University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is the lead institution of the CFIRE consortium’s southern hub.

The University of Memphis’s (UM) Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) is a nationally recognized leader in transportation policy, modeling, simulation, green technologies, and sustainability research. The transportation and logistics distribution industry is the number one driver of economic activity in Memphis. IFTI is a natural extension of this critical industry cluster, engaging in public-private partnerships to add value to the logistics and freight industry throughout the region and country

IFTI has three major components to its daily operations: research, education, and outreach. Through innovative consortiums like CFIRE and cooperative research programs with other universities and organizations like ATRI, IFTI strives to perform cutting-edge freight transportation research of regional and national significance. IFTI’s education arm fosters the educational and professional development for people of all ages and background through programs like Girls Experiencing Engineering, the Garret A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program Grant, and the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy. IFTI’s state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities educate and engage constituents through significant technology transfer activities and transportation workforce development activities.

Research Initiatives

RI-02 Making Freight-Centric Communities More Livable: Measuring the Impact of Advanced Technologies
RI-06 Realigning Multimodal Freight Networks in Response to International Capacity Expansion
RI-07 Enhancing Rail Connectivity to Underserved Rural Communities
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