22nd Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium: Natural Disaster Disruption in the Freight System

Friday, December 6, 2019 -
7:30am to 12:00pm

About the Symposium

This year’s symposium explored how the public and private sectors can and should respond to natural disasters that cause disruptions in the freight system. In the keynote presentation, Jeffrey Dorko, assistant administrator for logistics at FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, discussed replacing and restoring capacity in supply chains affected by natural disasters.

Following the keynote, a panel of representatives from the public and private sector shared perspectives on opportunities and challenges around infrastructure resiliency. In addition, speakers from the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Minnesota Department of Transportation offered insights on disaster response, recovery, and resiliency.


  • Todd Campbell, Assistant District Engineer Program Delivery, MnDOT District 1
  • Jeffrey Dorko, Assistant Administrator for Logistics, Office of Response and Recovery, FEMA
  • Richard Langer, Managing Director, Quetica
  • John McClellan, Freeway Operations Supervisor, MnDOT
  • Jeffrey Meek, Sustainability Coordinator, MnDOT Office of Sustainability and Public Health
  • Dan Murray, Senior Vice President, American Transportation Research Institute
  • Elizabeth Ogard, Prime Focus LLC 
  • Bethany Stich, Director, University of New Orleans Transportation Institute
  • Emily Richards, Onsite Key Account Manager for Lowe’s, CH Robinson

Who Should Attend

The event is intended for decision makers and practitioners from shippers, carriers, and other private sector organizations involved in logistics and transportation, as well as for government officials and staff, and representatives from nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.

More Information

For more information, please contact Claire Johnson at johnsoc@umn.edu or 612-625-5608.


This symposium is sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: