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4.8.2014 Dan Pallme to Present IFTI Research to the Traffic Club of Memphis
The American Society of Civil Engineers gives an annual report card on the infrastructure
in the United States. They gave the infrastructure a rating of D+. In the Memphis
area, we have seen many construction projects that will be improving our infrastructure.
While the I240 construction and the restriction to one lane on Sam Cooper has received
most of the publicity; there are several more projects on the horizon in the Memphis
area. How to deal with these issues, while trying to maintain a business, will be
critical to the success of transportation related companies and the general public.
Dan Pallme will be presenting on some of IFTI's research that pertains to routing
to save time, money and patience! Attend the event on April 8 2014 at 11:15 to hear
ways you can "Use Data to Make your Trucking or Logistics Company More Efficient and Profitable."
If you are interested in attending, contact Kimberly Grantham.
4.3.14 IFTI Represented at NASBITE Conference
Dan Pallme participated as a panelist at the 27th Annual National Association of Small
Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) International Conference. Dan shared
insights into the current realities of 21st Century Workforce Skills and how to can
guide students or clients to prepare for the global workforce. The other panelists included Dr. Carol Stax-Brown, Executive Director of Community Colleges in International Development
(CCID) & Panel Members Eric Skubish Director of International, Johnsonville Sausage
3.19.14 IFTI Research Presented as Part of the Transportation Innovation Series
IFTI's research was presented on a national stage March 19th! Dan Pallme, IFTI Director,
presented research conducted by Dr. Mihalis Golias and himself as part of the Transportation
Innovation Series. The US Department of Transportation hosted Dan in Washington DC.
to present their findings. Being chosen to be the only presenter at this event is
a huge compliment to our program and researchers. Click here to watch the presentation.
3.17.14 Kelsey Ford Representing the UofM
Kelsey Ford (BSCE 2012), an IFTI student researcher and graduate student in the Department
of Civil Engineering was selected to represent the University of Memphis at the Graduate
Education Day Celebration at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Ms. Ford and Dr.
Karen Weddle-West, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, will have lunch with the Shelby
County Legislative Delegation and will speak with other state legislators throughout
the day about her research and the importance of Graduate Education in Memphis and
3.11.14 Annie Wise Selected as an ENO Fellow!
Each year, the Eno Leadership Development Conference gives 20 of the nation's top
graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation
policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those
selected as "Eno Fellows" come to Washington, DC, for a week of meetings with federal
officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations in the spring. Our
very own Annie Wise was invited to become an Eno Fellow for 2014.
2.27.14 CFIRE National Freight Symposium
The students associated with IFTI traveled to the University of Southern Mississippi
– Gulf Park to attend the 2nd annual National Freight Student Symposium. The seven
students from the U of M presented research work, participated in a team competition,
listened to presentation made by public and private industry professional and participated
in interview sessions with transportation companies. The University of Memphis hosted
this event last year as part of our membership in the National Center for Freight
& Infrastructure, Research & Education (CFIRE). The IFTI team is pictured below under
the "Friendship Tree" at the University of Southern Mississippi. The tree is over
500 years old.
This year CFIRE added an outreach project to the symposium activities. The night before
the event began, students from the partner universities conducted a "Family Transportation
Night". Hosted at a local middle school in Ocean Springs Mississippi, the group led
approximately 175 students in hands-on activities that help to introduce transportation
engineering career possibilities. The University of Memphis also presented a program
with much of the same hands-on demonstrations for approximately 200 Jackson Academy students in Jackson, MS on their way to the event.
2.26.14 Memphis Wins Traffic Bowl!
The University of Memphis defeated Vanderbilt in the 2014 Collegiate Traffic Bowl
competition in Nashville, TN on February 26, 2014. Team members Darin Nelson, Kelsey
Ford, and Annie Wise competed at the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation
Engineers (ITE) meeting at Tennessee State University and pulled off a landslide win! Our
team will now advance to the Southern District ITE competition in Greensboro, Georgia
on March 31st. Go Tigers Go!
2.25.14 Jackson Academy Demonstration
While heading to the Student Freight Symposium in Gulfport, MS, IFTI researchers,
student researchers and staff stopped in Jackson, MS to demonstrate STEM exercises
to about 200 Jackson Academy's (JA) fifth and sixth graders and teachers February
25 in the PAC. JA teachers learned the exercises on stage. Students cheered for their
teachers, who worked in teams to build race cars that would run and boats that could
carry pebbles. Teachers were given the lesson plans to recreate the exercises in their
own classrooms. To view all the photos from the STEM demonstration in the Jackson
Academy Performing Arts Center, click here.
