May 17, 2018

UW-Superior celebrates National Transportation Week

T.J. Ahvenniemi '14, new manager of Airport Facilities at Thunder Bay International Airports Authority

T.J. Ahvenniemi '14, new manager of Airport Facilities at Thunder Bay International Airports Authority

Former student’s letter arrives at the perfect time

This week is National Transportation Week, and it has special meaning for the University of Wisconsin-Superior, home to one of the nation’s top Transportation and Logistics Management (TLM) programs.

The B.A./B.S. major is the only program in Wisconsin and Minnesota in which students take classes in transportation management, logistics, and supply chain management. Located where five modes of transportation converge, Superior, Wis., is an ideal location.

All TLM students gain real-world experience by completing an internship and graduates are prepared for entry-level management positions in transportation, logistics and supply chain management. The program boasts a 100 percent placement rate and many students receive job offers before graduation day.

T.J. Ahvenniemi ’14 is a former student who is a great example of the success UW-Superior TLM majors are finding in the transportation industry. He recently contacted Dr. Richard Stewart , TLM Professor, to let him know about the success he’s finding in the aviation sector and to thank him. His words are a great example of why UW-Superior has much to celebrate during National Transportation Week.

“Dear Dr. Stewart, I’m not sure if you remember me (men’s hockey player, graduated 2014), but I just wanted to quickly reach out and thank you and your TLM program. I had a fantastic experience and wanted you to know personally that it set me up for success. 

With my TLM degree I was able to gain some great experience right out of the gates back home in Thunder Bay at the new Thunder Bay Courthouse.  The opportunity allowed me to gain valuable Facility Management experience as I was able work my way up to a Facility Manager position within one of Canada’s leading real estate management companies.

I now feel like things have come full-circle, as I have always wished. With my TLM background being a factor (viewed as unique and potentially valuable), I successfully accepted a new position as Manager of Airport Facilities with the Thunder Bay International Airports Authority. This opportunity has been incredible so far.  I get to work in tandem with a dedicated team, surrounded by a big industry, in a fast paced and engaging environment — a dream come true.

Thought I’d share my story with you as I feel you were a big part of why I stuck it out in TLM.  Keep in mind I got to where I am within about four years post grad. Anything can happen for UW-Superior TLM students!”

T.J. Ahvenniemi '14, new manager of Airport Facilities at Thunder Bay International Airports Authority

T.J. Ahvenniemi '14, new manager of Airport Facilities at Thunder Bay International Airports Authority

The UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Management major has graduated more than 275 students since its inception nearly 20 years ago. With a 100 percent placement rate, program alumni are in-demand and finding jobs throughout all sectors of transportation and business.

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