marketing -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Management -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Finance -- 3.00 credits

Required major courses (minimum 20 credits):

Supply Chain Management -- 3.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits
Transportation Economics -- 3.00 credits
International and Intermodal Transportation Management -- 3.00 credits
International Economics -- 3.00 credits


International Business -- 3.00 credits

Transportation six-week internship (2 credits required):

Transportation Internship -- 2.00 - 7.00 credits

Minimum two credits required.

And at least two of the following courses (6 credits required):

Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Air Transportation Management -- 3.00 credits
Land Transportation Management -- 3.00 credits
Marine Transportation Management -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Supply Chain Management -- 3.00 credits
Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits
Port and Terminal Management -- 3.00 credits

Program Description Top of Page

The mission of UW-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Management major is to "develop exceptional leaders through the integration of a liberal arts and business foundation with a Transportation and Logistics Management curriculum and internship."

Transportation management deals with the operational aspects of the five modes of transportation: air, highway, land, marine, rail, and pipeline. Logistics assumes a systems approach to a wide variety of activities such as materials handling, warehousing, traffic management, inventory control, and packaging. The major focuses on the management of transportation and logistics as an integrated supply chain system. The T&L Management major offers many career opportunities. In addition to the thousands of transportation and logistics firms that hire T&L majors, graduates work for governmental agencies in planning, operations, and analysis. The demands of the global market place require business leaders to have a command of transportation and supply chain management.

The program has a strong international component and draws on many disciplines to produce graduates with problem solving, analytical, teamwork, and communications skills. In addition to transportation and logistics courses, the students have a foundation of liberal arts and general business courses to assist in developing ethical decision makers who have a global perspective and a lifetime passion for learning. A significant learning component of the T&L Management major is the required 6-8 week internship. Students have performed internships with government agencies and private companies across the United States and overseas.

The T&L Management major is one of a limited number of American Society of Transportation and Logistics accredited programs in the United States, and the only transportation or logistics undergraduate major in Wisconsin. Students enjoy the benefits of UW-Superior's personal attention from faculty and its quality business courses, as well as Superior-Duluth's role as a North American transportation hub.

Special Accreditation Top of Page

The Transportation and Logistics Management program is accredited by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L).

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

The Transportation and Logistics Management major is committed to the UW-Superior Campus assessment plan.  T&L student learning outcomes and assessment metrics are developed through a collaborative continuous improvement process that integrates input from the campus and business communities.  Our program's student learning outcomes are found at the Office of Assessment.

Admission Requirements Top of Page

See the Department of Business & Economics admission requirements and policies.

Transportation and Logistics Certification Requirements Top of Page

This Certificate is NOT listed on a UW-Superior transcript.

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) is a professional organization founded in 1946 by a group of industry leaders to insure a high level of professionalism and promote continuing education in the field of transportation and logistics. ASTL's mission is to facilitate education and certification in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. ASTL's membership of shippers, carriers, educators, students, consultants and third-party logistics individuals are dedicated to continuing education and are committed to raising the professional standards in the industry. The professional society has a code of ethics, hosts seminars, workshops and forums, awards scholarships, and publishes the "Transportation Journal TM".

The CTL (Certified in Transportation and Logistics) Certification Program began in 1948 and is known as the premier credential in the transportation/logistics industry. The CTL designation is recognized by professionals in the U.S. Asia, Africa and South America. The Professional Certification Program of the Society attests to a certain level of expertise in transportation economics, traffic management, management tools and concepts, transportation law and regulation; international transportation and logistics and systems analysis.

To qualify an individual must be an active member of ASTL and have earned an undergraduate degree or have at least three years of professional experience in the industry. The individual is then required to pass six exam modules in relevant subject areas. AST&L also grants certification to graduates of select programs of study at leading universities.

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) grants graduates of University of Wisconsin-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Management Major the designation of Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL). The AST&L's board of examiners first reviewed the curriculum, courses and internship program of UW-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Management program in 2005 and determined that it met all the requirements for CTL designation. The board of examiners periodically reviews the program to insure the integrity of curriculum in order for UW-Superior to retain recognition from AST&L. The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) will grant UW-S T&L Management majors who apply to the Society either in their last semester of their senior year or after graduation the designation of Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL).

Transportation & Logistics Research Center Top of Page


Richard Stewart, Professor, Director, Researcher
Mei Cao, Associate Professor
Amit Mokashi, Assistant Professor
Zamira Simkins, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Derick, Academic Department Associate
Cassandra Roemhildt, Research Associate


The Transportation and Logistics Research Center was founded in 1999 with a mission to provide applied transportation, logistics, and supply chain research, education, and advisory services that benefit the region's economy.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 founding in 1999, the center has received more than $10 million in grants and endowments.The Transportation and Logistics Research Center is part of the Department of Business and Economics and is located in Erlanson Room 105.

The mission of the TLRC is to provide applied transportation and logistics research, education, and advisory services that advance the economy of the region

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. 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.
  • 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.


Projects and Research

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

CN Railroad

Key Lakes 1, Inc.

BNSF Railroad

Halvor Lines, Inc.

Duluth Port Authority

Dart Transit

Con-way Freight

Metropolitan Interstate Committee

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Duluth/Superior Transportation Association

Institute of Supply Management -- Lake Superior Chapter

Propeller Club of Duluth-Superior

Council of Supply Chain Management -- Twin Cities and North East Wisconsin Roundtables

Transportation Club of Minneapolis and St. Paul

Intermodal Association of North America

Women's Transportation Seminar

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Coast Guard

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.

The Transportation and Logistics Research Center is an active member of the following research organizations.

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI):

GLMRI represents a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center and the University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Labovitz School of Business and Economics. The GLMRI was established in 2004, and on June 1, 2005 the U.S. Maritime Administration designated GLMRI as a National Maritime Enhancement Institute. This National Maritime Enhancement Institute is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research.

The director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center, Dr. Richard Stewart, also serves as a co-director of the GLMRI.

To learn about the latest research efforts in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning, and port management, visit

National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

This multi-university research center is led by UW-Madison's University Transportation Research Center. - CFIRE is a National University Transportation Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  UW-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Research Center has been a CFIRE consortium member since 2006.

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.

Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC)

UW-Superior's Transportation and Logistics Research Center is a member of CUTC. Collectively, council members have advanced the state of the art in all modes and disciplines of transportation. In doing so, they have made significant and lasting contributions to the nation's mobility, economy, and defense. In 2014 council's membership consisted of 97 of the nation's leading university-based transportation research centers. Membership in the council is limited to any organized center, institute, division, unit, or specifically identifiable organization devoted to transportation research, education and technology transfer that is an integral part of a university or four-year college.

Student Research Opportunities

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