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Craig Philip, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director, Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research (VECTOR)

Office: Room 277, Jacobs Hall
Address: Vanderbilt University
VU Station B-35 1831
Nashville, TN 37235-1831
Phone: (615)812-0300

Dr. Philip is the director of VECTOR Research group, his research interests include the following:

  • Transportation and other complex network systems and how regulatory, economic, and environmental matters intersect and often conflict. Particular expert in the development and application of analysis tools and models that can be used to inform and support public policymakers and transport firms, with particular focus on safety management especially related to fatigue/hours-of-service regulation of 24/7/365 operations.
  • Infrastructure funding and operational management and in particular assessment of resilience and strategies to mitigate operational risks improve economic and institutional resilience at both the level of the firm and the relevant governmental entities.
  • Water resources management, and especially the policy and judicial processes aimed at the balancing of multiple interests and beneficiaries. In addition managing issues around sustainable operations and assessment of environmental/carbon footprinting.
  • Dr. Philip’s work is informed by more than 30 years managing rail, intermodal and marine operations, including more than 20 years as President/CEO of what grew to become the largest domestic maritime operator in the United States. As an industry leader, he has actively engaged in public policy development with regulatory agencies such as the Coast Guard and Department of Transportation and with infrastructure providers such as the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Accomplishments / Awards

Invited Reviewer of TRB Special Report #318, “Modernizing Freight Rail Regulation”

Invited Reviewer of National Research Council’s “Report of the 21st Century Truck Partnership”

Invited Reviewer and Public Panel Member of TRB Special Report #315: “Funding and Managining the US Inland Waterway System” including Public Presentation on June 15

Invited Expert and Participant in National Academy of Science’s “Forum on Coastal Resiliency”

Appointment by Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works as “US Principal Representative to the PIANC Inland Navigation Commission”

Receipt of Lifetime Achievement Award from Seamen’s Church Institute at their Silver Bell Awards Dinner, June 4, 2015

  • Ph.D: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (Systems Engineering), 1980
  • BSCE: Princeton University, (Civil Eng.), 1975