September 26, 2018

Students attend IANA Expo in California

Twenty UW-Superior students from the Transportation and Logistics Management program traveled to Long Beach, Calif., for the annual Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) Expo 2018.

Twenty UW-Superior students from the Transportation and Logistics Management program traveled to Long Beach, Calif., for the annual Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) Expo 2018.

The intermodal network is one of the fastest growing industries with continuous expansion over that past 30 years

Twenty University of Wisconsin-Superior students from the Transportation and Logistics Management program traveled to Long Beach, Calif., for the annual Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) Expo 2018. The intermodal network is one of the fastest growing industries with continuous expansion over that past 30 years.

At the IANA Expo, students had opportunities to network with industry professionals, examine new intermodal equipment and to tour the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – the largest intermodal container ports in the United States. Professor Richard Stewart and Assistant Professor Daniel Rust coached the team and traveled with the students.

The expo, which took place September 16 to 18, was highlighted by a student case-study competition. Competing teams came from seven universities, including the College of Charleston, Georgia Southern University, SUNY Maritime College, the Universities of Maryland, North Florida, North Texas and UW-Superior. The UW-Superior team of Marta Larson, Robert Anderson and Kristin Steiner formulated answers to problems posed in the assigned intermodal railroad optimization case study. Muquing Li served as a back-up member who supported the team by developing a computer program to cross-validate the team’s work.

The UW-Superior team was selected as one of three finalists by a panel of industry professionals. The finalist universities each had 10 minutes to answer questions from industry experts. In a very close decision, the judges selected the College of Charleston as the winner. This was the fifth consecutive year that a team from UW-Superior has been a finalist or won the competition – a feat no other competing university has accomplished. As one judge commented, “UW-Superior’s exceptional performance year after year speaks volumes about the program’s overall consistently high quality.”

“Dr. Stewart and I are very proud of our Transportation and Logistics Management students, and we thank IANA for enabling us to take so many students to this amazing educational event again this year,” said Rust. “The experiences and connections made possible at the expo help our students learn more about the intermodal industry and its essential role in the global transportation system.”

As an IANA Scholarship University, UW-Superior receives $50,000 each year to spend on student educational programs, scholarships and student travel where they learn about intermodal operations.

Twenty UW-Superior students from the Transportation and Logistics Management program traveled to Long Beach, Calif., for the annual Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) Expo 2018.

Twenty UW-Superior students from the Transportation and Logistics Management program traveled to Long Beach, Calif., for the annual Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) Expo 2018.

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