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Anne Goodchild

Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Adjunct Professor
Industrial & Systems Engineering

Director, Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center
Academic Director, Master of Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics degree program

Biography

Anne Goodchild is the Allan and Inger Osberg Endowed Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. She is an international freight and logistics expert, currently serving as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Freight Group. She joined the UW faculty in December 2005 after completing her PhD at UC at Berkeley. Her research addresses the nexus of private and public actors and infrastructure in the movement of goods. Recent research has evaluated the impact of changing shopping and delivery patterns, CO2 emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery systems, logistics sprawl, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy. Dr. Goodchild is the Director of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center and the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Online Master’s Program. Before attending Berkeley she worked in consulting for 5 years in Europe and North America, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Applied Decision Analysis Inc., modeling business problems such.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2005
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2003
  • B.S. in Mathematics, UC Davis, 1995

Research Statement

Dr. Goodchild is interested in the intersection between supply chain management and freight transportation. As an example of this, recent research is evaluating the changing nature of shopping and implications for goods delivery on CO2 emissions, local pollutants, and vehicle miles travelled. Her interest in economic and environmental sustainability is also demonstrated by her work looking at CO2 emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery systems. Dr. Goodchild’s work in understanding supply chains, as they relate to the transport system, is demonstrated by her research funded by the SHRP2 freight data and modeling program, NCFRP 20, the FHWA’s Behavioral based National Freight Demand Model, and surveys and analysis funded by both the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation.

As the founding director of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center and the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Online Master’s Program she leads the University of Washington’s academic efforts in the area of supply chain, logistics, and freight transportation.

Current projects

Final 50’

This research is analyzing processes, developing potential solutions, and piloting operational improvements in the final 50’ of the urban goods delivery system. The final 50’ of the urban delivery system begins at the city-owned curb, commercial vehicle load zone, or sidewalk; extends through privately-owned building freight bays; and may end in the common areas within a building such as the lobby. Several of this project’s most promising low-cost and high-value recommendations will be tested in the SCTL Urban Freight Lab – a living laboratory comprised of retailers, technology companies, goods delivery firms, building owner/operators, and cities. 

Safe Truck Parking in PacTrans Interstate Corridors

I-5 and I-90:  This project will address the need for safe truck parking on interstate corridors in Washington, and recommend optimal locations for truck parking based on trip volumes, existing facilities, and safety analysis.

National Behaviorally-based Freight Model

This project is developing the first national freight model with behavioral components.  The model will assist long-term transportation planning at the national scale.

Multimodal Intersection Design

This project is developing a framework for evaluating intersection safety and efficiency, with the result being recommendations for infrastructure applications or modifications to improve safety of all users, particularly in cases of complex, non-standard intersection design.

Simulating Bike/truck Conflicts

This project is using a bicycle simulator to evaluate truck-bike interactions, particularly around commercial vehicle load zones.  A range of environments and infrastructure treatments will be evaluated in order to improve load zone design for cyclist safety.

Honors & awards

  • Allan and Inger Osberg Endowed Professorship, October 2012 - present
  • Junior Faculty Research, 2012 College of Engineering Community of Innovators Award
  • 2nd Prize, 2008, College-Industry Council on MH Education Outstanding Material Handling and Logistics paper
  • Dissertation Prize Honorable Mention, 2006, INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics
  • PRISMS Presentation Competition Finalist, 2003, Institute for Operations Research and Management Science

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