Travis Fried
Travis Fried headshot
Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Track)
Wilson Ceramics Lab 111
  • John S. Adams Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education (University of Minnesota, 2018)
  • Best Student Paper Award (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 2018)
  • USpatial Mapping Prize (University of Minnesota, 2018)
  • Walter H. Judd Graduate Fellowship (University of Minnesota, 2017)
  • Allen & Irene Salisbury Fellowship (Carleton College, 2014)

Travis Fried is a spatial data and urban freight enthusiast with a Master's degree in GIS from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College. Previously, he worked as an urban mobility researcher for World Resources Institute (WRI) studying the environmental, health, and equity impacts of open public transit data, urban freight, shared mobility, transport-related stimulus spending and impact investing - among other topics. When he's not making maps, you can find him backpacking somewhere off in the mountains. In fact, Travis has backpacked the entire state of Washington both north to south and east to west.  

  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)
  • M.S., GIS, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Carleton College

Questions and Answers

  • What is your hometown and favorite food?

    I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and I make a mean veggie burger.

  • What inspired you to pursue a career in transportation engineering?

    How we plan for freight has enormous implications for our climate and the health, safety, and accessibility of our cities. By meshing spatial analysis and community participation, I hope to explore the balance between our demand for timely, affordable goods and need for clean air, thriving communities, and equitable access to core goods and services - especially for small and mid-sized cities.