Associate Professor, Department of Applied Economics
Office: 316F Classroom Office Building
Jerry Fruin's work is concentrated in the areas of transportation economics, agricultural marketing and logistics. His current research centers on the national and international transportation and logistics requirements for agricultural commodities and biofuels, and the adequacy of US bulk commodity transportation infrastructure. His previous research has included the management of rural road systems, the economics of biomass energy systems and the economics of transportation on US rivers and lakes.
Fruin received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. He is a member and past chairman of NC-1016 North Central Regional Research Committee on Economic Assessment of Changes in Trade Arrangements, Bio-Terrorism Threats and Renewable Fuels Requirements on the U.S. Grain and Oilseed Sector. He serves as an External Peer Reviewer to the US Army Corps Of Engineers for the Feasibility Study to rebuild locks on the Upper Ohio Navigation System. He was a member of The National Academies Transportation Research Board Committee on the St. Lawrence Seaway: Options to Eliminate Introductions of Nonindigenous Species into the Great Lakes.