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Jury 2017


Anders Thorstenson
Anders Thorstenson is currently professor of Operations Management at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University in Denmark. He holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University in Sweden, and obtained the tekn.dr. degree there in Production Economics. He has held academic positions at technical faculties and business schools in Scandinavia, the US and Hong Kong. He has been academic advisor for more than 120 master’s theses and acted as external examiner at several universities and business schools. His main areas of interest regarding research and teaching are Supply Chain Management, Production and Inventory Control, and Business Analytics.

Boris Delibašić
Boris Delibašić is professor at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Serbia. His research interests lie in business intelligence, data mining, machine learning, multicriteria decision analysis, and decision support systems. He serves in editorial boards of several international journals. He is a coordinator of the EURO working group on Decision Support Systems. He obtained his PhD in 2007 from the University of Belgrade. He was awarded with the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grant in 2011. He speaks fluently English, and German, and communicates also in Russian, French, and Italian.

Eric Blanco
Dr Eric Blanco is associate professor in Engineering Design and Product Development in the school of Industrial Engineering and Management at Grenoble Institute of Technology (University of Grenoble Alps). He is currently Deputy Director of the IEM School. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 1993. He obtained his Phd in 1998 and his habilitation in 2008 for his research on based oninformation management in collaborative design activities. Theseinterdisciplinary researches integrate engineering and organization sciences models of design activity. His current research deals with performance in product development and R&D organizations. His researches are mainly empirical and carried out in close partnership with industry. He is a member of the Design Society and consultant in industry.

Farzad Pargar
Farzad Pargar is a researcher in industrial engineering and management at the University of Oulu. His work focuses on optimization modeling and management of complex real-world systems using quantitative techniques. In particular, he is interested in problems that possess features that make a problem difficult to simulate and/or optimize, such as large decision space, constraints, uncertainty, and multiple objectives.The topic of his Ph.D. thesis is related to resource optimization techniques in maintenance and production planning.

Gaétan de Rassenfosse
Gaétan de Rassenfosse is an Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). He joined the Institute of Technology and Public Policy at the College of Management of Technology in late 2014. Prior to that, he was a research fellow then a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia) from 2010 to 2014. He was affiliated with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Gaétan de Rassenfosse obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010.

Haldun Süral
Haldun Süral is a professor at the IE Department of METU, Ankara, Turkey. His work experience includes teaching and research positions at INSEAD (France), and UW and WLU (Canada). His research works range from supply/production/distribution network design to restructuring a large humanitarian aid organization and waste management system design. He is an area editor of INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research, a member of the advisory board of OR Spectrum, and served at the past editorial board of Turkish Journal of IE. He is past president of the OR Society of Turkey. His research interests include methodology, modeling, and applications in OR and history of OR in Turkey.

Jan C. Fransoo
Jan C. Fransoo is a professor of Operations Management and Logistics in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Operations Management & Logistics from Eindhoven University of Technology. Professor Fransoo held various visiting appointments at universities in the USA, including Stanford University and MIT, Slovenia, China, and Mexico. He holds senior or advisory editorial positions at nine academic journals in the fields of operations and supply chain management, including Operations Research and Production and Operations Management. He has published over 100 papers in academic journals and presented at many academic and industry conferences, on topics such as production planning, supply chain and inventory management, and transportation planning. His most recent work is addressing issues such as synchromodal transportation, distribution in megacities, and sustainable supply chain management. As part from his academic activities, Professor Fransoo has conducted dozens of projects with industry, and has consulted with the World Bank and various national governments in developed and developing countries.

Jorge Freire de Sousa
Jorge Freire de Sousa is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). He has a PhD in Engineering Sciences - University of Porto (1996). Since 1987, he has been working as consultant and leader of several industry projects at INEGI, an R&D interface institute of the UP. He has been head of the Industrial Engineering and Management Unit at FEUP (1997-98 and 2003-05). He has been member of the Board of STCP, the Public Transport Company of Porto (1998-2002 and 2006-2012). He is a senior researcher of CEGI at INESC TEC. His main topics of interest are: transportation, decision support systems, and applied Operations Research. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of the “Transportation Research Procedia” Journal

Lubomir Dimitrov
Full professor, Dr., Vice Rector of the Technical University, Graduated from Moscow Technological University, Russia, in "Technology of Mechanical Engineering, Machine Tools and Instruments" (1980). Specialized at Cambridge University, UK (2004), University of Cincinnati, USA (Fulbright Scholarship, 2001-2002), Saint Joseph's University, USA (1996), Dublin University, Ireland (1992-1993). Doctoral thesis on "Impact of machine elements application on the development of their size structure in CAD systems" (Moscow, 1986). Began his professional career as assistant professor at the Technical University of Sofia in the Department of Machine Elements (1986), Associate Professor in the field of “Mechanics and Machine Elements" (2004), Professor in the field of "Mechatronics”. Main areas of teaching and research: design of machines and machine parts, ERP systems and their application. Author of three textbooks and more than 150 scientific publications. Activities outside TU: Member of the Board of Bulgarian Scientific Union in the area of Mechanical Engineering (since 2012). Expert and advisory capabilities: design of machines and machine parts, control systems, industrial robots, assembly automation, mechatronics.

