Dr. Thomas F. Brady, Chair of the Purdue University North Central Department of Engineering Technology and professor of Industrial Engineering, has earned a grant from the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute to study the feasibility of using a ferry to transport tractor-trailers across Lake Michigan.
Brady explained that using ferries to move trucks between Michigan and Wisconsin will greatly alleviate traffic congestion on the highways on the Chicagoland highway corridor. He noted that ferries are successfully being used on Lake Erie.
The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) was established in 2004 to pursue research efforts in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning, and port management. It represents a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center and the University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Labovitz School of Business and Economics.
During the one-year grant study period, Brady anticipates he will make use of PNC students and perhaps outside assistance to help support his work.