Pooja Anand received her Doctoral degree in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2006. She received her Bachelor of Technology degree in 2000 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in India and her Master of Science degree in 2004, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her masters' research dealt with quantitative assessment of the exposure of environmental characteristics to railroad spills of hazardous materials. She used Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to develop probability estimates for occurrence of various soil types and groundwater depth regions near railroad lines. Her PhD research dealt with cost-benefit analysis of using more robust tank cars for hazardous material transportation. The remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated as a result of railroad spill is a capital-intensive project. The dilemma that faces the railroad industry today is whether it is more economical to invest in more damage resistant tank cars and reduce the probability of a release or to continue transporting in the current less robust tank cars and thus run a slightly higher possibility of a clean up. As a result of her research, railroads should be able to make a better-informed decision when dealing with transportation of these materials. Besides hazardous material risk assessment and geographic information systems her research interests also lie in the areas of transportation networks and traffic planning. Pooja is a conducting post-doctoral research at the U of I.
Yoon, H., Werth, C.J., Barkan, C.P.L., Schaeffer, D.J. and Anand, P. 2009. An environmental screening model to assess the consequences to soil and groundwater from railroad-tank-car spills of light non-aqueous phase liquids. (In Press) Journal of Hazardous Materials. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2008.09.121
Anand, P. and C.P.L. Barkan 2006. Exposure of soil and groundwater to spills of hazardous materials transported by rail: A geographic information system analysis. Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1943: 12-19.
Anand, P., C.P.L. Barkan, D.J. Schaeffer, C.J. Werth and B.S. Minsker 2005. Environmental risk analysis of chemicals transported in railroad tank cars. In Proceedings of the 8th International Heavy Haul Conference , Rio de Janiero, June 2005, pp. 395-403.