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Three-Peat: University of North Texas Wins IANA’s Fifth Annual Student Competition

FOR RELEASE September 29, 2015
Contact: Jeff Agnew/Elaine Nessle

CALVERTON, MD September 29, 2015 — The student team fielded by the University of North Texas (UNT) won the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) fifth Intermodal EXPO Academic Challenge, earning the university its third consecutive victory. The competition is an integral part of IANA’s Scholarship Award Program, allowing students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-world intermodal issues.

“Our annual student competition, held during the Intermodal EXPO, is a wonderful opportunity for industry executives to observe the next generation of intermodal transportation leaders as they display their insight and knowledge,” said Joni Casey, President and CEO of IANA. “Congratulations to UNT for winning the Academic Challenge for the third year in a row.”

Representing the University of North Texas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., were Mary Catherine Schoals, Ripley Wren and Laura Catalina Quinones Rios. Undergraduate business schools from the Universities of Maryland, North Florida, North Texas and Wisconsin @ Superior (all IANA Scholarship Award schools) presented their solutions to a topical case study focused on intermodal driver recruitment and retention. A panel of leading industry experts comprised of IANA Board members judged the teams’ presentations and selected the winning university.

“We are thrilled to have won the Intermodal EXPO 2015 student case competition. The three-peat is a major accomplishment, but we are also excited to have the first all-female winning team,” said Julie Willems-Espinoza, associate director, Center for Logistics Education and Research at the University of North Texas “Our team worked tirelessly on their research and presentation, and I’m so proud for them to represent our program. We are appreciative of the support we receive from IANA and our industry partners to have these wonderful opportunities for our students to shine.”

Since the Scholarship Program’s inception in 2007, IANA has awarded over $1.2 million to support students in university programs focused on freight and intermodal transportation. These grants seek to progress the education of the intermodal freight transportation industry’s next generation of leaders and managers.

IANA is North America's only industry trade association that represents the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. The association’s mission is to promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue. The association offers valuable information and services specific to the intermodal industry encompassing consensus business solutions that facilitate: operations, regulatory compliance, and policy issue management. IANA's membership roster of over 1,000 members represents the diverse companies critical to moving freight efficiently and safely. IANA provides a discussion forum for the many types of stakeholders along the supply chain, resulting in a strong unified voice advocating the needs of intermodal freight transportation. For more information, visit

About UNT’s College of Business
With more than 5,600 students, UNT’s College of Business is one of the largest business schools in the nation and has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1961.

With 112 full-time faculty members, the college offers 17 undergraduate degrees, 24 master’s degrees and 10 graduate certificate programs. Five centers and institutes in the College of Business create synergy among scholarship, research and teaching. Classes take place in the new 180,000-square-foot Business Leadership Building, which opened in 2011.

Students enhance their learning experience through student organizations, study abroad programs, internships and the Professional Leadership Program to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed intoday’s technological and global business environment.

About UNT
Established in 1890, UNT is the nation’s 25th largest public research university with 37,000 students. For 125 years, UNT has fulfilled its mission to lead the way in educating young men and women and creating leaders with great vision. As a catalyst for creativity, UNT fuels progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,200 students last year from its 12 colleges and school and offers 99 bachelor’s, 83 master’s and 36 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.

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