Taylor to speak on trucking alternatives

Published: Sep 21, 2006 3:33:41 PM
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Taylor to speak on trucking alternatives

G. Don Taylor, Charles O. Gordon professor and department head of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, will be speaking on alternatives to traditional dispatching in truckload trucking on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in Dunstan 202. A reception will follow in Dunstan 205.

Competitive pressures in the trucking industry have placed heavy burdens on carriers to operate with high efficiency and with low profit margins. The needs of the carriers often conflict with the needs of professional drivers, resulting in high driver turnover rates. Two of the bigger problems associated with the high turnover rates are the quality of life during driving tours and the excessive length of the tours, both of which, could be helped using better methods of driver dispatching. This seminar will address the difficulties associated with traditional trucking dispatch and will discuss several alternative forms that represent state-of-the-art practices and current research.

Taylor has previously held industry positions at Texas Instruments and Digital Equipment Corporation and has held academic positions at the University of Arkansas and the University of Louisville, where he held the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair in Engineering Logistics. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than 60 funded projects and is the author or co-author of more than 200 technical publications.