Dr. Anne Goodchild

Profile: Dr. Anne Goodchild

I was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and lived there until I was 16, when I moved to California. My favorite thing to eat is fresh, ripe berries.

When I was a little girl I was fascinated by big transportation problems. I remember travelling to Washington, D.C. with my parents and riding the subway for the first time. I loved reading the map, figuring out the schedule, and planning our routes. I also remember visiting a postal sorting station on a school field trip and being absolutely fascinated that they could process so much mail with such speed and accuracy, with handwritten addresses! I’ve still never had a piece of mail get lost. 

I love working with students. I feel very privileged to work with bright, motivated, and sincere people who are working to improve the world we live in. They keep me learning and give me hope for the future!

 
Founding Director, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (2015 - present)
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Academic Director, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Master's Program (2013 - present)
Adjunct Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Director, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Research Group (Goods Movement Collaborative)
Visiting Professor, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Affiliate, Urban@UW
annegood@uw.edu
206-543-3747
Office: 
Wilson Ceramics Lab 103

Specialties

  • Urban goods delivery systems and land use
  • Logistics hubs and ports
  • Sustainable freight transportation systems
  • Supply chain management and freight transportation

Bio

Dr. Anne Goodchild leads the University of Washington's academic and research efforts in the area of supply chain, logistics, and freight transportation. She is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and serves as Founding Director of both the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics online Master's degree program and the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center, the latter which launched the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) in 2016 to bring together the public and private sectors to address the challenges of the urban freight system by engaging in innovative research.

Under Goodchild's leadership, the UFL coined the increasingly used term "Final 50 Feet" and defined it as the last leg of the supply chain for urban deliveries—including finding parking, moving items from a delivery vehicle, navigating traffic, sidewalks, intersections, bike lanes, and building security, and ending with the recipient. In addition to being key to customer satisfaction, this final segment is both the most expensive (where an estimated 25-50% of total supply chain costs are incurred) and most time-consuming part of the delivery process—and ripe for improvement. One of the hurdles in the final 50 feet is that many different parties are involved—city departments of transportation, delivery carriers, property owners, residents, and consumers—making a collaborative effort between sectors essential for developing mutually beneficial solutions. Using a systems engineering approach, the UFL has completed innovative research projects that provide foundational data and proven strategies, such as:

Dr. Goodchild's contributions to transportation engineering in the U.S. and abroad have been significant. She is an expert in international border and port operations and has been instrumental in bringing supply chain concepts to freight model architectures. She has worked at the forefront of GPS data applications, identifying observable transportation characteristics that statistically predict transportation behavior.

She is the author or co-author of more than 100 research publications, and serves as associate editor for the peer-reviewed scientific journal Transportation Letters. From 2016 to 2018 she chaired the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight and Marine Chairs group, the top national research organization in her field. She teaches logistics and analysis, global trade, transportation & logistics management, and advises graduate students in transportation engineering, and has won several teaching and research awards, including Outstanding Mentor (2020) by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Person of the Year (2017) by the Transportation Club of Seattle.

Dr. Goodchild is the recipient of numerous research grants, including recent awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation, PacTrans (Regional University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10), Seattle Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration’s Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program, and the Washington and Oregon State Departments of Transportation.

Dr. Goodchild holds both a doctorate (2005) and a master’s degree (2003) in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree (with high honors) in mathematics from University of California, Davis. Before earning her Ph.D. she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Applied Decision Analysis Inc. in Europe and North America designing efficient airline schedules and optimizing research portfolios. She joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at the University of Washington in 2005. In addition, she holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a Research Affiliateship at Urban @ UW (an initiative of the Office of Research and CoMotion at the University of Washington).

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Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and lived there until I was 16, when I moved to California. My favorite thing to eat is fresh, ripe berries.

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

When I was a little girl I was fascinated by big transportation problems. I remember travelling to Washington, D.C. with my parents and riding the subway for the first time. I loved reading the map, figuring out the schedule, and planning our routes. I also remember visiting a postal sorting station on a school field trip and being absolutely fascinated that they could process so much mail with such speed and accuracy, with handwritten addresses! I’ve still never had a piece of mail get lost. 

What has been a highlight of being the founding director of the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center?

I love working with students. I feel very privileged to work with bright, motivated, and sincere people who are working to improve the world we live in. They keep me learning and give me hope for the future!

 

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