Polina Butrina

Profile: Polina Butrina

I am from a small town in the Russian Far East called Elban, and my favorite food is salmon sashimi.

I grew up in the place without an extensive transportation system between cities. As you might have heard winters are very cold and snowy in Russia. Sometimes in the winter all roads were blocked with the snow and we didn’t have fresh bread and milk in my hometown. So, I was curious where the bread and milk came from and why we didn’t have the transportation system that allowed us to have fresh groceries every day. Since then I became interested in supply chains of different goods.

Working with the people from different parts of the world and different backgrounds.

I worked on several research projects to improve bicyclist, pedestrian and truck safety:

And I was part of two research projects to improve city logistics:

  • Urban Freight Score, a truck freight accessibility project evaluating how easily trucks can serve the urban core.

  • Final 50 Feet: Urban Goods Delivery System focused on optimizing the final-50’ of deliveries of consumer goods ordered online and delivered to large residential and retail/commercial towers in Seattle. 

I was also a Teaching Assistant for the SCTL Master’s degree program for courses such as Logistics and Analysis, IT Systems and Supply Chain Integration, and the Practicum, where students use what they learn on real business problems. My Master's thesis was on Preparing cities for package demand growth: predicting neighborhood demand and implementing truck VMT reduction strategies.

Photo by Anna Bovbjerg Alligood: SCTL Center Research Asst., student MSc(Eng.), University of Washington
Research and Teaching Assistant (2016-18)
Graduate Student, Transportation Engineering (2016-18)
pbutrina@uw.edu

Bio

Polina Butrina Butrina holds a BS in Intermodal Transportation from the Saint Petersburg State University of Civil Aviation, Russia, and a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Washington. She wrote her Master's thesis on Preparing cities for package demand growth: predicting neighborhood demand and implementing truck VMT reduction strategies.

 

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I am from a small town in the Russian Far East called Elban, and my favorite food is salmon sashimi.

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

I grew up in the place without an extensive transportation system between cities. As you might have heard winters are very cold and snowy in Russia. Sometimes in the winter all roads were blocked with the snow and we didn’t have fresh bread and milk in my hometown. So, I was curious where the bread and milk came from and why we didn’t have the transportation system that allowed us to have fresh groceries every day. Since then I became interested in supply chains of different goods.

Highlights of being a research assistant at UW SCTL?

Working with the people from different parts of the world and different backgrounds.

Describe your work as a research assistant.

I worked on several research projects to improve bicyclist, pedestrian and truck safety:

And I was part of two research projects to improve city logistics:

  • Urban Freight Score, a truck freight accessibility project evaluating how easily trucks can serve the urban core.

  • Final 50 Feet: Urban Goods Delivery System focused on optimizing the final-50’ of deliveries of consumer goods ordered online and delivered to large residential and retail/commercial towers in Seattle. 

I was also a Teaching Assistant for the SCTL Master’s degree program for courses such as Logistics and Analysis, IT Systems and Supply Chain Integration, and the Practicum, where students use what they learn on real business problems. My Master's thesis was on Preparing cities for package demand growth: predicting neighborhood demand and implementing truck VMT reduction strategies.

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