Luís Miguel D. F. Ferreira
Luís Miguel D. F. Ferreira is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Coimbra. He received his PhD from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. His research interests include Supply Chain Management and Purchasing management. He has significant consultancy experience, both in the private and public sectors, and has published in several international journals, including: Production Planning and Control and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. He regularly attends the European Operations Management Association conference (EurOMA) .

Mário Amorim Lopes
Mário Amorim Lopes is currently an Invited Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management department at the School of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), an Invited Lecturer at Católica Porto Business School (CPBS), and head of the healthcare division at the Centre of Engineering and Industrial Management (CEGI), INESC-TEC. He holds an MSc in Software Engineering (FEUP), an MSc in Economics (School of Economics, University of Porto) and a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management (University of Porto). His research interests cover all things related to health care, from management to health economics and policy. He has also co-founded a startup company, worked for SAP Labs (Palo Alto, CA), and as a contractor for companies such as McKinsey.

Nesim K. Erkip
Nesim K. Erkip received M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. Prior joining Bilkent University in 2005, he worked at the METU for over 20 years. He held visiting and research positions at Cornell University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Eindhoven University of Technology and NYU. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in 1995-96. His main research interest is in multi-echelon inventory theory, distribution systems, supply chains and retailing, as well as applications of OR. He has published many academic papers, reports, and book chapters and mentored dozens of M.S. and Ph.D. students, and served as associate editor in a few journals. Currently, he serves in the editorial board of Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal. He worked at the Scientific and Technological Research Institute of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), is a founding member of Science and Technology Policy Studies Graduate Program at METU, and had been part of several initiatives active in preparing reports on “Science and Technology Policy” issues in Turkey. He has been involved in strategic planning activities for private and public higher educational institutions and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of TED University several years.

Pedro Amorim
Pedro Amorim is Assistant Professor at the Industrial Engineering and Management Department at the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto that also teaches at the Porto Business School. He is the head of the Research Center for Industrial Engineering and Management from INESC TEC – Associate Laboratory. Pedro Amorim is also the Co Founder of LTPlabs, which is a boutique management consultancy company that applies advanced analytical methods to help make better complex decisions. Pedro Amorim was a FCT and Carnegie Mellon-Portugal scholar and has held visiting appointments at Carnegie Mellon, Technical University of Berlin, Ingolstadt School of Management, University of São Paulo and Technical University of Lisbon. In recent years, Pedro Amorim has been supervising and conducting numerous national and European funded projects, co-authoring more than 20 research papers in the fields of supply chain management, optimization and fast moving consumer goods. Pedro is fluent in Portuguese, English and French. He received his undergraduate education and the Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Universidade do Porto, Portugal.

Vesna Damnjanović
Professor Dr. Vesna Damnjanovic graduated from the Faculty of Orgnaizational Sciences in Belgrade, where she also completed her doctorate at the department of Management. In the same section, she is today an Associate Professor for Marketing Management and Public Relations. She completed her specialization for Strategic Marketing Management in practise at the Chartered Institute of Marketing in Great Britain. She was a Visiting Lecturer at the ISM in Vilnius/Lithuania. She has been a mentor of FON students which have had winning success at local, domestic, European and global Business Case Studies Competitions throughout the past few years. She also participated in the education and training of university professors and students in Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosna and Herzegovina, Turkey, Austria, Hong Kong and Lithuania. Vesna is the Head of the Center for Business Case Studies at FON and the managing director of top 12 most significant global competitions, the Business Belgrade International Case Competition, www.bbicc.org

Vladislav Ivanov
Vladislav Ivanov is currently an Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Previously he worked as a Production Coordinator at KEMET Electronics, Bulgaria – a company specialized in production of capacitors and electronic filters. He holds a PhD in Production Automation (TU - Sofia) and a Master’s Degree in Machine Elements and Non-metallic Constructions (TU-Sofia). His fields of expertise and teaching are Machine Design, Product Development, Manufacturing Strategies, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. He is a Manager of an Open Innovation Lab at TU-Sofia, which is part of the Danube Transnational Programme. He is a Faculty Advisor of the Formula Student Team of TU-Sofia and has two specializations at the Institute for Product Development, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, (Germany). Final year project supervisor of 15 IEM students.

