Tom Van Woensel is 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 heads the Smart Logistics Lab, a joint effort of around 15 people doing research in transport and logistics. He is the program chair of the Bachelor Program Industrial Engineering (around 850 undergraduate students). From 2015 to 2018, he was also appointed as the Program Director of the 4TU.SAI Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) program in Industrial Engineering. Under his initiative, this program is now part of the JADS-based Data Science PDeng program.
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 around 85 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 (current h-index is 36, with over 4000 citations to his work). As the lead scientist from the TU/e, he was involved in securing several grants coming from the EU, Dinalog, Transumo, NWO, and several companies (Eyefreight, Binnenstadservice, Connexxion, Lekkerland, FloraHolland, P&G, etc.). Van Woensel is also associate editor for Transportation Science, OR Spectrum, Urban Science and Logistics Research.
Professor Van Woensel conducted a large number of projects with industry, mainly with and through his Master, Professional Doctorate, and Doctorate students. He is also a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences, both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Prof.dr. Van Woensel is also director of the European Supply Chain Forum, a collaborative effort with about 50 large multinational companies.