Coda recognized for transportation leadership

Friday, February 17, 2017

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In recognition for his leadership in the freight transportation and logistics field and contributions to leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private sector freight transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) presented its 2017 William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award to Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

The award was presented at the CTS annual meeting and awards luncheon on Feb. 15, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The event enables CTS to thank individuals who volunteer their time in support of transportation research, education and engagement activities at the University of Minnesota and to acknowledge outstanding contributions of professionals and students. The Distinguished Service Award, first presented in 2002, is named in honor of William K. Smith, who served on the initial committee that established CTS and also on several CTS research and education councils until his death in 2001.

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