Luis Guimarães
Luis Guimarães is an Assistant Professor at the Industrial Engineering and Management Department – Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, senior researcher at the Center for Industrial Engineering and Management of INESC TEC and one of the founders of LTPlabs, a management consulting company that applies advanced analytical methods. His main area of activity is Operations Research/Computer Science. Most of his research is problem-driven and aims to develop advanced analytic solutions to be applied in real-world problems. In this context, he has collaborated in more than 30 industry-based research and consulting projects with various companies in the areas of process industry, transportation, retail and energy. Author of several publications in international journals in the field of Operations Research. He was part of a team of finalists of the Daniel H. Wagner Prize in 2016.



Jury 2016

Final Jury - Professors

Ana Camanho
Ana S. Camanho is an Associate Professor, and Director of the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management of the School of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal. She has a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She has published more than 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. She has done research projects in the following sectors: banking, retailing, healthcare, education, fisheries, construction industry, regulation of electricity distribution companies, urban quality of life, eco-efficiency and corporate social responsibility. Her research interests include performance assessment, Data Envelopment Analysis, Productivity measurement, Data mining and Customer Relationship Management. She was vice-president of the Portuguese Operational Research Society and Pro-director of the PhD program in Industrial Engineering and Management of the School of Engineering of the University of Porto.

Ana Raquel Xambre
Ana Raquel Xambre is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism of the University of Aveiro (UA). She holds an undergraduate degree in IEM - Industrial Engineering and Management (University of Aveiro), a post-graduate course in Quantitative Methods for Management (University of Porto) and a PhD in Industrial Management (University of Aveiro). She is a member of the Center for Research & Development in Mathematics and Applications (CIDMA) of the University of Aveiro, and her research interests include operations management and quantitative techniques. She has been responsible for supervising the final project /dissertation work, developed in industrial companies, of more than 40 IEM students.

Vladimir Tomasevic
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Tomašević, FRSA; Graduate of Civil engineering department from University of Edinburgh; Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy from Cambridge University. Dean of the School of Engineering Management of Union-Nikola Tesla University in Belgrade, Serbia. President of the Society of Engineering Managers of Serbia. Editor-in-Chief of the Serbian Journal of Engineering Management. Founder of the Belgrade Institute for Security Studies. Director of the Serbian Institute for Classical Studies.

Tatjana Ilic-Kosanovic
Tatjana Ilic Kosanovic is currently an Assistant Professor at The School of Engineering Management of Union Nikola Tesla University in Belgrade. She teaches Human Resources Management, Leadership, Organizational Behaviour, and Organizational Culture to undergraduate and graduate students. Tatjana Ilic-Kosanovic is also Director of Career Development Centre. Previously, she was consultant specialized in HRM working with numerous industrial companies. She holds an undergraduate degree and Master's degree in History from The Faculty of Philosophy, University in Belgrade; Master's degree in Organization and Human Resources Management from The Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade; and PhD degree in Economics and Management from Union Nikola Tesla University.

Ulrich Bauer
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Ulrich Bauer is since 1997 Professor at TU Graz and Head of the Institute for Business Economics and Industrial Sociology. His main fields in teaching are Business Economics, Cost management and Industrial Sociology. In Research he is interested how to control enterprises, operational and strategy and how to develop and handle human resources. He has long lasting management and consulting experience in Industry and at the University, where he was vice rector for Human Resources, Finance and Portfolio Management for 12 years.

Stefan O. Grbenic
Ass. Prof. MMag. Dr. Stefan O. Grbenic, since 2015 Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Economics and Industrial Sociology at Graz University of Technology; Field of Expertise is Management Control, Accounting and Finance; Field of Research is business valuation, especially the market approach to valuing businesses. Team Leader and Senior Lecturer on several Universities of Applied Science in Austria from 2005 until 2015 (during this time he reviewed more than 100 Master Thesis); Head of Department Controlling (University of Applied Science Burgenland, Austria); Tax/Business Consultant, Course Director, Audit Assistant. Masters degree in Business Economics and in Business Education, Doctoral Degree in Economics; Certification as Certified Valuation Analyse (EACVA and NACVA), Certification as Tax Consultant (Austrian Chamber of Chartered Public Accountants and Tax Consultants; Certification as Expert Witness (Austrian Association of Expert Witnesses).

