School of Engineering gain supply chain research and logistics insight



Undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as many academic staff from the School of Engineering, gained invaluable insight into leading supply chain research and the latest from the logistics industry at a recent series of talks.

In the first talk, Alex Potkins, a Policy Advisor at the Department of Transport, shared a recently published report titled ‘Future of Freight: a long-term plan’. He outlined how the UK’s freight transport and logistics sector must face future challenges to ensure it remains cost-efficient, resilient, and valued by society.

As well as many students in attendance, members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) joined the event.

Dr Dimitrios Paraskevadakis, Senior Lecturer in Maritime Transport and Logistics at the School of Engineering, and Chairman of CILT in Merseyside and Warrington, and Dr Robyn Pyne Programme Leader (Maritime and Logistics) said that the event was indicative of the school’s commitment to not only teaching its students, but to build direct links for them to industry.

At a separate event, Professor Tsan-Ming Choi, currently Chair in Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Research at University of Liverpool Management School, delivered a talk on ‘E-Commerce Supply Chains with Considerations of Cyber-Security: Roles of Governments and Blockchain Technologies’.

He has published extensively in leading journals in the fields of operations management, engineering management, logistics and supply chain management. He is currently serving the profession as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review and many other journals.

In his talk he discussed a theoretical study on e-commerce supply chains with considerations of cyber-security and the challenges that the global industry is facing within the context of Industry 4.0. 

Following his talk, the discussion was jointly coordinated by Dr Rameshwar Dubey, Reader in Operations Management at Liverpool Business School and Dr Dimitrios Paraskevadakis.

Students from BSc in Maritime Business Management, MSc in International Trade, Transport and Logistics and PhD programmes, and members of staff, were able to ask Professor Choi questions that covered a range of topics with particular emphasis on world leading research excellence and the positive impact on society and the economy.


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