2.20.14 USDOT Assistant Secretary to Visit the U of M
The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute is hosting Susan Kurland, Assistant
Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation
March 5 and 6. The Assistant Secretary will tour the FedEx hub, visit the aviation
optional program at Wooddale High School and chair a roundtable discussion with Memphis-area
transportation industry professionals to discuss engaging women in the transportation
field. Assistant Secretary Kurland leads the APEC Women in Transportation initiative
on behalf of Secretary of Transportation Foxx. As the culmination of her visit, she
will deliver the key note address at the Society of Female Transportation Professionals
Blue Pump Gala. Read more...
1.23.14 Dr. Mihalis Golias Receives Special TRB Recognition
Dr. Mihalis Golias, IFTI faculty researcher, was honored with a special recognition
for his diligent and excellent work performed on behalf of the Marine Environment
1.12.14 IFTI Student Named CFIRE Student of the Year
Virginia "Annie" Wise, a graduate student pursuing her Masters of Civil Engineering
degree with a concentration in transportation, was named the 2013 National Center
for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) Student of the Year.
She was selected as the most outstanding student from the ten universities that make
up the CFIRE consortium. Click here to meet Annie...
12.13.13 IFTI Contributes to the TN Freight Advisory Committee
IFTI's Director and Director Emeritus participated in the December 13th TN Freight
Advisory Committee in Nashville, TN. IFTI is working with the MPO, TDOT and MDOT to
make sure the Memphis region is properly represented. Dan Pallme moderated a roundtable
conversation during the event.
11.26.13 Wooddale Flight Academy is Open!
Congratulations to IFTI's partner, Wooddale High School, for taking their Aviation
career training to new heights with a formal dedication of the school's new National
Flight Academy (NFA) Aviation Classroom Experience (ACE). The dedication caps a 15-month
renovation project that elevates the Wooddale program to a national level as part
of the NFA's network of ACE programs coast to coast. Click here for more information.
11.22.13 IFTI Researchers, Staff and Students Participate in Engineering Day!
The Herff College of Engineering opened its doors to the community and to thousands
of elementary, middle school and high school students during its E-Day open house
Friday, Nov. 22. The event hosted engineering competitions for the visiting students
as well as showcasing engineering activities and research being conducted at the College.
IFTI student researchers conducted the transportation challenge, while IFTI's Interim
Director, Associate Director and PhD candidates showcased a transportation simulation.
11.20.13 IFTI and Russian Academy of Water Transport Agree to Exchange Program
IFTI hosted a delegation of 20 Russian logistics professionals as part of the International
Trade Administration Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program
Nov. 18-20. 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. Read more...
11.19.13 Multi-Disciplinary Networking at the U of M
On November 19, University of Memphis transportation and logistics students attended
the Memphis World Trade Club monthly meeting featuring long-time transportation friend
of IFTI, Neely Mallory. The networking and mentoring mixer was held in downtown Memphis
at the historic Cotton Museum. Dan Pallme, IFTI Director, introduced the 12 U of M
students to over 100 memphis area transportation professionals.
11.12.13 Driving West TN Forward
Dan Pallme served as a panelist for the Driving West TN Forward forum at the University
of Memphis Lambuth Campus on November 12. The forum explored the growing use of natural
gas as a source of fuel for transportation. Clean burning natural gas has become a
major player in its use as a transportation fuel, with costs at one-half to one-third
that of gasoline, and the need for the United States to be energy independent is at
an all time high. While many utilities, public agencies, companies, and individuals
are reaping the economic benefits, there is still a need to educate these groups on
the significant benefits that can be realized. Approximately 50 people attended the
event. Read the Jackson Sun's article.
11.1.13 The White House Issued a Challenge...the University of Memphis Accepted
Challenge: Increase the breadth of women participating in the transportation workforce.
IFTI accepted the challenge and then some. Click here to read RITA's spotlight article
on the Center for Advancement of Female Transportation Professionals.
10.24.13 IFTI Researcher Presents @ Conference
The Transportation Research Board Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) recently
conducted a two day symposium in Herndon, Virginia to provide a forum to explore how
transportation planners, in focusing on freight flows, can benefit from using private-sector
techniques to amplify existing freight-demand forecasting models, data. Dr. Sabya
Mishra's research was presented in the symposium. National and international public-sector
planners, modeling researchers, and private-sector supply-chain practitioners attended
10.14.13 IFTI Students Enjoy Port Night
Thanks to a generous donation from the Memphis World Trade Club, 10 IFTI students
researchers attended Port Night, the Trade Club's annual evening event, on Thursday,
October 10. Allan Bowden, immediate past President of the Memphis World Trade Club
introduced the students to the over 700 attendees.
