Alan Erera is the associate chair for graduate studies and UPS Professor of Logistics in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He has served on the school faculty since 2001, when he joined as assistant professor. He is also the faculty director for the M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering program and a co-director for Global Transportation in the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute. Dr. Erera is currently serving as president of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society (feed) of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and has served formerly as associate editor for the flagship society journal Transportation Science.
Dr. Erera’s research focuses on transportation and logistics systems planning and control, with an emphasis on planning under uncertainty and real-time operational control. His recent work has addressed last-mile logistics; dynamic vehicle routing systems for same-day distribution; service network design, linehaul equipment management, and driver scheduling for consolidation freight carriers; resilient logistics network design for food supply chains; robust container fleet management for global shipping companies; and robust and flexible vehicle routing system planning and control for distribution companies. He has written over 50 research papers in these subject areas, and has delivered over 100 technical presentations and invited lectures. His research program has been supported by federal agencies (DHS, USDOT, NSF) and major U.S. freight carriers and manufacturing firms. Recent industrial collaborators on research have included Saia, UPS, GrubHub, and SF Express.
He received his B.S. Eng. summa cum laude in Civil Engineering and Operations Research in 1993 from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, he worked in transportation software development and consulting for ALK Technologies, located in Princeton.