Transportation & Logistics

Our daily goods come from all over the world. As our societal needs grow, we need to address the critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the nation’s intermodal freight transportation systems. 

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) merged with CAESER in August 2020 to create the Division of Transportation and Logistics (DTL).  This division expands research into transportation and takes advantage of CAESER’s expertise from its other divisions. DTL, under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Ivey, will continue hosting the annual State of Freight conference.  DTL’s research focuses on key transportation and logistics areas described below and merge its research interests with CAESER’s other divisions; thereby, strengthening the Center’s research program.

Transportation Policy and Planning

  • Transportation infrastructure impacts on health and safety through research on livability, walkability and safe corridors for bike/pedestrians
  • Community resilience and disaster recovery
  • Traffic studies (i.e., traffic counts, traffic pattern and impact analysis)
  • Multimodal freight studies
  • Transportation surveys and linguistic analysis

Transportation Operations and Logistics

  • Remote sensing technology, image recognition and RFID/GPS/cellular applications
  • Drone technology applications in transportation and logistics
  • Traffic systems management and operations (TSMO) studies
  • Agriculture concentration: product processing, logistics, disaster resilience, and supporting technologies

Supply Chain Management

  • Supply chain performance
  • Supply chain visibility
  • Supply chain security
  • Enabling information systems and technologies

Mark your calendar for the 15th annual State of Freight Conference that will be hosted Thursday, September 30th in partnership with the Memphis World Trade Club and the 70th annual Port Night event!
Registration for State of Freight is NOW OPEN. We will offer both in-person and virtual options for attendance. We will monitor local conditions and shift to a fully virtual format if warranted. Click here to register today! Agenda coming soon! 

Want to learn more about Port Night? Visit the Memphis World Trade Club website for details and to purchase tickets.


Memphis Logistics Summit

The University of Memphis’s CAESER and SETWC together with the MWTC are combining 2 great events into 1 new event. The Choosing Transportation Summit and State of Freight are now the Memphis Logistics Summit.

Join us on 9/27-9/28 for an agenda full of great keynotes, panels, and breakouts where we’ll discuss many industry relevant topics from local market dynamics to technology to the future of work.

Epicenter Memphis
150 Peabody Place, Lower Level
Memphis, TN 38103

$100 per attendee
$50 additional to sponsor a student attendee

Join us for the annual conference with transportation industry thought leaders! View previous agendas and speaker presentations.

SETWC is part of the National Network for Transportation Workforce that aims to ensure success within the regional transportation workforce for all.