Dr. Ed McCormack

Profile: Dr. Ed McCormack

I grew up in the San Juan Islands, Washington, and I enjoy fresh seafood.

 

They are good people and it’s a dynamic program. 

 

I’m on a team developing a prototype national freight model. I’m serving as an independent evaluator for U.S. Department of Transportation on their Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) pilot in Texas. I’m in Norway quite a bit this summer, for fun as well as working with the Norwegian Government to develop data driven tools for monitoring truck performance on roadways. We’ve developed analytic tools to manage very large quantities of truck GPS data, and support users of the new USDOT National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS). And I’m studying how truck operations impact pedestrians and bicyclists with the PacTrans Regional University Transportation Center.  

 
Research Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Director, Sustainable Transportation Master's degree program
edm@uw.edu
206-543-3348
Office: 
Wilson Ceramics Lab 108

Specialties:

  • Freight Mobility in Urban Areas
  • Transportation Technology Evaluation
  • Freight Systems Performance Measurement

Bio

Dr. Ed McCormack is an international leader in truck GPS data applications for freight performance measurement, and technology that facilitates truck flows along roadways and through border crossings and marine ports. He developed methods for the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Norwegian government to measure truck speed and reliability performance on highways and roads through the analysis of truck GPS data. He recently served as the Chief Engineer in the ITS section of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

He holds a PhD in Geography, MS in Civil Engineering, and a BA in Geography—all from the University of Washington. Before working at UW, he was an engineering consultant with David Evans and Associates and a transportation planner with both King County and the Puget Sound Regional Councils. 

Dr. McCormack has worked on National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) projects to identify and improve truck bottlenecks, incorporate smart growth principles into freight forecasting tools, and help public agencies obtain freight data and turn it into valuable information. 

He is an independent evaluator for U.S. Department of Transportation freight technology projects, including those addressing truck queuing and congestion. He is directs and teaches in the Sustainable Transportation Master's degree program and Livable Communities certificate program.

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I grew up in the San Juan Islands, Washington, and I enjoy fresh seafood.

 

What has been a highlight of being a faculty member at the UW SCTL?

They are good people and it’s a dynamic program. 

 

What research projects are you working on?

I’m on a team developing a prototype national freight model. I’m serving as an independent evaluator for U.S. Department of Transportation on their Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) pilot in Texas. I’m in Norway quite a bit this summer, for fun as well as working with the Norwegian Government to develop data driven tools for monitoring truck performance on roadways. We’ve developed analytic tools to manage very large quantities of truck GPS data, and support users of the new USDOT National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS). And I’m studying how truck operations impact pedestrians and bicyclists with the PacTrans Regional University Transportation Center.  

 

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