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The Box: How Container Shipping Enabled the Global Supply Chain

E. Andrew Boyd, Adjunct Professor Industrial Engineering, University of Houston and Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas A&M Universit

Container shipping was unknown prior to the 1950s. But that has since changed, and the impact on consumers and manufacturers is unprecedented. Today, intermodal shipping containers form the backbone of our vast, global supply chain. In this presentation, we take a non-technical, historical look at shipping containers and their impact on society.


Dr. Andrew Boyd is a scheduled contributor the Engines of Our Ingenuity, a nationally syndicated program produced by Houston's National Public Radio affiliate, KUHF. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston, having spent ten years as a university professor and another ten as Chief Scientist at PROS. Dr. Boyd received his A.B. with Honors at Oberlin College with majors in mathematics and economics in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT in 1987. He has over 25 scholarly publications to his credit, including papers in Operations Research, Management Science, and Mathematical Programming, among others. Dr. Boyd has held numerous research grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Federal Aviation Administration, has written numerous technical articles and book chapters, and was part of a 2003 Edelman finalist team for work with Texas Children's Hospital. He was elected an INFORMS Fellow in 2007, and is author of the book The Future of Pricing: How Airline Ticket Pricing Has Inspired a Revolution (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2007).