Scholarship Program

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Since its inception in 2007, IANA has awarded close to $4 million to support students in university programs focused on freight and intermodal transportation. The nine undergraduate schools currently receiving scholarship awards are the College of Charleston, Georgia Southern University, the University of Maryland, SUNY Maritime College, the University of North Florida, the University of North Texas, California State University at Long Beach, California State University Maritime Academy and the University of Wisconsin — Superior. The Denver Transportation Institute @ University of Denver is the only graduate degree awardee.

The Scholarship Award Program seeks to progress the education of the intermodal freight transportation industry’s next generation of leaders and managers by providing students with opportunities to attend Intermodal EXPO, take study trips to intermodal facilities across the U.S., participate in academic case competitions, interact with transportation executives and conduct intermodal freight research.

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As part of the Scholarship Award Program, the undergraduate universities receiving scholarship funding provide to IANA research papers completed by students in their respective programs.

CSULB’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) is a self‐support unit housed in the College of Continuing and Professional Education. Our primary focus is non‐credit professional development programs, contract training focusing on various aspects of intermodal freight and logistics and supply chain management, and degree programs offered in partnership with our academic college partners. Our partnership with the industry in designing programs over the last 21 years uniquely positions CITT to deliver signature programs and activities that are relevant and adjust to the changing environment of the trade & transportation industry. Logistics education, training, professional development programs, and other learning activities respond to the specific needs of our students, but central to all of them is the intermodal freight system.

The California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is one of six state maritime academies in the country and the only maritime academy on the West Coast. Cal Maritime is organized under three Schools: School of Engineering, School of Letters & Science and the School of Maritime Transportation, Logistics & Management. With the School of MTLM, our Business Administration program defines the supply chain in a broad yet focused manner including transportation, manufacturing, maritime, business and international trade. After graduation, our students accept roles primarily as employees of companies facilitating trans-Pacific trad and the distribution of goods throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, yet with an emphasis in the Western region.

The School of Business at the College of Charleston offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to learn about global trade and shipping through a robust global intermodal supply chain curriculum and a relationship with the South Carolina State Ports Authority that has lasted more than 20 years. The Global Logistics and Transportation Program allows students to earn a concentration or minor that exposes undergraduate to real-world supply chain and logistics concepts. This program requires intensive study and in-depth industry perspective that is enhanced through internships, a required study abroad, and interaction with supply chain professionals. The addition of C of C to IANA’s Scholarship Awards Program will help the school enhance its intermodal curriculum, provide student tuition support, and support travel to freight and intermodal facilities and events.

In 2006, The Intermodal Transportation Institute at University of Denver became the first academic program to participate in the IANA Scholarship Award Program. Recently renamed The Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, DTI’s programs continue to provide leading executive transportation education for professionals and senior leaders in global transportation, logistics and supply chain management. The partnership between IANA and DTI helps to strengthen the next generation of the intermodal freight industry’s mid-to-senior level management and provides educational resources for industry leaders to inspire transportation solutions by offering executive master’s degrees, short courses and symposia.

IANA member companies must have been an IANA member in good standing for at least two years in order for its employees to be eligible to receive a scholarship and employees must receive at least 50 percent of their tuition from their employer.

The association has awarded scholarship money to over 40 employees of the following IANA member companies:

  • APL Ltd.
  • BNSF Railway
  • CMA-CGM (America)
  • Container Port Group
  • FedEx Ground
  • Florida East Coast Railway
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Horizon Lines
  • Hub Group
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services
  • Knichel Logistics
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Pacer Global Logistics (Now XPO Logistics)
  • Pacer International (Now XPO Logistics)
  • Pacer Stacktrain (Now XPO Logistics)
  • Schneider National
  • TTX Company

The Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Georgia Southern University is one of the only programs in the country to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation. This major leverages the university’s proximity to the Port of Savannah and prepares students for careers in the intermodal industry. IANA’s Scholarship Award will be used for student tuition support, enhancement of student curriculum, and student travel to freight and intermodal facilities and events.

The State University of New York Maritime College is the oldest of the seven maritime academies in the United States. Located in the busiest seaport complex on the East Coast, SUNY Maritime prepares students for rewarding careers in intermodal transportation whether shore-based -with terminal operators, steamship lines, rail and truck carriers, and 3PL’s, or at sea- as U.S. Coast Guard licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officers. IANA's Scholarship Award to SUNY Maritime’s Global Business & Transportation Department provides student tuition support, enables student travel to key hinterland intermodal sites and Intermodal EXPO, funds student intermodal research projects, and enhances curriculum with simulation software.

