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Craig Philip

Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

  • Management and sustainability of freight transportation networks and operations
  • Infrastructure resilience and application of risk management tools to public policy making
  • Carrier safety management and regulation of 24/7/365 operations
  • Water resource management and balancing multistakeholder interests


Dr. Philip has spent 35 years in leadership positions in the transportation industry, including maritime, rail and intermodal.  From 1993 to 2014 he served as President/CEO of Ingram Barge Company, as it grew to become the largest US domestic marine transportation carrier.  Craig began his career at Consolidated Rail Corporation and later served with Southern Pacific Railroad where he was VP of their Intermodal Division.

Craig has been actively engaged in transportation and logistics industry leadership, serving as Chairman of the American Waterways Operators, the National Waterways Conference and the US Chamber’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Executive Committee as well as the Marine Board.  He currently serves as a US Commissioner of PIANC (international water transport congress) and  on the Boards of the ArcBest Corporation, the USDOT’s National Freight Advisory Committee, the Seamen’s Church Institute, the Red Cross of Tennessee and the Nashville Civic Design Center.

In 2010 Craig was designated a Distinguished Diplomate in ACOPNE (Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers) and in 2014 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.