Transportation and Logistics Management

Faculty and Instructional Staff Top of Page

Richard Stewart, Professor; Director, Transportation and Logistics Research Center
Mei Cao, Professor, Director, School of Business and Economics
Daniel Rust, Assistant Professor

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 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.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

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:

  1. Knowledge of the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management.
  2. Knowledge of the legal, social, and economic environments of business.
  3. Knowledge of the global environment of business.
  4. Knowledge of the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.
  5. The ability to use decision-support tools.
  6. The ability to communicate effectively.
  7. The ability to apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner.
  8. 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.

Admission Requirements Top of Page

See the School of Business and Economics admission requirements and policies

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

62 total credits

Required School of Business & Economics core courses (33 credits):

Introduction to Business -- 3.00 credits

Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences -- 3.00 credits


Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits

Financial Accounting -- 3.00 credits
Managerial Accounting -- 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 T&L 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: (minimum 2 credits required) See Internship section

Transportation Internship -- 2.00 - 7.00 credits

And at least three of the following courses (9 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


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.

Transportation and Logistics Management Major Internships Top of Page

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.

Academic Requirements:

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

Transportation and Logistics Research Center Top of Page


Richard Stewart, Professor, Director
Mei Cao, Professor
Daniel Rust, Assistant Professor
Cassandra Roemhildt, 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:

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 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

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

UW-Superior is a member of the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC).  The University's T&L Research Center hosted the 17th annual meeting in 2007 and the 26th annual meeting in 2016.  UW-Superior has been awarded student scholarships and grants for research and outreach.

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.