IANA's Scholarship Award funds the Robert H. Smith School’s Supply Chain Management Fellows, a unique program that exposes elite Maryland students to the real-world application of SCM coursework in the supply chain, logistics, and transportation industries. IANA’s Scholarship Award to the University of Maryland has supported supply chain and intermodal career development, lecture seminars with transportation industry executives, and participation at the Intermodal EXPO and study trips to North American intermodal facilities.

Career Development

IANA and the Smith School’s Office of Career Services have jointly developed the Intermodal Job Portal. This online recruitment tool directly connects Maryland’s Supply Chain Fellows to the entry-level hiring needs of the intermodal industry.

UNF’s Transportation & Logistics Flagship Program, located in the heart of “America’s Logistics Center,” is nationally recognized in undergraduate logistics, transportation and supply chain management education. IANA's Scholarship Award has broadened the resources available to UNF and provides students with exciting opportunities to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to real-world operations through an intermodal case competition, case study development and monetary scholarships.

Recognized as an emerging leader in transportation and logistics education, the University of North Texas Logistics Center attributes its program’s recent accolades directly to IANA’s financial support. Specifically, IANA’s Scholarship Award has enabled UNT to demonstrate the caliber of its students through academic competition; develop a high-tech logistics systems laboratory; and support undergraduate students in research, course development, internships and tuition support.

IANA's Scholarship Award supports The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s participation at the Intermodal EXPO, monetary scholarships and research fellowships for students, and an intermodal outreach summer program for high school students. The University of Wisconsin—Superior’s Transportation and Logistics Management Program is one of the few university programs offering a required course in International and Intermodal Freight Operations.

Intermodal EXPO Academic Challenge – Annual Student Competition

Since 2011, the Student Competition at EXPO has allowed undergraduate students from IANA’s Scholarship Award schools to apply their logistics and transportation curriculum to real-world intermodal issues and showcase their understanding of global and domestic intermodal supply chains.

The first three competitions consisted of student research paper presentations on a prompted intermodal topic before a panel of industry judges. Subsequent competitions have consisted of student teams presenting recommendations on a specific intermodal industry business case.

2022

Intermodal Case Study Competition

Challenge

Orange Grove Express: “I know we’ve been in the business for over 40 years and have been through some rough times. But I’ve never seen anything like this.” It was dinnertime in the Parker household and Bill Parker was lamenting the state of things to his wife Betty. Together, Bill and Betty co-owned Orange Grove Express (OGE), a local trucking company based in Long Beach, CA, that specialized in the movement of ocean containers into and out of the many marine terminals that lined both the Long Beach and Los Angeles sides of San Pedro Bay. “The congestion of this supply chain crisis is killing our driver productivity and our chassis costs have gone out of sight. I know we’ve always had an asset-light policy that has kept us flexible and debt free. But I think now we have to take a close look at whether it’s time to adopt a different approach to ensuring our chassis supply”.

Participating Schools

University of North Texas — Winning School

Cal State University Maritime Academy

Georgia Southern University

State University of New York Maritime College

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of Wisconsin Superior

Auburn University

University of Arkansas

2021

Footskinz Inc.

Challenge

Prior to the pandemic, FootSkinz, producing a wide variety of athletic socks with the specs precisely tailored to meet the requirements of individual sports, all available in the exact shoe size of the athlete, had grown organically at a rapid pace. Product continued to be sourced from the family factory in Viet Nam, using imported materials including the finest cotton from the U.S. and New Zealand lamb’s wool. The finished product was brought to the United States via containers imported through the port of Long Beach. Each 40-foot high-cube container could carry roughly 15,000 individual units with an average value of $13 per unit. The containers were trucked to the FootSkinz warehouse in City of Industry where the containers were unloaded and the product placed in inventory.

Participating Schools

University of Maryland — Winning School

University of North Texas — Winning School

Cal State University Maritime Academy

College of Charleston

Georgia Southern University

State University of New York Maritime College

University of North Florida

University of Wisconsin Superior

2020

DRAY USA

Challenge

Each of the teams responded to a topical case 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.

The questions the students responded to in their presentations included:

  • Will sufficient volume return to allow us to fully employ our fleet of company trucks?
  • Will there be a snap-back in business, so that we will soon need our owner-operators, in which case we need to feed them enough business now so that they will continue to work with us when things improve?
  • Which ports have been winners and losers?
  • Will the changes the trade war and the Pandemic have caused continue unabated or will it alternatively, stabilize, perhaps, or even return to the way they were previously?

Participating Schools

Georgia Southern University — Winning School

Auburn University

California State University

College of Charleston

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

University of Wisconsin Superior

2019

Taking The Long View

Challenge

The tone was set in the introduction to the case: “In order for us to know where we’re going, it’s important to know where we have been, where we’re at and how we got there”. Each of the participating teams was asked to analyze historical freight volume trends for international and domestic intermodal and over-the-road markets and identify long term trends as well as issues affecting YTD 2019 volumes. They were also asked to identify specific drivers and factors that impacted the volume trends and provide predictions for traffic patterns for the rest of 2019 and into 2020.

