UNF Student Chapter Trip to Jaxport
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Recently, the University of North Florida COPRI chapter spent a sunny afternoon touring the facilities at JAXPORT. The mix of graduate and undergraduate students, with a few professors along for the ride, got to see all the innerworkings of the Jacksonville Port Authority. Spread across multiple locations, JAXPORT owns, maintains and markets three cargo terminals, a cruise terminal and an intermodal rail terminal along the St. Johns River: Blount Island Marine Terminal, Dames Point Marine Terminal, Talleyrand Marine Terminal, the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal and the JAXPORT Intermodal Container Transfer Facility.
Graduate student at the University of North Florida receive a Masters in Coastal and Port Engineering. Efforts like this by the COPRI chapter are valuable in providing real life exposure to the areas that students are studying. For the undergraduate students it provides more exposure to the field of port engineering. For all of the tour participants it was a great way to see what was happening right in their hometown, an experience most residents of Jacksonville don't get.
The University of North Florida, JAXPORT, and the COPRI chapter plan to work together in the future for more opportunities to improve the education of UNF students. This includes future internships, more tour opportunities, and collaboration on senior design projects.