First Round - PhD Students

Andreas Schumacher
Andreas Schumacher, studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Technology in Vienna and is currently engaged at this University in the Institute of Management Science (department for Industrial and System Engineering). Besides his teaching responsibilities in the field of Production and Quality Management he supervises a wide range of student-works such as seminar-papers, bachelor-thesis and master-thesis and writes his own PhD-Thesis in the area of digitalized production processes. Mr. Schumacher also engages as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Austria Research Institute where he focuses on maturity and readiness modelling for the field of Industry 4.0.

Henry Bloch
M.Sc. Henry Bloch is a PhD-Student and research assistant at the Institute of Automation Technology at Helmut Schmidt University/University of Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg. His field of teaching is automation technology. His research interests are in the field of modular process automation and to develop new control concepts for modular plants. Henry Bloch studied Industrial Engineering and Management focused on production technology from 2008 to 2015 at a joint study program of University Hamburg, Hamburg University of Applied Science and Helmut Schmidt University. He is member of the joint committee, which is the steering committee, of the IEM study program. During his studies he was an active member of ESTIEM LG Hamburg.

Mete Sevinç
Mete Sevinç is a PhD candidate in the School of Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. He received a BSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (2012) and a MSc in Industrial Engineering (2014) at Sabanci University, Istanbul. He completed his MSc thesis about an analysis on Innovation Taxonomy and Data Envelopment Analysis. He has previously worked in Turkey, and taken part in research projects in Sweden and Singapore. Currently, he conducts research on Supply Chain Control and Compliance through Bayesian Network Modeling. His research interests include Risk Assessment, Bayesian Network Modeling, Supply Chain Management, Datamining, Statistics and Information Visualization.

Marlene Brito
Marlene Brito, studied Industrial Engineering at the University in Aveiro and she has 12 years of experience in the leadership of operational changes in the advanced training using Lean and Kaizen philosophies at several manufacturing industries. She holds a post-graduate course in IEM - Industrial Engineering and Management (University of Aveiro), an APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Lean Manufacturing System and Lean Logistics (Pull + Levelling) at Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart. Actually, she wants to give her constribute to cientific area, using her own practice experience in indutrial engineering field. She’s writing a PhD-Thesis in the layouts area and her research interests include simulation, ergonomics and lean manufacturing.

Kay Peeters
Kay Peeters is a PhD student at the School of Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained a BSc and MSc degree in mechanical engineering, for which he completed an internship at the University of Queensland and graduation project for a large material handling automation company. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree aimed at the optimization of a poultry processing plant, with a focus on production planning. His research interests include Markov processes and queuing theory with a focus on applied research.

Jury 2015

Rui Sousa
Rui Manuel Alves da Silva e Sousa is Assistant Professor at the Department of Production and Systems/School of Engineering/University of Minho. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Systems and Automation and a PhD in Production and Systems Engineering. His main research interests are: lean manufacturing; formal approaches for production systems analysis/design and engineering education. He supervised more than 30 IME master thesis developed in the industry, mainly in the Lean Manufacturing area. He is author/coauthor of about 60 publications in international journals and conferences.

Pär Blomkvist
Pär Blomkvist is Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Management, KTH Stockholm. His research interests are in the fields of industrial dynamics and management of innovation. He is interested in Large Technical Systems, evolutionary theories on technical change and institutional factors influencing the process of industrial dynamics – especially in the area of “Managing the commons.

Bernd Zunk
Bernd Markus Zunk is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Head of the Institute of Business Economics and Industrial Sociology at Graz University of Technology. As leader of the “Industrial Marketing, Purchasing and Supply Management Working Group”, consisting of two PhD researchers, his current research interests are in the field of “Attractiveness, Trust and Power in Organizational Relationships”, “Preference of Industrial Customers”, “Personality and Motivation of Purchasing Professionals” as well as “Supplier Risk Management”. Up to now he has supervised more than 45 master theses. Besides, he is part of a team that is responsible for the design of the Industrial Engineering and Management degree programs at Graz University of Technology. Finally, he is author and co-author of five textbooks and more than 70 publications in international journals and conference papers.

Cristian Mustata
Dr. Ioan Cristian Mustata is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering in Foreign Languages/University Politehnica Bucharest. The fields of teaching and research are marketing, human resource development, and management of innovation. He is heading the Master program in Industrial management in German language (Geschäfts- und Industrieverwaltung). Besides, he is part of a team that is responsible for the design of the Industrial Engineering and Management degree programs in German language at the University Politehnica Bucharest. He supervised more than 120 IME master theses and is author/coauthor of about 30 publications in international journals and conferences.