Dr. Andisheh Ranjbari

Profile: Dr. Andisheh Ranjbari

My hometown is Mashhad, Iran, and my favorite food is fesenjan (a traditional Persian stew made with crushed walnut and pomegranate juice).

I grew up in a city with severe traffic congestion, dealing with long queues of vehicles, terrible air pollution, accidents, delays and angry drivers every day. I started my career in transportation engineering with an enthusiasm to shift people away from their personal cars in pursuit of a happy and sustainable commute. Over the past ten years studying and working toward this goal, I have researched various areas of transportation, including public transportation, shared mobility, and autonomous vehicles. I developed travel behavior models and network modeling algorithms to learn and predict people’s travel choices, optimize transportation networks, and assess the impacts of new technologies on travel patterns.

Delivery vehicles and goods purchasing trips are among the major contributors to roadway traffic and air pollution, and yet, everyone wants their mails, packages, groceries, etc. delivered to them in time. This is where my research interests align with the field of supply chain logistics and freight transportation. As I start my work at SCTL, I’m hoping to tackle research problems that address delivery needs in a more optimal and sustainable way.

Research Scientist, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center
Manager, Urban Freight Lab
ranjbari@uw.edu
206-616-2528
Office: 
Wilson Ceramics Lab 112

Bio

Dr. Andisheh Ranjbari completed a PhD in Transportation Engineering at the University of Arizona, a MSc in Transportation Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and a BSc in Civil Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran).

Over the past ten years, Dr. Ranjbari has conducted research in multiple areas of transportation including public transportation, automated and shared mobility, travel behavior modeling, network modeling and optimization. Along with her academic preparation, she has also worked at multiple government agencies in Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Iran.

Before joining the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center, Dr. Ranjbari was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sustainable Transportation Lab at the University of Washington from 2018-2019.

Awards

Dr. Ranjbari has received several awards for her research and leadership from prestigious organizations in the U.S., such as the Eno Center for Transportation, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Her awards include:

  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Civil Engineering Department, University of Arizona (2018)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona (2017)
  • AAAS Alumnus, Science Diplomacy and Leadership Program, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2017)
  • Jane Rider Scholarship, College of Engineering, University of Arizona (2014-2017)
  • Eno Fellow, Future Leaders Development Program, Eno Center for Transportation (2016)
  • Rodney Slater Award, Eno Center for Transportation (2016)
  • Jenny Grote Student Leadership Award, Arizona Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) (2016)
  • Third Place Grad Slam Winner for Best 3-Minute Dissertation Presentation, University of Arizona (2016)
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff Jim Lammie Scholarship (ranked second nationwide), American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) (2015 and 2016)
  • Hank Warner Memorial Scholarship, Southern Arizona Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) (2015 and 2016)
  • Public Transportation Planning Scholarship, Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) (2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leader of the Year, University of Arizona (2015)
  • Katie Dusenberry Scholarship, Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) - Tucson Chapter (2014 and 2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher, Iran University of Science and Technology (2010)

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

My hometown is Mashhad, Iran, and my favorite food is fesenjan (a traditional Persian stew made with crushed walnut and pomegranate juice).

What inspired you to pursue a career in supply chain, transportation and logistics?

I grew up in a city with severe traffic congestion, dealing with long queues of vehicles, terrible air pollution, accidents, delays and angry drivers every day. I started my career in transportation engineering with an enthusiasm to shift people away from their personal cars in pursuit of a happy and sustainable commute. Over the past ten years studying and working toward this goal, I have researched various areas of transportation, including public transportation, shared mobility, and autonomous vehicles. I developed travel behavior models and network modeling algorithms to learn and predict people’s travel choices, optimize transportation networks, and assess the impacts of new technologies on travel patterns.

What research problems would you like to tackle?

Delivery vehicles and goods purchasing trips are among the major contributors to roadway traffic and air pollution, and yet, everyone wants their mails, packages, groceries, etc. delivered to them in time. This is where my research interests align with the field of supply chain logistics and freight transportation. As I start my work at SCTL, I’m hoping to tackle research problems that address delivery needs in a more optimal and sustainable way.

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