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Identifying Best Practices of Logistics & Transportation Graduate Education

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Industrial Engineering

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26.872.1 - 26.872.17



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MD B. Sarder University of Southern Mississippi

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Dr. Sarder is an associate professor and program coordinator of the industrial engineering technology program at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). He is also an assistant director of the center for logistics, trade and transportation. At the USM, he revamped his program by developing as many as fourteen new courses, implementing hands on experience in courses, and delivering online courses for distant students. Dr. Sarder is very active in engineering and technology education research. He has published three book and more than seventy articles in various areas of industrial engineering including K-12 research. He is actively involved with professional society activities including IIE and ASEE. He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Logistics & Transportation Research and serving in the editorial board for several other journals.

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Developing Best Practices of Logistics & Transportation EducationLogistics and transportation has become one of the last frontiers that still remain to be conqueredby most businesses in the twenty first century. Yet this cannot be done unless all logistics andtransportation professionals, irrespective of their functional orientation and current jobresponsibilities, fundamentally understand the dynamics of how products move from one placeto another. This is one of the disciplines that is growing at a faster pace. The issue is that thenumber of graduates in this field is not meeting the current industry demand. Many U.S.institutions have recently developed and planning to develop educational degree programs in thisarea. This research analyzed the need for best practices and identified best practices in logisticsand transportation education.The term "Best Practice" has been used to describe "what works" best in a particular situation orenvironment. Best practices are an inherent part of education that exemplifies the connection andrelevance identified in educational research. They interject rigor into the curriculum bydeveloping thinking and problem-solving skills through integration and active learning. Bestpractices are applicable to all degree levels and provide the building blocks for instruction. Bestpractices motivate, engage and prompt students to learn and achieve. Students who receive abalanced curriculum and possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to transfer and connect ideasand concepts across disciplines are most likely succeed in their careers. We recently havelaunched a graduate program in Logistics, Trade and Transportation at our university. We foundsome practices that are really effective in building curriculum, program delivery, and programimprovement. We also found that some practice are not so good in our institution while they aregood in other institutions. This paper will share those effective best practices in logistics andtransportation education.

Sarder, M. B. (2015, June), Identifying Best Practices of Logistics & Transportation Graduate Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24209

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