University of St. Francis Intermodal Transportation Institute

Welcome to the Intermodal Transportation Institute

USF’s Intermodal Transportation Institute (USFITI) is an academic center providing a base of knowledge on the intermodal transportation industry. It is committed to providing areas of academic research to benefit the Will County Inland Port, public and private industry entities and university students. It provides a politically neutral, epicenter of information and guidance for this growing and vital industry. It complements current economic and industry support centers. It serves as an outreach for the USF College of Business and Health Administration.



USF is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Will County, Ill., home to one of the largest transportation hubs in North America. Public officials, business leaders and community advocates alike have acknowledged the significance of the transportation/logistics industry growth that has occurred in Will County. With its concentration of transportation assets, industrial base and growing distribution function, Will County has taken shape as an Inland Port in the past decade. Will County’s multi-modal transportation network includes: six Class I Railroads (BNSF, UP, CSX, CN, NS & IC), Interstates 80, 55, 57 & 355, an active inland waterway route, and a well-developed regional trail system. Will County had 28,281 jobs in the transportation/logistics sector in 2010 . (Source: Will County Center for Economic Development).



Dr. Bruce Hartman


I’m Professor of Logistics at the University of St Francis in Joliet IL. I participate in the Intermodal Transportation Institute at USF, and also teach Logistics and Computer Science in the College of Business and Health Administration.

I have years of experience in private industry as an Information Systems exec. I’ve also been logistics professor at the University of Arizona, St Mary’s College, and in the California State University system at Cal Maritime and Cal State East Bay. I have published often on game theory in inventory and supply chain applications, and have also written on the interaction between logistics and sustainability. My PhD came from the University of Arizona’s top ranked MIS Department.

I owned and operated my own businesses for many years. In the school year, I live in Joliet, IL, home of the largest inland port in the US (over 3 million containers handled per year!). Outside school semesters, I reside in Pinole, CA USA.


Dr. Christopher Clott


Chris Clott received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, his Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) from Saint Xavier University, and his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from University of Illinois Chicago.

Chris has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Global Supply Chain Management, International Marketing, International Business and Human Resources. His published research is in the areas of offshore outsourcing, maritime port policy, non-vessel owning common carriers,ocean shipping deregulation and organizational effectiveness.

Chris has taught at the California Maritime Academy, St.Xavier University, the Indian Institute of Management, and Elmhurst College prior to coming to the University of St. Francis. In addition, Chris has taken numerous student travel/study groups to cities throughout the world. Chris is strongly committed to developing international education opportunities for students. Prior to academia, Chris was an account executive for OOCL and Lykes Lines in the ocean transportation field.

Chris and his wife Emily live in downtown Chicago and have four grown children. Chris likes to run,bike ride, hike, play golf, and above all travel in his free time.

The Shape of Things to Come: Private Investment in Maritime Port Infrastructure (PDF)