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Parker College of Business to host IANA Applied Research Competition

The Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business has partnered with the Georgia Ports Authority and TCW, Inc. to host the first-ever GS-IANA Logistics Applied Research Challenge. The competition is made possible through support and funding from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

The GS-IANA Logistics Applied Research Challenge will allow junior and senior undergraduate logistics students to gain professional development experience and a deeper understanding of the intermodal freight transportation industry. 

The Fall 2019 business case for which students will create solutions will be developed by the Georgia Ports Authority and TCW, Inc. leadership teams, along with faculty from the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students will earn valuable exposure to highly relevant, important and complex business challenges faced in intermodal supply chains, and it will offer an opportunity for student teams to research, solve and present solutions to a panel of judges comprised of industry executives, government officials and logistics faculty members.

The GS-IANA Logistics Applied Research Challenge will begin with the case presentation on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Parker College of Business. Following the case presentation, the logistics student teams will conduct research and analyze the best solutions to the real-world problem. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the student teams will present their findings to a panel of judges in the Performing Arts Center on the Statesboro Campus, where the top four teams will advance to the final competition. During a lunch presentation at the Georgia Ports Authority on Friday, Nov. 8, the four teams will compete for IANA scholarships.

The challenge seeks to advance IANA’s Scholarship Award Program goals by advancing intermodal freight transportation education through the delivery of a competition that exposes and develops the next generation of leaders and managers, conducts intermodal freight research and analysis, and creates engagement between students and transportation executives. The Georgia Southern University logistics program is one of nine IANA Scholarship Award programs in the nation.

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