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**The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting new registrations for the Breakbulk Americas Student Research Poster Competition for 2023**

Breakbulk Americas will host the inaugural Student Research Poster Competition this fall in Houston. All posters must be submitted prior to midnight (USA Central Time), Sunday, September 17, 2023. This is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to contribute to research related to global capital projects, gain recognition from industry partners, and expand your network.

Competition Chair

Margaret Kidd, Program Director and Instructional Associate Professor, Supply Chain & Logistics Technology, University of Houston

Supported by

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Competition Industry Advisory Committee

  • Beth Heyn Kennedy - Supply Chain Client Executive, Gartner
  • Bill Keyes - Director Logistics, Fluor
  • Dennis Devlin - Head of Growth, North America, Maersk Project Logistics
  • Esmeralda Smith-Garcia - Business Develop for Global Projects Industry Solutions, DB Schenker
  • Jake Swanson - Regional Vice President – Americas Operations, DHL Industrial Projects
  • John Hark - Director - North America, Bertling Logistics
  • José Manuel Velarde - Sr. Manager, Indirect Procurement - CAPEX, MRO, Maintenance, TARs, Staffing - N. America & LATAM, Huntsman Corporation
  • Kattya Di Stefano - Business Development Manager - Industrial Projects, DHL Global Forwarding
  • Leandro Brusque - Supply Chain Manager, Subsea Construction, Ocyan Oil & Gas
  • Marco Poisler - COO – Global Energy & Capital Projects, UTC Overseas
  • Noureen Faizee - Director, Inside Sales, Worley
  • Payne Fischer - Regional Manager - Industrial Projects NAM, Kuehne + Nagel Inc.
  • Peter Dill - Senior Purchasing Manager - Indirect, Huntsman Corporation
  • Peter Jessup - Supply Chain Consultant, Proactive Change LLC
  • Sandra Guadarrama - Senior Project Logistics Manager, Linde Engineering
  • Stephen Spoljaric - Corporate Manager of Global Logistics, Bechtel Corporation
  • Thomas Skellingsted - President, 4D Supply Chain Consulting
  • Toni Harrison - Business Development for US Projects, Geodis



  • Students must register for the competition prior to September 12, 2023. Only 1 student fills out form for team. Registration form below.

  • Students must have accurately completed the registration form with all team member names, faculty advisor, industry advisor and university/college. Valid email and cell phone numbers of team lead must be on the form. Note only one student submits form for the team. All must be spelled correctly on form as there is no ability for Breakbulk Americas Team to edit.

  • Team size is maximum 6 students and minimum 2 students.  

  • Ph.D. students may not submit posters to this competition.

  • Students submitting posters should register for and attend Education Day on September 28, 2023. There is no charge for students to attend the conference. A minimum of 1 student team member must register and attend. Preference is for entire team. Please contact your professor to register.

Topic Areas

The Breakbulk Americas team invites students to submit posters of their research in one of the following topic areas:

  • Global Capital Projects

  • Sustainability & Energy Transition

  • Port Infrastructure

While these topics reflect the agenda for the Breakbulk Americas Conference, the contest will consider submissions that focus on other areas related to global capital projects. Get inspired for ideas via the Breakbulk Home Page ( Be sure to check out the Media tab and review Industry News, Breakbulk magazine, and BreakbulkONE.


Faculty Advisors: You will need to find faculty advisor(s) to assist you with your project. A minimum of 1 faculty advisor is required. A maximum of 3 advisors is allowed.

Industry Advisor: You will also need to find an Industry Advisor to support you with your project. A minimum of 1 industry advisor is required. A maximum of 3 advisors is allowed. If you are struggling to find an advisor, please contact the content organizers (details at the bottom of this page).

Research Expectations

Posters will depict research performed by student teams and incorporate a faculty advisor and industry advisor.  The research may include interviews, literature reviews, an explanation of emerging technology, policy analysis, case study or other relevant topics focused on global capital projects.

Poster research will identify a gap or problem area, evaluate possible solutions or way ahead, and outline future actions, policy steps, or research needed for continued advancement.

Evaluation Criteria

The contest judges will evaluate the posters using the following criteria, with each item assigned a score of 1-5:


To download the Student Research Poster scoring matrix please click on the button below:


Poster Format Rules

Poster presentations typically include a mix of text, graphics, data, images, and other material to illustrate the area of interest. Visual appeal and creativity in format are important in helping others understand your research.

In addition to the title and research content, your poster should include the name of the author(s), faculty advisor(s), industry advisor(s), and the name of your college, university, or other institution.

Poster submissions must use the following template:


To download the Student Research Poster template, please click on the button below:

  • The poster template side header and footer cannot be altered in terms of scale on poster.

  • Note the footer is only for poster competition sponsor. No text should be next to or below the sponsor logo in the footer.

  • University/College name should be spelled out on side header with title, students, faculty advisor, and industry advisor.

  • Poster size is 40 inches width x 25.5 inches height. We recommend use of grid lines when formatting poster and then remove prior to submitting.

  • Do not copy and paste diagrams, charts, graphs from the internet to the poster as they will appear blurred. Create your own.

  • Posters must have a short reference section.

Professor Kidd will be hosting 2 to 3 poster workshops late August – early September on Saturday morning at UH Sugar Land. Date and Time TBA and will be posted on this page.


Submit Poster

  • Students must submit their posters to prior to midnight on Sunday, September 17, 2023.
  • Posters must be submitted as a PowerPoint, PDF or JPEG file. Preference is PowerPoint.

Presentation of Posters

  • The Conference Chair for the Student Research Poster Competition will display all poster submissions on the Breakbulk America’s website or flickr account by Thursday, September 21, 2023.
  • The finalists and top-ranking posters will be displayed at Breakbulk Americas


  • The authors of the top 3 submissions will receive a prize and an award during an awards ceremony on the Breakbulk Americas Main Stage on September 28, 2023 (time TBD).


Questions about the Student Research Poster Competition?

Please contact:
Margaret Kidd, Competition Chair:
Elizabeth Rankin, Head of Content: