Dr. José Holguín-Veras, is the William H. Hart Professor and Director of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, and the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the recipient of the 2013 White House's Transportation Champion of Change Award, the 1996 Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award, and the 2001 National Science Foundation's CAREER Award. According to Google Scholar, he is one of the most widely published and cited freight researchers in the world. His research interests are in the areas of freight transportation modeling and economics, and humanitarian logistics. His research has led to major changes in transportation policy to improve urban freight systems. His work on humanitarian logistics has played an influential role in how best to respond to large disasters and catastrophic events. He is President of the Pan-American Society of Transportation Research. He is an Associate Editor of leading journals including Transportation Research Parts A and E, Journal of Operation Management, among others. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996; a M.Sc. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1984; and a B.Sc. from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo en 1982.