In October, Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management honored the recipients of the prestigious Salzberg Medallions. The annual awards recognize outstanding contributions in the field of supply chain management and are part of the Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Program, founded in 1949 with a grant from Murray M. Salzberg '37 B.S. to honor his father's career in transportation.
This year's recipient of the medallion for lifetime achievement in the field of logistics and supply chain management is Professor Yossi Sheffi, the Elisha Gray II professor of engineering systems and director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Sheffi has won numerous other awards for his thought leadership and academic achievements, including the 1998 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., a grocery distributor known for its efficient approach to distribution, received a medallion for its leadership in logistics and supply chain management as well as for serving as a role model for social responsibility. The award was accepted by Scott Charlton, executive vice president, operations.
Syracuse University says it was the first academic institution in the nation to offer a transportation program as a course of study. In 1919, the university's College of Business introduced a specialization in traffic and transportation. The curriculum consisted of three courses: railroad transportation, water transportation, and traffic management. In 1920, a local industrialist endowed a chair in transportation, and in 1921, the College of Business introduced a transportation major and offered the first class in the country on motor transportation.