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University of North Texas students win IANA's 'intermodal challenge'


For the second year in a row, a student team from the University of North Texas (UNT) won the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) fourth annual Intermodal Challenge.

The first place award was presented to Regina Suwuh, Jesse Dolan and Sterling Harden of UNT at IANA's Intermodal EXPO in Long Beach, Calif., which was held Sept. 21-23.

Undergraduate business schools from the universities of Maryland, North Florida, North Texas and Wisconsin-Superior presented their recommendations on a topical case study of common intermodal issues found in the marketplace. A panel of IANA board members judged the teams’ case studies and presentations, and selected the winning university.

"The IANA case competition provides a tremendous opportunity for students to apply their classroom and internship experience to an intermodal problem in a competitive environment," said Julie Willems-Espinoza, associate director of the Center for Logistics Education and Research at UNT, in a press release.
The student competition is an integral part of IANA's scholarship program, which is designed to attract young professionals to intermodal industry careers. Since the program was launched in 2007, the association has awarded over $1 million to more than 200 students and a growing number of freight-centric university transportation programs.

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