Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Minzhou Jin

Committee Member

Lesley Strawderman

Committee Member

Stanley Bullington

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Industrial Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


The purpose of this thesis is to develop a decision support system framework that could be used for improving a surface transportation security training program. The program provides domain awareness, reporting, and information sharing capabilities in order to help protect the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources. The thesis specifically focuses on a program that deals with the nation’s roadway sector. Literature reviews were conducted on training performance, service quality, and decision support systems to gain a basic understanding of some of the elements that will be incorporated in the decision support system framework. A discussion of freight flow analysis of the nation’s commercial trucking industry is then given. The analysis could be used for estimating the coverage of the trainees from the training program. The basic elements and requirements of the framework for such a decision support system are described including database, model management, and user interface subsystems, data inputs, possible actions, performance measures, and recommended actions along with the calculation of a security confidence level.