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4.24.13 Dan Pallme Moderates Roundtable Panel
Dan Pallme moderated the roundtable panel on the movement of goods and people at the
2013 ITS America Annual Meeting and Expo. The roundtable speakers included Dennis
Beal, VP for Global Vehicles at FedEx; Thom Mason, Laboratory Direcotr for Oak Ridge
National Laboratory; and Brian Heath, President of Drivewyze Inc. Approximately 250
delegates attended the educational session.
4.16.13 Congrats to IFTI Associates!
We are thrilled to announce that not one, but two IFTI colleagues were recognized
at the Herff College of Engineering Awards dinner. Sean Ellis, Associate Director, was named 2013 Outstanding Staff. Dr. Mike Golias, IFTI Researcher, received the Outstanding Faculty Research Award.
4.4.13 IFTI Researcher Headed to the White House
Dr. Stephanie Ivey has received an exclusive invitation from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
and the White House Office of Public Engagement to participate in a special forum
on Women in Transportation in Washington, D.C.
The forum is focused on increasing opportunities for women in transportation. As a
member of this select group, Dr. Ivey will share best practices relative to the education,
recruitment, retention and leadership development of women. LaHood hopes to use these
discussions as a catalyst for evolving strategies for overcoming barriers. Read more...
4.4.13 Opening Doors and Minds to Engineering Professions
Dan Pallme, Dr. Mike Golias and Dr. Sabya Mishra are attending the UTC conference for the southeastern region in Orlando, FL. The
conference host is one of our proposed Regional partners, the Southeastern Transportation
Research, Innovation, Development and Education (STRIDE) Center. Dan will be showcasing the work IFTI is doing to impact the future and current workforce.
3.27.13 Motivating Students to Dream and Soar!
As part of IFTI's yearlong partnership with Wooddale High School that is highlighting
the many career opportunities in the transportation industry, both Wooddale High and
Middle School students were inspired to believe in their dreams. Barrington Irving, the youngest person and the first African American pilot to fly solo around the
world, presented his inspirational message to students and VIP guests in the Wooddale
High School auditorium. We believe that after months of field trips, presentations
and hands on projects, Mr. Irving's presentation personalized everything we have been
doing this year through the Garrett A. Morgan grant.
2.7.13 The first National Student Freight Symposium and Workforce Summit Were a Success!
The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) as part of the National Center
for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) sponsored a combined
national Student Freight Symposium and Workforce Summit on February 5-6, 2013 at the
University of Memphis. Student representatives from fourteen universities showcased
their research, connected with industry experts, networked with their peers, and toured
local freight facilities. These students are forming the next generation of freight
leaders. The two programs were integrated to provide industry professionals with opportunities
to interact with some of the best transportation students from across the nation at
both the undergraduate and graduate level. Conversely, the students actively networked
and participated in mock interviews with the industry representatives.
The Freight Workforce Summit provided an opportunity for private industry, public
sector and academic institutions to discuss the growing workforce challenges facing
this industry. The participants discussed this critical issue with the intention of
finding real solutions to a national problem. CFIRE provided academic representation
from a wide range of academic disciplines and universities. The companies represented
included FedEx, CN, Schneider National, JB Hunt, the US Department of Transportation
and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
1.29.13 Dr. Lipinski Contributes to National Publication
Dr. Lipinski was once again tapped by a national publication to share his expertise.
Click here to read the article in the Christian Science Monitor.
1.12.13 Dr. Lipinski on NPR's "On Point"
Our very own Dr. L was interviewed by Tom Ashbrook, host to the NPR show "On Point".
Dr. Lipinski discussed the effects of drought on the Mississippi River. Listen here.
12.11.12 Spotlight on Growth Industries: Transportation, Logistics and Distribution
Dan Pallme participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Mid-south Minority
Business Council. The seminar introduced existing and aspiring minority and women-owned
businesses to supply chain opportunities in key growth industries in the Greater Memphis
Region. The panel conversations focused on areas in the Transportation, Logistics
and Distribution industry where potential business opportunities exist for M/WBEs
to pursue, ultimately resulting in them becoming scalable and creating jobs. Approximately
70 people attended.
11.5.12 IFTI Maintains Strong Presence at the 2013 TRB
At the end of January, the faculty, staff and students associated with IFTI attended
the Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington D.C. We had a record
number of 15 IFTI representatives attending the conference –6 faculty /staff and 9
students. Dr. Mihalis Golias, Dr. Stephanie Ivey and Dr. Sabya Mishra were selected
to present multiple research projects via lecture and poster presentations. Click here to see the list of papers and activities. Steven Edwards was honored at the annual Council of Universities Transportation Centers (CUTC) banquet
as the IFTI Student of the Year!
10.31.12 IFTI and Memphis City Schools Receive Award
The Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Garrett
A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program grant to Wooddale High School
in partnership with the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at the
University of Memphis for their proposed Memphis Transportation Engineering Careers
(TREC) project. Read more...
10.30.12 Intermodal Freight Conference Makes National News
IFTI's 6th Annual Intermodal Freight Conference was highlighted in the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update.
10.26.12 Fall Colloquium on Transportation Management and Policy at the University
The theme of this semester's Colloquium was Freight Transportation Along the Mississippi
River Corridor. Approximately a dozen graduate students of engineering, planning,
and policy attended the Colloquium. Dan presented information to the UW-M students
from Memphis. His general presentation shared information on the FRATIS Project that
he is working on with DOT, a little on the FTLA and how to translate their transportation
knowledge into their dream job.
10.15.12 Dan Pallme Makes Television Debut
Big Truck TV interviewed Dan Pallme, IFTI's Director. Watch the interview here!
9.14.12 IFTI Hosts Eastern European Logistics Experts
For the third year in a row, IFTI welcomed a group of 25 mid- to senior-level executives
from the Eurasian transportation and logistics sector to Memphis on September 10 -
12. The group visited the Unites States as part of the Special American Business Internship
Training (SABIT) Program's Transportation Services and Logistics session through the
US Department of Commerce. The logistics experts' time in Memphis included a combination
of technical tours with corresponding educational presentations. The group visited
TAG Trucking, Williams-Sonoma Warehouse, Nike Warehouse and Comtrack Logistics. A
representative from Dunavant Logistics Group, LLC made an educational presentation
to the group on Monday. Additionally, the visitors learned from a few U of M transportation
faculty and student researchers.
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