U of M's IFTI and Russian University Agree to Exchange Program
The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at the University of Memphis
hosted a delegation of 20 Russian logistics professionals as part of the International
Trade Administration Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program
During the program, the U of M and Volga State Academy of Water Transport signed a
memorandum of agreement to hold scientific, educational and cultural exchanges. Dr.
Andy Meyers, U of M vice provost for Research, signed the agreement on behalf of Interim
President Brad Martin.
IFTI arranged a three-day freight transportation course for the Russian professionals
that included time with several IFTI research faculty members to learn about the four
modes of transportation and IFTI's research specialties, presentations from the Memphis
logistics industry (BNSF, Commercial Advisors, CN Railway, Dunavant Logistics, FedEx,
and JAMAC Logistics) and a few technical tours to the CN Hump Yard, BNSF Intermodal
Yard and the FedEx night sort. This is the fourth year that IFTI has hosted a SABIT
"We are overwhelmed by the opportunity to solidify this international partnership
with a transportation university in Russia. Partnerships like these truly signify
the global impact of our research," says Dan Pallme, IFTI interim director. "This
agreement impacts our current and future students by expanding their breadth of opportunities."
The International Trade Association, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, strengthens
the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair
trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements.
IFTI addresses critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the
nation's intermodal freight transportation systems, with an emphasis on the intermodal
issues that have local significance with national and international implications.
The extensive transportation infrastructure in the Memphis region provides the perfect
working laboratory for IFTI to solve critical problems facing the freight industry
and to generate educational opportunities to develop tomorrow's leaders. More information
about IFTI is available online at www.memphis.edu/IFTI.