Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
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 launched the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) in 2016 to bring the public and private sectors together 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 parking, moving items and 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. The UFL has completed innovative research projects that provide foundational data and proven strategies.
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 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 and logistics management, and advises graduate students in transportation engineering.
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. She holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.