|U of M Will Host Chinese Visitors Studying U.S. Waterway Transportation System
For release: Oct. 17, 2006
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The University of Memphis will host a group of Chinese researchers, engineers, and government administrators who are studying the United States' waterway system. The 20 professionals will be in Memphis October 23-24 as part of a study tour sponsored by the China Ministry of Communications (Transportation).
The group will hear presentations dealing with such topics as power generation, flood control, environmental concerns, and the economics of waterway transportation, as well as those dealing with rules and regulations for waterway transportation, and the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of waterway channels and locks.
The Memphis visit will be hosted by the U of M Transportation Center. The seminars, led mostly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be held Monday afternoon in the Herff College of Engineering. On Tuesday afternoon the group will tour the Port of Memphis.
"Memphis is one of the leading intermodal centers in the U.S, and waterway transportation is a vital component of our area's economy," said Dr. Martin Lipinski, Ensafe Professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. "We have one of the leading inland waterway ports in the county, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis plays a leading role in maintaining navigation along the Mississippi River."
The tour will include visits to the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Buffalo, N.Y., and to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
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