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Gabor Wehrmueller

Gabor Wehrmueller
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab

Jake Paulsene

Jake Paulsene
Jake Paulsene
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab

Jake Paulsene is a current undergraduate student in the Civil & Environmental Engineering program at the University of Washington. His research interests include studying urban and last-mile freight movement, the intersection between transportation engineering and urban planning policies, and the solutions tackling social equity and justice issues.

Outside of academia, you can find Jake rock climbing or cafe hopping in Seattle.

  • Urban & last-mile freight movement
  • Transportation & urban planning policy
  • Social equity, justice, and safety

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)

Travis Fried

Travis Fried
Travis Fried
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
  • Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Track)
  • Lab Manager, Urban Freight Lab
tfried3@uw.edu  |  Wilson Ceramics Lab 111
  • Open data
  • Public transport mapping
  • Zero-emissions freight
  • Urban freight
  • Shared mobility
  • Equity and justice
  • John S. Adams Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education (University of Minnesota, 2018)
  • Best Student Paper Award (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 2018)
  • USpatial Mapping Prize (University of Minnesota, 2018)
  • Walter H. Judd Graduate Fellowship (University of Minnesota, 2017)
  • Allen & Irene Salisbury Fellowship (Carleton College, 2014)
  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)
  • M.S., GIS, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Carleton College

Travis Fried is a spatial data and urban freight enthusiast with a Master’s degree in GIS from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College. Previously, he worked as an urban mobility researcher for World Resources Institute (WRI) studying the environmental, health, and equity impacts of open public transit data, urban freight, shared mobility, transport-related stimulus spending and impact investing – among other topics. When he’s not making maps, you can find him backpacking somewhere off in the mountains. In fact, Travis has backpacked the entire state of Washington both north to south and east to west.

Rishi Verma

Rishi Verma
Rishi Verma(no longer at UFL/SCTL)
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
  • Ph.D. Student, Industrial Engineering
rverma32@uw.edu  |  Wilson Ceramics Lab 111
  • Excellence in Education – Norwalk Public Schools (2021)
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)
  • B.S., Operations Research and Engineering (Minors, Computer Science and Music), Cornell University

I hold a BS in Operations Research and Engineering from Cornell University, with minors in Computer Science and Music. After graduating, I became a Teach For America corps member, and spent two years teaching Mathematics at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, Connecticut. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Washington and am serving as a research assistant in the Urban Freight Lab.

Polina Butrina

Polina Butrina
Polina Butrina(no longer at UFL/SCTL)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant (2016-18)
  • Graduate Student, Transportation Engineering (2016-18)
Photo by Anna Bovbjerg Alligood: SCTL Center Research Asst., student MSc(Eng.), University of Washington

Nota Goulianou

Nota Goulianou
Nota Goulianou(no longer at UFL/SCTL)
  • Teaching Assistant, Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master's degree program
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
  • Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Track)
  • Autonomous freight vehicles
  • Urban freight
  • Sustainability
  • Zero-emissions freight
  • Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship, Florida Atlantic University
  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)
  • M.S., Transportation Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering, Technical University of Crete (Greece)Teaching Assistant, Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master’s degree program

Panagiota (Nota) Goulianou holds a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the Technical University of Crete and a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently continuing her studies in Transportation Engineering as a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington.

During her master’s studies, Nota worked as a graduate research assistant for the Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI), where her research focused on intermodal freight transportation and port resilience. She served as the president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter (May 2019 – February 2020) and the vice president of the WTS student chapter at FAU.

  • Teaching Assistant, Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Master’s degree program

Thomas Maxner

Thomas Maxner
Thomas Maxner
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
  • Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Track)
  • Last-mile delivery
  • Sustainability
  • Freight transport
  • Fellowship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)
  • MPP/M.S., Public Policy and Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Syracuse University

Thomas (Tom) Maxner holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington.

Before his graduate student career, Tom worked in project management for Clark Construction in Washington, D.C. for seven years, where he managed the construction of several educational facilities and residential buildings. He is interested in improving sustainability in the freight transport sector from maritime shipping to last-mile delivery.

Since relocating to the west coast from Washington, D.C., Tom and his wife have traveled to many National Parks for camping trips.

Tom was awarded a fellowship from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. At Syracuse University, he was awarded the K.L. Lui Memorial Award by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for student organization leadership and community service and was an SU Chancellor’s Scholar. He remains involved with SU as a member of the College of Engineering Young Alumni Board.

  • CET 587 (Civil & Environmental Engineering: Transportation) Transportation Logistics (4)
  • Lab Manager, Urban Freight Lab

Manali Sheth

Manali Sheth
Manali Sheth(no longer at UFL/SCTL)
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab (2016-18)
  • Graduate Student, Urban Planning (Transportation Concentration) (2016-18)
Photo by Anna Bovbjerg Alligood: SCTL Center Research Asst., University of Washington

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.

Gabriela Girón-Valderrama

Gabriela Girón-Valderrama
Gabriela Girón-Valderrama(no longer at UFL/SCTL)
  • Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
  • Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Track)
  • Rising Star, Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Rising Stars workshop (2020)
  • Thomas D. Larson Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation Future Leaders Program (2019)
  • Recipient, Women’s Transportation Seminar Puget Sound – Scott White Memorial Scholarship (2018)
  • First Place, Washington State Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Night Competition (2017)
  • Scholarship Recipient, Fulbright Student Scholarship Program (2015)
  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, University of Washington (in progress)
  • ​M.S., Civil Engineering (Transportation Track), University of Washington
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Technological University of Panama

Gabriela Girón-Valderrama holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Technological University of Panama and an MS in Civil Engineering (Transportation Track) from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Washington as well as serving as a research assistant for the Urban Freight Lab. She works for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) as an Urban Freight Coordinator.

She is a member of the Urban Freight Transportation Committee (AT025) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB).