Discipline: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
Subcategory: STEM Research
Anshu Arora - University of the District of Columbia
Co-Author(s): Mohamad Sepehri, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA; Amit Arora, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA; Pradeep Behera, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA; Lei Wang, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA
The Targeted Infusion Project in Logistics and International Trade (TIP-LIT) Analytics at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) seeks to provide Engineering and Business undergraduate students at UDC with an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary program of Logistics and International Trade (LIT) through the establishment of UDC’s Logistics and International Trade (LIT) Analytics Center. This TIP-LIT project focuses on the development and implementation of STEM and Business focused LIT Analytics program at UDC by incorporating supply chain, logistics, and international trade analytics curricula; and fostering undergraduate student research in LIT areas across two UDC schools: School of Business and Public Administration, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to global logistics and international trade analytics is projected to grow by more than 20% from 2016 to 2026, faster than other occupations. The LIT program through LIT Analytics Center at UDC will augment existing engineering and business programs by developing and infusing multidisciplinary courses and approaches (lectures, laboratory, and hands-on software applications) in global logistics, supply chains, transportation, international business, business research and analytics, sustainable entrepreneurship, and international trade analytics. During Fall 2019, two new courses have been developed ? Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management (to be offered in Spring 2020 for both Engineering and Business majors), and Study Abroad (to be offered in Summer 2020 in collaboration with Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China through HBCU-China Connection program). In this cutting-edge interdisciplinary STEM-Business focused LIT Analytics program, students will conduct research to understand, analyze and manage supply chains, logistics, transportation and risks that are centered on trade and monetary policy, where missteps could undermine economic growth and confidence, and thus expand their opportunities for future employment, scholarships and internships. LIT Analytics Center organized the 2019 Second Annual Research Conference on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 that showcased the research work from 82 UDC (58 undergraduate and 24 graduate) students, which was judged by 11 industry and academic leaders. The students researched in the diverse areas of artificial intelligence, social robotics, social media, reverse innovation, reverse logistics, opportunity knowledge, international joint ventures, and green supply chain management. In conclusion, the LIT program at UDC has the potential of benefitting engineering and business students by strengthening undergraduate student research opportunities, producing competitive graduates ready for graduate school and STEM-Business careers, and transforming students as leaders in the 21st Century workforce.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Award #1912070.
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,
NSF Affiliation: HBCU-UP