Transportation and Logistics Management
- Faculty and Instructional Staff
- Program Description
- Student Learning Outcomes
- Admission Requirements
- Transportation and Logistics Management Major Requirements (comprehensive)
- Transportation and Logistics Management Major Internships
- Transportation and Logistics Research Center
Richard Stewart, Professor; Director, Transportation and Logistics Research Center
Mei Cao, Professor, Director, School of Business and Economics
Daniel Rust, Assistant Professor
Cindy Botten, Financial Specialist
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 the only transportation or logistics undergraduate major in Wisconsin. Students learn Supply Chain Management as part of their T&L core curriculum. Students enjoy the benefits of UW-Superiorr's personal attention from faculty and its quality business courses, as well as Superior-Duluth's role as a North American transportation hub-for all five modes of transportation.
The Transportation and Logistics Management major is committed to the UW-Superior Campus learning 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:
- Knowledge of the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management.
- Knowledge of the legal, social, and economic environments of business.
- Knowledge of the global environment of business.
- Knowledge of the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.
- The ability to use decision-support tools.
- The ability to communicate effectively.
- The ability to apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner.
- Knowledge of transportation operations and supply chain management, as well as related global, ethical, cultural, environmental, technological, regulatory, and risk management issues faced by transportation and supply chain managers.
62 to 67 total credits
Required School of Business & Economics core courses (36 credits):
Required T&L major courses (minimum 20 credits):
Transportation six-week internship:
(minimum 2 credits required) See Internship section-
And at least three of the following courses (9 credits required):
Students with more than one major in SBE must have a minimum 5 course difference between majors. The 5 or more courses that differ between majors must be a combination of required major/concentration courses and elective courses.
The internship program is designed to provide an opportunity for an upper-level student to gain valuable experience with a transportation/logistics: company, government agency, or not-for-profit. The student would be able to apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom and from readings to an operating organization. The intent is to expand that static knowledge in a dynamic setting and to assist the organization in a productive manner. The student will then bring that knowledge back to the university and share his or her experience and insight in the classroom enriching other students and faculty. The transportation/logistics organization is able, at a relatively low expense, to utilize the services of a student whose education and drive is focused on serving that industry. The organization has an opportunity to evaluate a potential employee and give current employees additional leadership experience as they mentor the student. In addition when the organization provides feedback to the university on the internship program, they help shape the education of their future employees.
Internship Time Frame:
A minimum six-week long internship for 2 credits is required of all Transportation and Logistics Management Majors. A typical workweek is 20 to 40 hours.
Students, in cooperation with a company, may elect to do a longer internship. Internships of eight weeks are quite common, and some companies and students seek a 15-week long semester internship. After the initial six weeks, students may be awarded 1 credit for each additional 45 hours provided that the student also completes all required academic assignments associated with the internship. The credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis and is from two to seven credits total.
While serving as interns the students are required to keep a daily log that describes the type of activity that they are engaged in each working day. The students are required to submit a final report that we request that they have reviewed by their supervisor prior to sending to the University. Upon their return to the university, the students are required to make a formal public presentation to the faculty or in one of the Transportation and Logistics Management courses. The formal presentation will either describe the operations of the firm or a project that the student completed while on the internship. Representatives from the firm would be welcome to attend these presentations
Youtube video clips supporting the T&L internship program can be found at:
Part 1 - http://youtu.be/gYYhd4UOLgI
Part 2 - http://youtu.be/vI9cXA1-lko
Richard Stewart, Professor, Director
Mei Cao, Professor
Daniel Rust, Assistant Professor
Cindy Botten, Financial Specialist
The Transportation and Logistics Research Center (TLRC) 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 TLRC 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 TLRC is part of the School of Business and Economics and is located in Erlanson Hall 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:
Key Lakes 1, Inc.
Halvor Lines, Inc.
Duluth Port Authority
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 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 http://www.glmri.org/
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. http://www.wistrans.org/cfire - 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 will host the 26th annual meeting in 2016. UW-Superior has been awarded student scholarships and grants.
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.