Manali Sheth

Profile: Manali Sheth

I was born and raised in Fremont, California, and my favorite food is ginger cookies with black tea. 

After I graduated from UCLA, I moved to Istanbul to work for an arts magazine that documents the history and urban form of the city. During my time there, I relied on public transportation and was impressed by the city's multi modal transit network and the various activities occurring at the Port of Istanbul. I quickly understood that people were working around the clock in the transportation sector to ultimately improve the quality of life for its residents. I decided to attend graduate school to learn about freight transportation and how it relates to the built environment and the economy. After spending my first year as a Masters student studying freight transportation, I have decided to study more closely the transportation and logistics of vaccines (cold supply chain). 

The welcoming environment at the SCTL and the numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty. We get to participate in critical analyses of real-life transportation issues and conduct valuable research in the field. 

Our research on An evaluation of bicycle safety impacts of Seattle’s commercial vehicle load zones was sponsored by PacTrans. We are simulating bicycle and truck interactions to better understand the relationship between commercial vehicle load zones, cyclist behavior, and road design.

Measuring The Cost Trade-Offs Between Electric-Assist Cargo Bikes And Delivery Trucks in Dense Urban Areas is a paper in which we explore the potential of cargo bikes making deliveries in Downtown Seattle. 

Rails-Next-to-Trails: A Methodology for Selecting Appropriate Safety Treatments at Complex Multimodal Intersections is a report that summarizes research conducted on road or path treatments in order to improve user experience for various modes at an intersection with an active railroad parallel to a path, and a perpendicular road.

I observed the dimensions and features required for the operating envelope of trucks in Downtown Seattle. I also researched the potential of common carrier lockers for parcels in public spaces.

My Master's thesis was on Observing Goods Delivery Activities and Identifying Opportunities to Improve the Design of Commercial Vehicle Load Zones in Seattle.

Photo by Anna Bovbjerg Alligood: SCTL Center Research Asst., University of Washington
Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab (2016-18)
Graduate Student, Urban Planning (Transportation Concentration) (2016-18)
manalijs@uw.edu

Manali Sheth holds a Bachelors degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a Master of Urban Planning, with a focus on Transportation, from the University of Washington.

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown (where were you born and raised) and favorite food?

I was born and raised in Fremont, California, and my favorite food is ginger cookies with black tea. 

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

After I graduated from UCLA, I moved to Istanbul to work for an arts magazine that documents the history and urban form of the city. During my time there, I relied on public transportation and was impressed by the city's multi modal transit network and the various activities occurring at the Port of Istanbul. I quickly understood that people were working around the clock in the transportation sector to ultimately improve the quality of life for its residents. I decided to attend graduate school to learn about freight transportation and how it relates to the built environment and the economy. After spending my first year as a Masters student studying freight transportation, I have decided to study more closely the transportation and logistics of vaccines (cold supply chain). 

Highlights of being a research assistant at UW SCTL?

The welcoming environment at the SCTL and the numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty. We get to participate in critical analyses of real-life transportation issues and conduct valuable research in the field. 

What research projects did you work on?

Our research on An evaluation of bicycle safety impacts of Seattle’s commercial vehicle load zones was sponsored by PacTrans. We are simulating bicycle and truck interactions to better understand the relationship between commercial vehicle load zones, cyclist behavior, and road design.

Measuring The Cost Trade-Offs Between Electric-Assist Cargo Bikes And Delivery Trucks in Dense Urban Areas is a paper in which we explore the potential of cargo bikes making deliveries in Downtown Seattle. 

Rails-Next-to-Trails: A Methodology for Selecting Appropriate Safety Treatments at Complex Multimodal Intersections is a report that summarizes research conducted on road or path treatments in order to improve user experience for various modes at an intersection with an active railroad parallel to a path, and a perpendicular road.

I observed the dimensions and features required for the operating envelope of trucks in Downtown Seattle. I also researched the potential of common carrier lockers for parcels in public spaces.

My Master's thesis was on Observing Goods Delivery Activities and Identifying Opportunities to Improve the Design of Commercial Vehicle Load Zones in Seattle.

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