Ms. Saravanya (Sara) Sankarakumaraswamy

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Profile: Ms. Saravanya (Sara) Sankarakumaraswamy

The SCTL research team is a dynamic and motivated group of people working to solve real-world transportation and logistics problems.

I grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. My favorite food is dosa, a South Indian pancake.

  • National Freight Demand Modeling: Developing a behavioral-based national freight model for the United States in order to forecast freight demand. This is proposed to serve as a tool for transportation planning agencies to evaluate national policies affecting goods movement.
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis Framework:  As part of the National Cooperative Freight Research Program's project, we developed a case study to demonstrate the benefit-cost analysis framework developed by the project. The methodology framework can be used in evaluating multimodal freight projects. 
  • National Freight Performance Measure: Worked with the Transportation Center at the UW, analyzing the National Performance Management Research Data Set in estimating performance measures to be used by state planning agencies.
Photo by Anna Bovbjerg: SCTL Center Research Asst., student MSc(Eng.), University of Washington

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. My favorite food is dosa, a South Indian pancake.

What has been a highlight of being a research assistant at the UW SCTL?

The SCTL research team is a dynamic and motivated group of people working to solve real-world transportation and logistics problems.

What research projects are you working on?

  • National Freight Demand Modeling: Developing a behavioral-based national freight model for the United States in order to forecast freight demand. This is proposed to serve as a tool for transportation planning agencies to evaluate national policies affecting goods movement.
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis Framework:  As part of the National Cooperative Freight Research Program's project, we developed a case study to demonstrate the benefit-cost analysis framework developed by the project. The methodology framework can be used in evaluating multimodal freight projects. 
  • National Freight Performance Measure: Worked with the Transportation Center at the UW, analyzing the National Performance Management Research Data Set in estimating performance measures to be used by state planning agencies.

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