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Rolling Down the River

Barge CEO to discuss the future of river transport April 14

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April 2, 2010 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Craig E. Philip, chief executive officer of Ingram Barge Company, will discuss domestic river transport when he delivers the 29th Annual William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture Wednesday, April 14, at Northwestern University.

River transport is one of the U.S. freight network's most significant but often invisible components. In "The Future of River Transport in the United States," Philip will share his views about the freight network's present state and how future policy may shape its future.

The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Tribune Auditorium, James L. Allen Center, 2169 Campus Drive, on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Sponsored by the University's Transportation Center, the event is free and open to the public.

"Through innovation and intelligent management, Craig has helped Ingram navigate through challenging economic times," said Hani Mahmassani, director of the Transportation Center. "He has set a model not only for inland waterway transportation but also for the entire freight carrier industry. We are delighted he will deliver this year's Patterson Lecture and share his unique insight with the Northwestern transportation community."

Philip, whose barge company is one of the largest in the United States, will explain how river transport is safe, sustainable, subsidized and cost-effective, and what this might mean for future freight policy. He also will examine how the use of waterways in the international community is encouraged by government policy and action, yet U.S. policies are conflicted and inconsistent.

Philip has more than 20 years of experience at Ingram Barge Company and previously worked at Conrail and Southern Pacific Railroad. He is a member of the Business Advisory Committee at Northwestern's Transportation Center. Philip is chairman of the National Waterways Foundation and has served in leadership positions with the American Waterways Operators, the National Waterways Conference and the Marine Board.

The Patterson Transportation Lecture is an annual event supported by the Patterson Transportation Endowment, established at Northwestern in 1979 honoring the late William A. Patterson, founder and chief executive officer of United Airlines.

The Transportation Center is an interdisciplinary education and research institution at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, dedicated to the long-term improvement of global transportation and supply chain systems.

For further information, call (847) 491-2280 or visit the Transportation Center's Web site at http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu.