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Georgia Southern University wins two IANA student challenges

Students clean up in case study challenges


October 8, 2020
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Alecia Breen, Ana Ortiz-Contreras and David Hudgins made up the Logistics and Supply Chain Academic Competition team.

CALVERTON, Maryland –Teams from Georgia Southern University have won two IANA student competitions in recent weeks.

Undergraduate teams have won the Intermodal Association of North America’s tenth Logistics and Supply Chain Academic Competition and the ninth Intermodal Expo Academic Challenge in Long Beach, California.

The annual competition was held virtually this year.

Alecia Breen, Ana Ortiz-Contreras and David Hudgins made up the Logistics and Supply Chain Academic Competition team.

Their challenge case study focused on import volume trends resulting from the U.S.-China trade war and the current global pandemic, from the perspective of a fictitious drayage company.

For the Expo competition the team was David Vaughn, John Eubanks and Santiago Suarez.

For the Expo competition the team was David Vaughn, John Eubanks and Santiago Suarez. They responded to a case that focused on analyzing volume trends from both the intermodal and over-the-road perspectives.

The other competing undergraduate schools included Auburn University and the following IANA scholarship schools: the California State Maritime Academy, the College of Charleston, SUNY Maritime College, and the Universities of Maryland, North Florida, North Texas and Wisconsin at Superior.

Attracting students to the industry

The competition supports each institution’s curriculum designed to educate students on intermodal transportation and attract them to the industry following graduation.

“IANA’s academic case competitions motivate students to apply learning from coursework and encourage them to research contemporary problems facing various facets of intermodal logistics,” said Prof. Gerald Burke, Georgia Southern’s team advisor and chair of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Department.

“Participating students improve their capabilities in solving problems, thinking critically and communicating effectively. Ultimately, they gain experience and take with them confidence for meeting challenges they will face in their futures.”

“Georgia Southern excelled with their understanding of the subject matter, this time under novel circumstances,” said Joni Casey, president and CEO of IANA.

“Our congratulations to all the teams. They proved themselves in terms of analytical ability and team building in a distanced environment, skills which should serve them well in their careers.”

Since the Scholarship Program’s inception in 2007, IANA has awarded more than US$3 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.