Transportation, University of Toronto
Carlos Rivera-González earned his bachelor’s degree (2013) and master’s degree (2015), both in civil engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and his Ph.D. in transportation engineering in 2022 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His dissertation work produced the first analytical model to support Freight Efficient Land-Use (FELU) design and planning. In addition, he developed a variation of the model that incorporated environmental justice components to protect vulnerable areas with marginalized populations from being selected as optimum locations for distribution centers. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, where he is the project manager of both the Freight Data Warehouse and City Logistics for the Urban Economy. His future plan is to create a research center to influence policies that could have tremendous impacts on the sustainability of metropolitan areas. He has been a reviewer for eight academic journals, serves on two committees for the Pan-American Society of Transportation Research, and is a founding member of RPI’s chapter of Women in Transportation Seminar. In his teaching, Rivera-González has leveraged his research to stress the importance of equitable, diverse, and inclusive solutions for transportation problems. He hopes to cultivate his lifelong love of learning to ignite his students’ curiosity through challenging, yet doable projects based on real case scenarios.
Sustainable Urban Freight