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VECTOR and UT study: Unscheduled lock closures cost inland waterway shipper supply chain more than $1 billion annually

Nov. 24, 2017—Unscheduled lock closures create costly ripple effects across the shipper supply chain – adding more than $1 billion in additional transportation expenses annually and disrupting state economies along U.S. inland waterways. Those are the broad findings of a new, in-depth study by researchers from the Vanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) and...

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ABS underwriting cost of employee’s PhD in risk and reliability

Nov. 3, 2017—One of the world’s largest marine classification societies is sponsoring a PhD student in risk and reliability engineering, an arrangement that could become more common as the number of jobs requiring graduate degrees outside of academia continues to increase. Eric VanDerHorn, a senior engineer at Houston-based ABS (the American Bureau of Shipping), has completed two...

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Wiernicki recognized by Massachusetts academy for maritime industry service

Sep. 26, 2017—Christopher J. Wiernicki, one of the newest members of the School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni and chairman, president and CEO of ABS, has added another honor to a long list of achievements. He received the Maritime Person of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on September 21. Wiernicki (BE ’80) was...

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VECTOR earns portion of $7M grant for maritime, multimodal transportation research

Jan. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt’s Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) will receive $1 million of a total $7 million, five-year U.S. Department of Transportation grant aimed at preserving and optimizing the nation’s transportation system. VECTOR was selected as part of a consortium headed by the University of Arkansas, and researchers will study maritime and multimodal transportation with...

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