10.4.13 IFTI Participates in Quarterly MPO Meeting
Our good friends at the Memphis MPO asked Dan Pallme, IFTI Director, to serve as a
speaker for the MDOT quarterly meeting. The meeting served as an opportunity for staff
from each agency to meet and provide updates on projects, find solutions to operational
issues and share best practices among the MPO's. Dan shared information about his
work with FRATIS on the Federal level to about 35 MPO personnel from Tennessee and
9.24.13 Transportation and Logistics - Not Just for Men!
On September 24, 2013, Cheryl Citrone moderated the the Mid-South Women in Transportation Panel and Networking Session.
The panel showcased the variety of opportunities available through transportation
careers, highlighted challenges and successes of women in the Memphis area pursuing
these fields, and provided an opportunity for networking amongst students, faculty
and industry professionals focused in transportation. Click here to read and see more! IFTI's Center for the Advancement of Female Transportation Professionals and the Society for Female Transportation Professionals (Memphis Branch) hosted event.
9.24.13 7th Annual Intermodal Freight Conference
IFTI hosted the 7th Annual Intermodal Conference on September 24, 2013 at the FedEx
Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. The conference featured
world-class presentations by industry experts, government officials, and transportation professors. Several
IFTI students were recognized for excelling in transportation research and for their
contributions to the transportation industry. Click here to read the Memphis Daily News Article. Access conference materials here.
Leaders in Transportation: Dr. Marty Lipinksi IFTI, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer,
TN Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Rep Cohen photo courtesy of Neila Dempsey
9.24.13 2013 IFTI Special Recognition
IFTI Friend of the Year
Director of Long Range Planning
IFTI Student of the Year
Virginia Annie Wise
9.20.13 IFTI Reaching Out to Memphis Area Rotarians
Dan Pallme was invited to speak at the Friday, September 20th Rotary Club of Memphis
Central meeting. Dan discussed IFTI's Freight Transportation Leadership Academy and
explained how the program is designed to equip industry executives with fundamental
leadership skills, a base of knowledge in the four transportation modes and their
connectivity as well as the opportunity to learn from and network with other transportation
9.12.13 IFTI Students Attend Women's Conference
Four female IFTI research students attended the Great Women, Great Things conference.
During the conference, the students participated in professional development sessions
and networked with Memphis-area women transportation professionals.
9.9.13 Intermodal Freight Conference Featured in the MJB
IFTI's good friend, Andy Ashby, featured the September 24 Intermodal Freight Conference
in today's Memphis Business Journal. Click here to read the story.
9.6.13 Mid-South Women in Transportation Panel
IFTI's Center for the Advancement of Female Transportation Professionals invites you to the Mid-South Women in Transportation panel Tuesday, September 24th from 1:00-2:30. The panel session will be hosted following
the Intermodal Freight Conference in the Fishbowl Room (205) of the FedEx Institute
The free session will showcase the variety of opportunities available through transportation
careers, highlight challenges and successes of women in the Memphis area pursuing
these fields, and provide an opportunity for networking amongst students, faculty
and industry professionals focused in transportation.
The session will also explore opportunities for the newly-formed Society of Female
Transportation Professionals to provide networking and professional development for
women in these fields. Please join us as we start the conversations connecting future
and current transportation professionals!
9.5.13 Grab your golf clubs, put on your game face...
The 4th Annual Fight for the Freight Cup Golf Tournament is coming up! Join IFTI on Thursday, October 3rd at the Windyke Country club. Enjoy beautiful weather, great
friends, refreshing drinks, good golf and lots of prizes!
9.1.13 IFTI Creates New Center for Women
IFTI's vision is to connect people to solutions in freight and logistics. The new
Center for the Advancement of Female Transportation Professionals (CAFTP) achieves this mission. CAFTP provides a forum for research, education, and
professional development focusing on increasing representation and advancement of
women in the transportation profession.
8.20.13 IFTI Hosts TDOT Meeting
The Tennessee Department of Transportation hosted their Regional Freight Advisory
Committee meeting at the University of Memphis today. IFTI served has the host institution
and welcomed over 20 people to campus.
8.16.13 Dan Pallme Makes the News!
Dan Pallme was featured as a transportation expert on a Fox 13 News story. Darrell
Greene was determining if Memphis is ready for a train derailment. Watch Dan in action here.
8.9.13 USDOT Chief Economist Coming to Memphis!
USDOT Chief Economist, John "Jack" Wells is joining the Intermodal Freight Conference
speaker line up. This year's conference is outstanding! Join IFTI for the free conference
scheduled for September 24, 2013. Register today!