Participating Schools

Georgia Southern University — Winning School

College of Charleston

State University of New York Maritime College

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

University of Wisconsin - Superior

2018

Pacific Central Railroad Case

Challenge

In this case, students were asked to review the Pacific Central Railroad’s intermodal network for the opportunity to reduce operating costs by adopting a new train plan. Students were tasked with producing a weekly operating cost for the network as it currently exists using the train schedule provided in the case and the three major cost elements; determine which trains to combine; provide the routing, where the split or combination is to occur and the schedule for the combined train. Additionally, the teams detailed the cost of operating the combined train and compared it to the cost of operating two separate trains and what were the savings per year both in dollars and as a percentage of cost. And finally, to determine the total annual savings of the operating plans.

Participating Schools

College of Charleston — Winning School

Georgia Southern University

State University of New York Maritime College

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

University of Wisconsin-Superior

2017

Port Of Clearview Case

Challenge

In this case students became members of the management team for the Port of Clearview, a landlord port and major US West Coast freight gateway ranked among North America’s top 10 container ports. In recent years, shifting ocean carrier alliance dynamics, marine terminal cargo surges, labor unrest, and chassis shortages and imbalances had degraded cargo throughput with direct impact to all intermodal stakeholders, in particular the harbor draymen. Student teams provided recommendations to the Port of Clearview Efficiency Task Force after analyzing real-world factors of marine terminal gate operations and evaluating congestion mitigation solutions including: gate hour extensions and levying container surcharges, port-wide truck appointment systems, and visibility software utilizing GPS, RFID, or Bluetooth/Wi-Fi “sniffers” to provide real-time congestion and turn-time data.

Participating Schools

University of Maryland — Winning School

Georgia Southern University

State University of New York Maritime College

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

University of Wisconsin Superior

2016

Sealift Container Lines Case

Challenge

In this case, students were placed in the shoes of the CEO of Sealift Container Lines who must make decisions in order to ensure his company’s survival. The students were required to understand maritime economics, liner dynamics and alliance formation, slow-steaming and ultra-large-container-vessel trends, and the landside effects of larger vessel deployment. The teams presented their recommendations on whether SCL should join an alliance, merge with another carrier, allow itself to be acquired, seek a fleet renewal or another solution.

Participating Schools

University of Wisconsin Superior — Winning School

College of Charleston

Georgia Southern University

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

2015

Coronado Cartage Company Case

Challenge

The case focused on Coronado Cartage Company, a fictitious motor carrier operating in Southern California which utilizes a network of 3,000 contracted owner-operators to provide service to marine and rail intermodal terminals. Students were required to understand the economics of the driver shortage, operational and financial differences between employee and O-O intermodal driver models, factors decreasing the pool of available drivers such as increasing age and retirements, and issues regarding the recruitment and retention of new intermodal truckers. The teams provided their solutions to the driver shortage and real-world recommendations to ensure Coronado attracted a dedicated team of drivers that would enable the company to succeed.

Participating Schools

University of North Texas — Winning School

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of Wisconsin-Superior

2014

Paksmart Luggage Corporation Case

Challenge

This case focused on PakSmart Luggage Corporation, a fictional manufacturer of unique carry-on luggage products and a supply chain network with primary manufacturing in China and distribution centers located near Los Angeles, California and Toledo, Ohio. Students were required to analyze the company’s inbound logistics and provide cost recommendations with regard to the intermodal routing of international ocean containers, drayage and domestic intermodal transload opportunities, and transport and inventory carrying costs estimates for a variety of available container sizes.

Participating Schools

University of North Texas — Winning School

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of Wisconsin-Superior

2013

Regulatory Impacts On Intermodal Research Paper

Challenge

Students were asked to consider regulatory changes impacting the global supply chain’s operating environment. Specific aspects were: environmental sustainability; adequate supply of labor; capacity, in terms of infrastructure and equipment; and new technology. The submitted research described specific conditions that would: facilitate growth in intermodal transportation services; and alternatively hamper growth in intermodal services.

Participating Schools

University of Maryland — Winning School

University of North Florida

2012

Growth Of Intermodalism Research Paper

Challenge

Students were asked to identify the primary reasons for the current growth in utilization of intermodal services and provide an analysis of whether these reasons would be sustainable for the next 5 – 10 years and under what circumstances. As part of the analysis, students identified attributes missing from the current market that could drive future cargo toward intermodal and what actions would need to be taken by intermodal carriers to capitalize on these potential opportunities.

