2014 Scholarship and Fellowship Winners Announced

James VanderbeckJames Vanderbeck is the 2014 recipient of the Association of American Railroads Scholarship in Rail Transportation. Mr. Vanderbeck is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History as well as a Minor in Transportation Studies. His research interests include how Union forces effectively utilized railroads for the movement of soldiers and supplies during the U.S. Civil War.

Sponsored by the Association of American Railroads, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding UMSL undergraduate or graduate student majoring in History or Business Administration with a minimum of 60 credit hours completed and an interest in scholarship activity in railroad history, operations, finance or management.

Kenneth Lynch

Kenneth Lynch is the 2014 recipient of the Ingersoll Fellowship. Mr. Lynch is pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Logistics and Operations Management. He is also pursuing minors in Transportation Studies and Information Systems. He is a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society and is an intern with Fastenal.

Established by the Pott-Ingersoll Fund of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, the Ingersoll Fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student who is enrolled in the UMSL College of Business Administration and taking courses toward completion of the Minor in Transportation Studies.

Cass Information Systems Team Spoke in Transportation Class

Based in Bridgeton, Missouri, Cass Information Systems is the nation’s largest freight payment solutions provider and has hired several UMSL graduates who earned the Minor in Transportation Studies.  The team from Cass described the company’s processes and outlined the attributes the firm seeks in new employees. 

Cass IS Group and Dr. RustPicture Above: Don Pesek (Director, Audit & Rating Services), Julie Fallon (Auditing Services Coordinator), Andy Skosky (Project Leader, Global Rating & Audit, and 2011 UMSL graduate with Minor in Transportation Studies), Conrad Pawlowski (Manager, Product Support), Tammy Schamber (Manager, Client Relations), Christi Reiter (Senior Human Resources Manager), and Dr. Daniel Rust

St. Louis Hosted AGTA and IATR Joint Conference

The Airport Ground Transportation Association and the International Association of Transportation Regulators partnered for their first-ever joint conference, held at St Louis’ Ballpark Hilton in September 2013, with the theme "Building Regulatory Bridges" between airports, operators and regulators. 

Dr. Ray Mundy Giving a Presentation at the AGTA ConferencePicture Above: Dr. Ray Mundy giving a presentation at the AGTA & IATR Joint Conference

Dr. Schwantes and Dr. Rust Presented at Lexington Group

Dr. Carlos A. Schwantes and Dr. Daniel Rust each made presentations at the annual meeting of the Lexington Group in Kansas City, October 2013.  Dr. Schwantes’ presentation was entitled: “The Electric Interurban vs. Gasoline Automobiles,” and Dr. Rust’s presentation was entitled: “The Passenger Transportation Revolution of the 1950s.” 

Dr. Schwantes and Dr. RustPicture Above: Dr. Rust (right) and Dr. Schwantes (left) inside the Kansas City Union Station

John Grant Helm Scholarship 2014 Winner Sidra Naseer

Sidra Naseer is pursuing her Master of Science in Information Systems degree along with a Business Intelligence certificate in Systems Development.  As a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Transportation Studies, she is currently pursuing research on rail and trucking intermodal hub development in the Saint Louis region and urban mass transit sustainability. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Click here to know more about John Grant Helm Scholarships.

Sidra Naseer

Dr. Daniel Rust Spoke at National Defense Transportation Association(NDTA)

Dr. Daniel Rust spoke on the topic of current trends in transportation at the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Chapter 82’s National Transportation Week Luncheon on May 14, 2013, in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Wendell Cox Visited the Center for Transportation Studies

Wendell Cox is the principal and sole owner of Wendell Cox Consultancy/Demographia, based in the St. Louis and editor of three web sites, Demographia, The Public Purpose and Urban Tours by Rental Car. Mr. Cox is known as a leading proponent of the use of the private car over rail projects. He spoke at the CTS on urban transportation planning and economics.

Thomas Hoback Gave a Presentation on North America's Railroads

Thomas Hoback, President and Chief Executive Officer The Indiana Rail Road Company, gave faculty and students an extensive overview of the past, present, and future of railroads in North America on April 12, 2013. Click here to view his presentation slides.