Saturday, June 8, 2013

Logistics Companies that Recognize Academic Research with Major Awards

I heard the wonderful news the evening after the 2013 NOFOMA Logistics Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden had come to an end.

DB Schenker Award 2012 goes to Dr. Sönke Behrends

My colleague, Professor Johan Woxenius, who is also Head of the Department of Business Administration at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, shared with me that his former doctoral student, now Dr. Behrends, received the 2012 DB Schenker Award valued at 10,000 euros and the great news is spreading virally in the transport and logistics media:

According to the DB Schenker website:

The DB Schenker Award 2012 goes to Dr. Sönke Behrends of the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The academic was recognized for his dissertation “Urban freight transport sustainability. The interaction of urban freight and intermodal transport.” The international logistics prize for up-and-coming academics, worth 10,000 euros, was handed over to Behrends at the transport and logistics trade fair in Munich by Karl Nutzinger, responsible for European Land Transport on the Schenker AG Board of Management.  

The work deals with the question of how rail freight and road freight can be integrated to minimize the impact of transports in towns and densely populated regions. Karl Nutzinger: “Mr. Behrends’ work unites fields that were, until now, analyzed separately and, moreover, incorporates logistical topics into urban development, thus demonstrating a high degree of innovation and a great deal of practical relevance.”

Isn't it fabulous that logistics companies are recognizing the importance of academic research and when practitioners and academics work together anything is possible!

And, I might add, that another logistics company, UPS, is also putting financial support to recognize outstanding academic research and programs.

UPS has been funding the UPS George D. Smith Prize for the past two years, and the winners are announced at the Edelman Gala held at the INFORMS Analytics Conference. This prize is awarded to an academic program or department and is named in honor of the late UPS Chief Executive Officer who was a champion of operations researchers at this leading Fortune 500 corporation. According to the INFORMS page on this award: The UPS George D. Smith Prize is created in the spirit of strengthening ties between industry and the schools of higher education that graduate young practitioners of operations research. 

The UPS Prize is for $10,000US and the 2013 and 2012 winners are:

For a photos of Professor Woxenius and me taken at NOFOMA, see my post here. He also is one of the two with the colorful socks.

Congratulations to Dr. Behrends and to the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Michigan!

Thanks to these top logistics companies not only for all the goods that they deliver but also for recognizing academic research (and education) in logistics and supply chains, of course!