Participating Schools

University of Maryland — Winning School

University of North Florida

2011

Intermodal Value Proposition Research Paper

Challenge

Students were asked to identify specific supply chains and markets where intermodal transportation could add value and provide justification for their recommendations. In their response papers, the students considered: shipper categories that traditionally utilize highway transport vs. multimodal transport; the locations of distribution centers, consumer demographics and consumption patterns; commodity types and product characteristics; equipment flows and availability — chassis and containers; and impact on truck driver availabilities/shortages.

Participating Schools

University of Maryland — Winning School

University of North Florida

IANA Logistics & Supply Chain Management Case Competition at the University of North Florida

Under its IANA Scholarship Award, the University of North Florida annually hosts a three day case competition, drawing some of the brightest students from the nation’s leading undergraduate supply chain management programs to Jacksonville, Florida. During this competition, students must analyze an intermodal case study, create a presentation that defines the problem, and provide judges with recommendations to solve the problem. As part of the three day competition, students, faculty and industry judges visit intermodal facilities in the Jacksonville region.

2017

Intermodal Detective Case

Challenge

This case focused on Inland Point Intermodal trends and the root causes of recent intermodal trade data that indicate an increase in international imported containers yet a decrease in IPI containers transported by rail. Students were required to understand transloading of international container cargo into domestic containers, mega-alliance service complexity and ocean carrier consolidation, and OTR motor carrier competition. Teams were asked to provide an explanation for the trends, quantify its effects, predict future conditions and recommend actions to be taken by the intermodal industry.

Participating Schools

University of Tennessee — Winning School

Auburn University

Georgia Southern University

University of Arkansas

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

2016

Ice Cold Express Case

Challenge

The students analyzed a business case for Ice Cold Express, a fictitious temperature controlled truckload carrier. The case required students to research the North American reefer intermodal market, rail line haul, drayage cost, equipment cost, intermodal provider profit margin, equipment utilization, and intermodal unit load capacity. The ultimate recommendation was whether the company should invest in reefer trailers, reefer containers, or modify OTR refrigerated trailers to ensure fleet capacity.

Participating Schools

University of Tennessee — Winning School

Auburn University

Georgia Southern University

University of Arkansas

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

2015

Florida East Coast Railway Case

Challenge

This case focused on market analysis for a potential intermodal service that would link southern and central Florida. The railroad that would provide the service was Florida East Coast Railway, an actual Class II rail carrier. The students were required to analyze international and domestic intermodal lanes, review maritime container connectivity to FECR served ports, assess the viability of a new “short-haul” domestic intermodal service, and consider sustainable options such as FECR’s interest in LNG locomotives and truck tractors.

Participating Schools

University of North Texas — Winning School

Auburn University

Georgia Southern University

Michigan State University

University of Arkansas

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of Tennessee

2014

Monroe Supply Hardware Case

Challenge

The students analyzed a business case study for Monroe Supply Hardware — an actual company whose identity in the case was masked, a regional retailer of building and home improvement products headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which operates a network of 65 retail outlets in Ohio and in neighboring states of Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania. The case focused on the role of intermodal transportation in Monroe’s global supply chain, stretching from Asia to North America.

Participating Schools

University of Tennessee — Winning School

Auburn University Georgia Southern University

Michigan State University

University of Arkansas

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

2013

Yellow Moon Case

Challenge

The students analyzed a business case study for Yellow Moon — an actual company whose identity in the case was masked, a well-established office supply company with annual revenue of $950 million. The case study addressed a number of common transportation management issues such as cost, service, rates, risk, and intermodal operations. This case required student teams to analyze real freight data and order shipment history, and prioritize their efforts with an ABC approach.

Participating Schools

Auburn University – Winning School

Georgia Southern University

Michigan State University

University of Arkansas

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

2012

West Marine Case

Challenge

The case study required students to analyze supply chain issues facing West Marine, a leading retailer and wholesaler of boating equipment sold through retail stores, internet and catalogs. The students addressed end-to-end supply chain issues including customer service, operational models, delivery options, finance and investment, future growth, distribution and corporate culture. They also took the opportunity to weave intermodal transportation solutions into West Marine’s expansion plans.

Participating Schools

University of Arkansas — Winning School

Auburn University

Georgia Southern University

Michigan State University

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

University of Tennessee

2011

zappos.com Case

Challenge

The case study focused on supply chain issues facing Zappos.com, a leading online retailer of shoes and apparel. The students addressed end-to-end supply chain issues including customer service, operational models, delivery options, finance and investment, future growth, corporate culture, brand management, inventory, distribution, and a host of challenges that face decision makers every day in the real world.

Participating Schools

University of Tennessee — Winning School

Auburn University

Georgia Southern University

Michigan State University

University of Arkansas

University of Maryland

University of North Florida

University of North Texas

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