About me

Tom Van Woensel is a Full Professor of Freight Transport and Logistics in the OPAC group (Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He leads the Smart Logistics research theme, a joint effort of around 15 people researching transport and logistics. In July 2019, he is appointed as the Director of Education and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (around 2300 students in various BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. programs). He is also the program chair of the Bachelor Program in Industrial Engineering (around 850 undergraduate students).

Prof. Van Woensel also serves as Academic Director of the Global Supply Chain Management program at the Antwerp Management School, Belgium. As a collaborating member, he is also connected to the CIRRELT (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d’entreprise, la logistique et le transport) in Montreal, Canada.


His research is mainly focused on Freight Transport and Logistics. He published over 120 papers in leading academic journals (including Management Science, Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part B, C, D, E, Production and Operations Management, Interfaces, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, etc.) and several chapters in international books. More information on all publications can also be found on Google Scholar (the current h-index is 51, with around 9,300 citations to his work).

As the lead scientist from the TU/e, he secured several grants from the EU, Dinalog, Transumo, NWO, and several companies (Eyefreight, Binnenstadservice, Connexxion, Lekkerland, FloraHolland, P&G, etc.). Van Woensel is also an associate editor for Transportation Science, OR Spectrum, Urban Science, and Logistics Research.

Professor Van Woensel conducted many projects with industry, mainly with and through his Master’s, Professional Doctorate, and Doctorate students. He is also a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences in the Netherlands and abroad.

Prof. dr. Van Woensel is also director of the European Supply Chain Forum, a collaborative effort with about 75 large multinational companies.

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