Georgia Southern University wins intermodal student competition

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

CALVERTON, Maryland – An undergraduate team fielded by Georgia Southern University won the Intermodal Association of North America’s ninth Intermodal EXPO Academic Challenge in Long Beach, Calif. It was their first victory in this annual competition.

The students representing the University were David Vaughn, John Eubanks and Santiago Suarez. Each of the participating teams responded to a case that focused on analyzing volume trends from both the intermodal and over-the-road perspectives.

The other competing undergraduate schools, all IANA scholarship schools, included the College of Charleston, SUNY Maritime College, and the Universities of Maryland, North Florida, North Texas and Wisconsin-Superior. The competition supports each institution’s curriculum designed to educate students of intermodal transportation and attract them to the industry following graduation.

“I think that this competition drives value in three ways,” said Dr. Marc Scott, assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management as well as the director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.

“It connects students with the industry, which makes them enthusiastic; the case study itself encourages critical thinking; and it shows to the students that there’s a lot of opportunity in this industry.”

“The Academic Competition continues to be an inspiration to those of us who have already made intermodal our career,” said Joni Casey, president and CEO of IANA.

“All the teams impressed the judges with their professionalism, preparation and analytical ability. My congratulations to the winner, Georgia Southern University, and to all the participating schools.”

Since the Scholarship Program’s inception in 2007, IANA has awarded more than $2.8 million to support students in university programs focused on freight and intermodal transportation. These funds support tuition, student research projects on intermodal issues, and curriculum development.