History: The Transportation and Logistics Research Center at UW-Superior was founded in 1999 and received permanent funding from the Wisconsin Legislature in 2001. Since its inception it has garnered more than $5 million in grants and endowments.
Past events: The Center has hosted such events as "The Gateway Opportunity: A Seminar on Trade, Transportation and the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor" and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium's annual conference.
Strategic goals: The Center works to be involved in regional transportation and logistics research and offers courses, seminars, workshops and speakers' series to help professionals and the community better understand the region's opportunities.
Advisory Board: The Center's advisory board members are appointed by the UW-Superior Provost and represent key sectors of the transportation and logistics industry. They are charged with assessing the Center's activities, considering long-term strategic goals and offering expert advice.
Dr. Richard Stewart is the founding director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center as well as the Transportation and Logistics Management academic program at UW-Superior. He has an extensive experience in the merchant marine and also as an educator and researcher in transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Dr. Stewart has secured funding from state, federal and regional sources to research shipping, rail and truck transportation systems in the Great Lakes area and has presented at national and international conferences on topics including intermodal transportation and regulation of ballast water discharge.
Dr. Mei Cao is a researcher for the Transportation and Logistics Research Center and is also associate professor in and co-chair of the Department of Business and Economics at UW-Superior. She publishes and presents research on subjects including supply chain collaboration, visual analytics and data mining applications, and manufacturing flexibility, and also serves as a research reviewer for industry journals. Dr. Cao is on sabbatical until June 2016.
Cassandra Roemhildt is research associate for the Transportation and Logistics Research Center.