New Managing Director for Center for Logistics and Transportation Policy

Elizabeth WetzelHOUSTON, October 2, 2008 - Effective immediately, Ms. Elizabeth Wetzel has assumed the position of Managing Director at the Center for Logistics and Transportation Policy at the College of Technology, University of Houston. Ms. Wetzel will be building upon the successes achieved by Founding Director, Joy Lloyd, who is ill.

Elizabeth Wetzel brings a wealth of knowledge to the Center. She has 28 years of experience in logistics supply chains, procurement processes and international transportation, including experience in senior consulting positions in global consulting firms. She has worked with all dimensions of transportation – carriers, trucks, rails and shippers and provided financial, management, marketing and information technology expertise for a leading international ocean transportation organization. As well, she has managed operations and logistics for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in airport security.

Most recently, as adjunct professor of Logistics, Liner Shipping and Maritime Business courses at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Ms. Wetzel brought her industry experience and network to provide experienced-based learning to the Logistics and Marine Transportation majors at that institution. During the five years she was employed by the academy, Ms. Wetzel received the Service Award for Distinguished Teaching twice (every year eligible), and was nominated for the 2005 U.S. Professors of the Year Award, sponsored by Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Ms. Wetzel earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Tulane University and a BA in English from Newcomb College of Tulane University.

"The Center for Logistics and Transportation Policy, here at the University of Houston, College of Technology, forms an important link between industry, government and education through the certification programs," said Ms. Wetzel. "There is a wealth of potential for companies to support the ongoing professional improvement of their employees, for new and innovative research in the ever-changing field of supply chain and logistics, and for local, state and federal governments and companies to benefit from experiential based educators with international backgrounds. The Center is known to many in the international markets, and the University has recognized the essential activities of logistics and transportation both here in the Houston region, and throughout the world. Working with Dean Fitzgibbon, my colleagues here in the College of Technology, in industry and in government, we will make this center world class."

About the Center for Logistics and Transportation Policy

The Center for Logistics and Transportation Policy (CLTP), housed in the College of Technology, was officially created by the University of Houston in the fall of 2007. The purpose of the center is to address the challenges of applied research, policy issues and workforce training for current and future employees in the field of logistics and transportation.

For more information and a complete listing of the CLTP training schedule and registration information, please visit www.uhlogistics.com.

About the College of Technology

Founded in 1942, the College of Technology pursues a distinctive vision, preparing the technology leaders of tomorrow for global industry and commerce. The college offers numerous, fully accredited undergraduate degrees in areas of practical technology, as well as fully accredited masters’ degrees, through three departments: Engineering Technology, Human Development and Consumer Sciences, and Information and Logistics Technology. The student body of over 2000 students reflects the diversity of the University of Houston itself, which is ranked among the most ethnically diverse in the United States, welcoming more than 35,000 students from nearly 150 countries of origin.

For more information about the College of Technology, visit www.tech.uh.edu.