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Supply Chain Risk in Middle Tennessee

Primary Investigators:
Craig Philip
 
Brief Description of Project:
Over the last 5 years, the supply of refined petroleum products to Middle Tennessee has shifted from pipeline to marine deliveries. This has been caused by changes in patterns of refinery operations which have resulted from increased domestic crude availability and pipeline capacity problems from the Gulf Coast.

This research project will look at the implications of this change and the resulting opportunities and risks to the region.

Desired Qualifications: 
Interest in transportation, public policy
Some data science and GIS skill
Excellent written and oral communication skills 

Nature of Supervision:
Collaboration with faculty and grad students working on related projects
 
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
- Evaluate historical data available from the Army Corps of Engineers and TEMA. 
- Stakeholder discussions with transport providers and terminal operators
- Quantify and assess disruption scenarios and implications
- Prepare and present a research report 

Number of Open Slots: 1
 
Contact Information:
Name: Craig Philip
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Email: craig.e.philip@vanderbilt.edu