- Urban goods delivery systems and land use
- Logistics hubs and ports
- Sustainable freight transportation systems
- Supply chain management and freight transportation
Dr. Anne 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.
- Innovation in Education Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Transportation Education Council (2021)
- Outstanding Researcher Award, Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) (2021)
- Outstanding Mentor Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2020)
- Person of the Year, Transportation Club of Seattle (2017)
- Allan and Inger Osberg Endowed Professorship (2012 - 2016)
- Community of Innovators Junior Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering (2012)
- 2nd Prize, College-Industry Council on MH Education Outstanding Material Handling and Logistics paper (2008)
- Dissertation Prize Honorable Mention, INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (2006)
- PRISMS Presentation Competition Finalist, Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (2003)
- Adjunct Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Washington
- Visiting Professor, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
- Affiliate, Urban @ UW, University of Washington
- Co-Chair, Aurora Urban Freight Consortium
- Member, NECTAR (The Network on European Communications and Transport Activity Research) Cluster 3 Organizing Committee, Logistics and Freight
- Member, Washington State Freight Advisory Committee (Chair, 2011-2013)
- Organizing Committee, International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF), Long Beach, CA (2017, 2019, 2021)
- Associate Editor, Transportation Research Record (TRR) (2019-2020)
- Member, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Taskforce on Development of Freight Fluidity Performance Measures (2016-2019)
- Group Chair, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Freight Group (2016-2019)
- Chair, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Freight and Marine Chairs Group (2016-2018)
- Chair, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Intermodal Freight Transportation (AT045) (2013-2016)
- Member, National Academy of Sciences, Committee for Study of Freight Rail Transportation and Regulation (2014-2015)
- Editor, International Journal of Logistics and Transportation Research (2013-2014)
- Member, Puget Sound Regional Council Freight Advisory Panel (2008-2011)
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:
- developing and applying approaches to quantify and measure infrastructure
- leading the first North American trial of common carrier lockers, increasing parking productivity, reducing failed deliveries, and slashing delivery truck parking time by nearly 80%
- developing and implementing an approach to measure the volume of vehicles entering and exiting the City of Seattle, the most detailed commercial vehicle use information of any city
- developing a toolkit for urban freight methodologies, a one-stop-shop for cities and researchers to improve functionality in the Final 50 Feet
- testing strategies to mitigate traffic impacts of transportation network companies (TNC) ride-hailing vehicles pick-ups
- analyzing an e-bike parcel delivery system, quantifying public impacts and providing data for future freight policymaking
- pilot testing a central microhub drop-off/pick-up location that can be used by various firms, retailers, and consumers
- integrating sensor technologies and developing a prototype app to provide notifications and predictions of parking availability
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).
- Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley (2005)
(Dissertation: Crane Double Cycling in Container Ports: Algorithms, Evaluation, and Planning)
- M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley (2003)
- B.S., Mathematics, UC Davis (1995)
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!