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Dear Friends of IFTI,

As the semester starts to wind down, we are gearing up for several exciting events you will not want to miss!  

Please take a moment to read our newsletter below for details regarding:
  • IFTI's 9th Annual Intermodal Conference, "The State of Freight," will be held December 10, 2015. Register below for this FREE highly-attended event.
  • The Society of Female Transportation Professionals will host a Holiday Fundraiser and Networking Event on December 3, 2015.
  • The 3rd annual Blue Pump Gala will be held March 3, 2016 in conjunction with the Choosing Transportation Conference March 3-4, 2016.
We look forward to seeing you at one or all the events listed above. Take advantage of these networking opportunities as well as the chance to collaborate with University of Memphis personnel and your peers.  

Stephanie Ivey, PhD
Director, Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute
IFTI addresses critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the nation's intermodal freight transportation systems. Our vision is to be a nationally recognized leader in linking people to solutions in freight and logistics through research, education and technology transfer activities.  The following updates provide a snapshot of the Institute's recent activities.

Don't Miss "The State of Freight"; Annual Intermodal Conference Set for December 10th

Make plans to attend IFTI's 9th Annual Intermodal Conference focusing on "The State of Freight." This FREE event will be held December 10th from 8 a.m. - 12 :00 Noon at the FedEx Institute of Technology and includes breakfast and lunch.  Registration will be held from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks beginning at 8:15 a.m. in The Zone.  

The conference will discuss the importance of freight to both Memphis and the state of Tennessee and will include keynote speaker Ted Prince, the Chief Operating Officer for Tiger Cool Express, updates from the Tennessee Department of Transportation,  and a variety of public, private, and research-based discussions on the state of freight.  

Click here to register, or for additional information, click here to visit our website

We look forward to seeing you December 10th!!

Society of Female Transportation Professionals to Host Holiday Fundraiser & Networking Event

Don't miss the Society of Female Transportation Professional's holiday networking event!  And it's not JUST for women, men are also invited to network with current and future transportation professionals- all for a good cause. There is no charge to attend this event, but monetary donations will be collected to benefit the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Since this is the season of giving, we hope that you will join us in giving back to an organization that is committed to helping families in the Memphis area.  

We will meet for happy hour on Dec. 3rd from 5-7 p.m. at Salsa in the Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar Ave #129.  Appetizers will be provided.  

The Society of Female Transportation Professionals works to:

  • Educate women in the transportation field about industry standards and professional best practices
  • Create a network of support and collaboration by connecting female transportation professionals
  • Increase the awareness of opportunities available for women in the transportation field
The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential. Click here to learn more about the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. 

Mark Your Calendar for SETWC's 2016 Blue Pump Gala & Choosing Transportation Conference!

The Southeast Transportation Workforce Center (SETWC) has announced the third annual Blue Pump Gala, an event to raise scholarship funds for female students pursuing transportation majors at the University of Memphis, will be held March 3, 2016.

The Choosing Transportation Conference will be held March 3 & 4th, 2016.  This year's theme is "Preparing Transportation Professionals for the Future."

Event details and registration information will be distributed soon and available on the the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center's website.  Click here for SETWC's website. 


IFTI Updates:

Ivey and Pallme Named to Mayor-Elect Strickland's Transition Team

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, Director of IFTI, Director of the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center, and an Associate Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering, was named to the Community Transition Committee. 

Dan Pallme, IFTI's Senior Associate Director, Freight Industry Liaison and Director of the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy was named to the  City Planning Transition Committee.

Each transition committee is charged with developing a strategic play book for our new mayor.  Congrats to Ivey and Pallme for helping make a difference in Memphis!


Congrats to Dr. and Mrs. Lipinski, True Blue 5k Winners!

Dr. Marty Lipinski and his wife, Linda, recently finished first in their age group in the University of Memphis' Young Alumni True Blue 5k!  They are both pictured here with Drew Buchner, a U of M anthropology graduate.        

IFTI's New Addition

Our marketing manager, Meredith Powers, and her family welcomed Virginia Genevieve Powers on August 10, 2015.  Virginia weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Virginia is learning the Tiger fight song from her big brother, Louie, age 2.  

Dr. Ivey Named Eye of the Tiger

Dr. Ivey represented us well at a recent Tiger football game where she was named the University's Eye of the Tiger! Congratulations on this exciting honor!

Pallme Presents to Society of American Military Engineers

Dan Pallme was a recent speaker for a meeting of the Society of American Military Engineers. He was the guest of Ben Ledsinger, a recent graduate of the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy (FTLA).  Pallme spoke about IFTI, FTLA and the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center.  Click here for more information about SAME.


IFTI Participates in Land-Use Alternatives Project 

IFTI has partnered with the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority (Mississippi) and the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Team to conduct a study proposing alternatives for highest and best use of 300 acres of real estate property that borders the northern edge of Chickasaw Industrial Park in Marshall County, Mississippi.  These groups recently met with Marshall County, Mississippi, community leaders and residents  to seek input and gain insight about potential future uses of the property.   

US DOT Releases International Best Practices Report; Includes Girls Experiencing Engineering!

Released by the office of Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Women in Transportation Framework, is an international guide for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, the private sector, multilateral organizations and non-profits to increase women's inclusion in the transportation sector. 

IFTI is excited to announce the University of Memphis' Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) program was recognized as a "best practice" in the report released worldwide. Details of the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center (SETWC) and the GEE program are highlighted on page 40 of the report.  Click here to access the Women in Transportation Framework.

Congratulations to GEE sponsors: The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis,
 IFTI, SETWC, and the Herff College of Engineering. We are excited to think of the possibilities associated with the GEE program expanding on both a national and international scale!  Click here to learn more about Girls Experiencing Engineering.

Based on research and input from people and institutions involved in transportation worldwide, the Women in Transportation Framework presents a framework for benchmarking and tracking the participation and influence of women as transportation workers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and travelers.   While women make up half of the worldwide population, they are vastly underrepresented in each of the major modes of transportation- airplanes, ships, trains, and trucks- as well as in highway construction, road maintenance, and ground passenger transportation. In the US women only make up 13 percent of transportation workers.  Combined efforts of the U.S. Department of Transportation, SETWC, IFTI and individuals, agencies, companies, and associations from the United States and across the APEC region are working to increase women's inclusion throughout the transportation sector.

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific.  Click here for listing of APEC's 21 member countries.



IFTI Hosts Transportation Jeopardy for E-Day

On Friday, October 23rd the Herff College of Engineering hosted 3,000 area middle and high school students for E-Day, an annual open house event composed of activities, competitions, and lab tours.  During E-day, IFTI hosted Transportation Jeopardy!  With answers/ questions like:

Answer:  The speed limit if there is no sign posted in a residential neighborhood.
Question:  What is 30 m.p.h.?

In addition, E-day's annual Transportation Challenge hosted 24 high school and 20 middle school teams.  Congratulations to the winning teams:  Collierville High School's "STEMpede" and White Station Middle School's "Spartans"!!!  Great work everyone!! 

A special thanks to Dr. Stephanie Ivey for her leadership of this event.  It was a great success! 
Who benefits from IFTI’s research?  Everyone—the region, state, and nation—benefits from IFTI’s programs of research, education, technology transfer, workforce development, training, and community outreach. For more information visit
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