November 2016

New CLTT Research Professor

The CLTT welcomes its newest colleague, Dr. Yuanyuan Zhang. Dr. Zhang has recently been hired as a Research Professor to conduct applied research as an outreach service for the university. She will assist the community, publically-funded organizations, and/or various industry sectors involved in economic development, transportation, planning, sustainable development, and/or urbanism. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. from Tongji University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. Since completing her education, Dr. Zhang has conducted research for Tongji University and The University of California at Berkeley. Her  most recent position was Post-Doctoral Researcher in Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at University of California, Berkeley. Examples of her recent projects include a campus data lab for pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructures and collision, the San Diego crosswalk safety analysis, and strategies for monitoring and reducing traffic injury for pedestrians. Dr. Zhang has contributed to numerous publications, and in 2015 received the "Excellence in Safety Research Award" at the Active Living Research 2015 Conference. The CLTT is excited is begin working with such an accomplished new team member!
IET/LTT Industry Advisory Council Meeting

The industry advisory council (IAC) meeting for Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) and Logistics, Trade and Transportation (LTT) programs was held on October 28, 2016 at the Thad Cochran Center, USM. IAC chair person, Marry Ann Moon; Mike Salvetti; Col. Clint Walker; Jennifer Steel; Cole Bernstein; and Ret. Col. Mark Prine were among the attendees. Advisory members discussed various topics related to IET and LTT programs including curriculum update, partner industry network (PIN), program needs, and following program educational objectives.


IET PEO's: Graduates possess the necessary skills, critical thinking, discipline and work ethics consistent with the expectations of employers to enter entry level planning and management positions in manufacturing and service logistics and supply chain industries. Specific program education objectives are as follows:

  • Apply systems approach to industrial engineering technology and logistics management.
  • Assess, analyze, benchmark, and improve processes related to the movement of products and services.
  • Relate the multidimensional impact of industrial engineering and logistics on the growth of company and the overall economy.
  • Understand and evaluate the impact of political, regulatory, and legal issues on different aspects and modes of transportation.
  • Use current tools and technology to perform discipline-specific functions effectively.


  • MS LTT students will be able to effectively perform planning an strategies task.
  •  MS LTT students will have the critical skills necessary in operations, management and leadership.
  • MS LTT students will be capable to perform systems analysis and develop models.
  • MS LTT students will have essential abilities in transportation and trade policy.
  • MS LTT students will be able to integrate core competencies to solve real world problems in their domain.
Capital Development Professor Takes Part in Military Strategic Visioning Exercise
Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently packed her crystal ball and traveled to Pennsylvania to participate in the Human Performance Work Group.
Hosted by the Army Capabilities Integration Center's (ARCIC) Human Dimension and Future Warfare divisions, the Human Performance Work Group provided industry experts the opportunity take part in a military, strategic visioning exercise designed to determine U.S. structural trends for the years 2035-2050.
Gaudet was one of only 44 participants invited to participate, representing higher education, industry, government and military. Participants worked together to identify key social, political and economic trends in order to determine implications for human performance within the U.S. Army.
"What an incredible opportunity to participate in the Human Performance Work Group," said Gaudet. "The experience brings visibility to our research-based, practitioner-focused human capital development capacity at Southern Miss."
Gaudet joined Southern Miss in 1997 to develop innovative programs focusing on human capital development. Graduate programs designed and developed under her leadership include the doctoral degree in human capital development and the master's degree in human capital development. Gaudet earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Miss and her Ph.D. in human resource education and workforce development from LSU.
For more information about the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss, visit

Thank You
We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for you. The University of Southern Mississippi will be closed on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving and will be back Monday, November 28. This newsletter is extra special because it will focus on Logistics, Trade, Transportation and Economic Development.
In This Issue

Small Business Resource Conference

Special Guest Speaker Congressman Steve Palazzo, November 18, 201, The Innovation Center Biloxi, MS


2017 TRB Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

January 8-12, 2017


10th Annual Intermodal Freight Conference: The State of Freight

University of Memphis

December 2, 2016

City of Cedar Park, Texas - Redevelopment Project Director

Deadline for First Review of Applications: November 28, 2016


Executive Director, The Joint Economic Development Board of Unicoi County, Inc.

Erwin, TN


Internship Opportunities with St. Dominic Hospital for IET and LTT Students

The Intern, under the supervision of the Sr. Industrial Engineer, is exposed to meaningful, hands-on experience in healthcare process management. Assists with improvement projects as directed by the Organizational Excellence team. Combines technical and business knowledge with analytical strength in a collaborative team environment to innovate and solve process problems.


Since this is an Intern position , candidate must be a full-time student at an accredited university and be available Spring 2017. Interested IET & LTT students should send their resume to the following person:


Niber Dewan

Performance Improvement Engineer, Organizational Excellence

St. Dominic's Memorial Hospital

Jackson, MS

Phone: 601-200-6692


Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director
118 College Drive #5191
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-000