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James J. Corbett, P.E., Ph.D. conducts technology-policy research related to transportation, including groundbreaking research on air emissions from maritime transport, energy and environmental impacts of freight transportation, and assessment of technological and policy strategies for improving goods movement. Dr. Corbett's work on freight sustainability integrates sustainability research in large freight systems and international research collaboration to improve the effective use of highway, waterway, railroad, and air transportation infrastructure. He authored seminal studies evaluating international shipping’s role in use of technology to meet stewardship goals. His research collaborations produce scholarly and applied resources that: i) improve collaboration among industry, universities, and agencies across jurisdictions; and ii) build interdisciplinary capacity to evaluate benefits of alternative ideas for sustainable goods movement. Dr. Corbett works with colleagues and partners internationally to identify achievable targets for sustainable goods movement.

Specialties: • Environmental assessment of energy, emissions and impacts from international ships and multimodal transportation,
• Decision-based policy analysis of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness to achieve improved performance,
• Economic evaluation of technology policy,
• Energy alternatives using total fuel cycle analysis, and
• Visualizing performance in freight transportation.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Delaware


  • 1999 
    Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering and Public Policy, Ph.D.