8.7.13 IFTI Director Attends Meeting with Secretary Foxx
Dan Pallme was part of a small group of Memphis area transportation industryprofessionals
who participated in a transportation roundtable with Secretary Foxx. The attendees
included regional and state stakeholders.
8.6.13 IFTI Director Addresses Memphis MPO
Dan Pallme, IFTI Director made a presentation to the Memphis MPO Freight Advisory
Committee. Dan was one of five outside speakers invited to address the group of about
45 participants. His presentation shared information about the work he is doing with
IFTWG. The Committee appointed Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell as Chair and Mr.
Don Colvin of FedEx and a member of the IFTI Executive Board as Vice Chair. This committee
structure ensures that public and private sector freight stakeholders have a direct
line of communication with the Transportation Policy Board (TPB). The FAC meeting
agenda included presentations covering major highway construction projects in the
region, new technology that can improve private sector operational efficiency, and
an outline of the next steps in developing an MPO Freight Plan.The MPO is utilizing
the U of M depth of knowledge with private industry. Dan and Pragati Srivastava worked
together to create the agenda and flow of the meeting.
8.5.13 IFTI Associate Director Meets with CFIRE Partners
Sean Ellis, IFTI's Associate Director traveled to Hattiesburg, MS to participate the
Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at the University of Southern
Mississippi strategic planning and advisory committee meetings.
7.29.13 IFTI Addresses Kazakhstan Trade Delegation
Dr. Martin Lipinski and Sean Ellis shared information about IFTI with approximately
20 business owners and entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan as part of the Kazakhstan Business
Connections Development Tour. Organized by International Executive Service Corps
and sponsored by USAID, the group is in the United States for three weeks to visit
American cities noted for their connection to trade and logistics.
7.12.13 Listen to Dan Pallme on the FHWA Talking Freight Seminar
Dan Pallme served as a panelist on the June 19th Talking Freight Seminar on the Growth
of Inland Intermodal Facilities sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. Dan
provided an overall economic and transportation perspective. His presentation focused
on the factors that influence the growth of intermodal facilities at inland locations
and other economic development and transportation by-products associated with the
opening of these facilities. Access the podcast and notes here.
7.11.13. CFIRE Project Update Webinar
Researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison gave
updates on two CFIRE research initiatives. Mark Abkowitz and Bob Stammer (Vanderbilt)
spoke about the Multi-Modal Freight Safety, Security, and Environmental Routing Tool
(RI-01) project. Download this presentation. Mark Abkowitz and Janey Kamp (Vanderbilt) and Tracey Holloway and Monica Harkey
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) spoke about the Estimating the Effects of Extreme
Weather on Transportation Infrastructure (RI-05) project. Download this presentation. In addition, you can listen to the audio recording for both presentations.
7.2.13 IFTI Researcher Published!
Dr. Esra Ozdenerol and Dr. Angela Antipova's findings for the research project Using Longitudinal Employer Dynamics (LED) data for the Analysis of Memphis Aerotropolis,
Tennessee were accepted for publication by the Journal of Applied Geography.
6.24.13 IFTI Interim Director Addresses Congressional Freight Panel
Dan Pallme, IFTI's Interim Director, briefed the Congressional Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation about IFTI's freight research and University
6.17 - 6.21.13 Transportation Week at the U of M!
IFTI researchers and students are opening doors and minds to engineering professions
through two fast-paced interactive summer programs that engage, educate, and excite Memphis area students with a number of activities
designed to motivate and challenge participants to explore engineering. The Girls Experiencing Engineering Program (GEE) targets middle and high school aged girls. The male version of the program is
called TRansportation Engineering Careers (TREC).
6.17.13 CFIRE Project Update Webinar
Richard Stewart (UW-Superior), Gene Clark (UW Sea Grant), David Knight (Great Lakes
Commission), and Bill Likos (UW-Madison) presented updates on three projects related
to the beneficial use of dredged materials. The recorded version of this webinar is now available for online viewing.
6.11-6.12.13 IFTI Hosts National CUTC Meeting
More than 130 transportation-related academicians from the major universities in the
United States will attend the two-day conference. Participants will include individuals
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, the University
of California-Berkeley and many other schools, as well as representatives from the
U.S. Department of Transportation and state transportation organizations. Read More...
5.30.13 CFIRE Project Update Webinar
Martin Lipinski (University of Memphis) and Mihalis Golias (University of Memphis)
presented updates the Enhancing Rail Connectivity to Underserved Rural Communities (RI-07) project. The recorded version of this webinar is now available for online viewing.
5.6.13 CFIRE Project Update Webinar
Dr. Stephanie Ivey from the University of Memphis presented an update on the Making Freight-Centric Communities More Livable (RI-02) project. The recorded version of this webinar is now available for online viewing.
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.
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