Noted Trucking Industry Expert Joins Georgia Tech Faculty

Barbara Christopher
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Chelsea C. White III, one of the nation's foremost academic experts on the U.S. trucking industry, has joined the faculty of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

White holds the ISyE Chair in Transportation and Logistics. U.S News and World Report last year ranked ISyE as the number one program of its kind for the 11th consecutive year.

"I am very pleased that Dr. White has joined our faculty," said Bill Rouse, chair of ISyE. "His national and international experience and reputation in transportation systems will enable important contributions to Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and beyond."

White is director of the Trucking Industry Program (TIP), a research and education center that provides information to the trucking industry, its customers, and government regulators for improving the productivity of the U.S. trucking industry and the quality of its jobs.

Its research projects bring together engineers, economists, and industry experts, along with doctoral students, to study broad issues of importance to the industry, such as the impact of information technology on operations, labor, corporate strategy, safety, productivity, and security. It has supported a highly interdisciplinary group of 22 faculty and over 35 students.

The TIP is widely known for implementing the most comprehensive survey ever taken of truckers at truck stops across the U.S. The driver survey, which was conducted between August 1997 and January 1999, has had substantial impact on understanding driver's work hours and is often cited for presenting the first accurate portrait of truck drivers, their quality-of-life, and their views on the industry.

The TIP, a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary center, was established in 1995 with generous financial assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The TIP, formerly known as the University of Michigan Trucking Industry Program (UMTIP), involves researchers from several U.S. universities beside Georgia Tech, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Duke University.

"I am delighted to be at Georgia Tech," White said. "Georgia Tech is an international leader in engineering education and research, and ISyE is especially well-known in transportation and logistics, two critical and vital sectors of the Georgia and U.S. economies. I deeply appreciate the support that TIP has received from Georgia Tech."

White comes to Georgia Tech from the University of Michigan, where he served for eleven years as a professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he was a faculty member at Southern Methodist University and the University of Virginia, where he was the Nancy and Neal Wade Professor of Systems Engineering.

White received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1974 in Computer, Information, and Control Engineering.

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