Co-Executive Director

john.bartholdi@isye.gatech.edu

John J. Bartholdi, III, Ph.D.

John Bartholdi is a Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is Director of Global Research for The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute and holds the Manhattan Associates Chair of Supply Chain Management. Bartholdi's research centers on problems of logistics and distribution. In addition to academic papers, he has developed widely-used tools for managing warehouses, routing delivery vehicles, and - most recently - coordinating a fleet of buses. The technical paper behind bus coordination was named "Best Paper" by the professional society INFORMS (Transportation and Logistics Group); and the implementation on the Georgia Tech campus was covered by CNN, PBS, and many other news organizations. Bartholdi has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering, and the National University of Singapore. He was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, 1984-1989. He won the 1999 Award for Technical Innovation by the Institute of Industrial Engineers and in 2005 was named a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.

Co-Executive Director

don.ratliff@isye.gatech.edu

Don Ratliff, Ph.D.

Dr. Ratliff is a supply chain and logistics expert with more than 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant, and technology business executive. As Founding Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, he has provided leadership for the largest research program in the world devoted to the study of supply chains and logistics. This includes research and innovation centers in Panama and Singapore. As founder and President of the software company CAPS Logistics, Dr. Ratliff helped to pioneer the development of software tools to design supply chain networks and optimize logistics processes. He is also co-founder of Scientific Logistics, Inc. a pioneer in the development of cloud-based optimization methodology to plan delivery routes. He has worked with a wide range of companies and government organizations to recognize and evaluate opportunities for supply chain synchronization and logistics optimization, to develop strategies for exploiting these opportunities, and to develop the processes and technologies necessary to execute on these strategies. Dr. Ratliff's research into new logistics concepts and optimization algorithms has resulted in the publication of more than one hundred refereed journal articles and articles in popular trade magazines. He has given more than two hundred invited presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Ratliff is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. He has held a number of editorial positions including being Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Research. He is Chair of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Supply Chains and Logistics. He was awarded the "Outstanding Research Award" of the Institute of Industrial Engineers for his work in logistics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a Fellow of INFORMS. Dr. Ratliff was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in developing network optimization methodology for use in the design and operation of logistics systems. More than 200 companies and government agencies have implemented concepts developed by him and his colleagues. His current research focus is on logistics performance and international trade.

Interim Managing Director

jorge.barnett@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Jorge Barnett, Ph.D.

Jorge Barnett Lawton obtained a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technological University of Panama in 1999, an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004, and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program. He also has nearly a decade of industry experience through diverse roles in the fields of manufacturing, project management and logistics. His research interests are on supply chain network design and strategy, and the integration of social and environmental issues to supply chain models.

Senior Research Engineer / Administrator

yuritza.oliver@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Yuritza Oliver

Yuritza began her professional career analyzing performance indicators of appointment personnel at Ricardo Pérez, S.A. Later, she joined the project coordination team, where she conducted and implemented process improvement studies to certify Toyota dealers' in quality. In 2007, she joined the Research and Development Team at the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá [Technological University of Panama]; she developed projects in renewable energy and transportation logistics. In 2010, she joined the Georgia Tech Panama Center as Research Engineer, and became Senior Research Engineer and Administrator of the Center in 2011. Yuritza earned her bachelor's degree in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (2004), and obtained a diploma in Project Management from the same university (2008). She also has a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia (2010) and holds a professional certification in Lean Supply Chain and Supply Chain Management (2012) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also certified as a Kaizen promoter and as a TSM standards evaluator for Toyota service dealers.

Research Engineer

william.vong@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

William Vong

W. Vong is research engineer at Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Research & Innovation Center. His professional career has been oriented to security and infrastructure. He is on charge of the IT infrastructure and data management. W. Vong has a bachelor's degree in System and Computation Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP).

Research Engineer

danna.ramirez@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Danna Ramírez

D. Ramirez belonged to the second graduating class of MSc. in Supply Chain Engineering Dual Scholarship Program with the Georgia Institute of Technology. D. Ramirez has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP). She decided to enter the world of logistics by doing her graduation internship as manufacturing specialist at Cerveceria Nacional, where she later on was hired as warehousing analyst in the distribution department. She was professor of logistics in Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá. Currently, D. Ramirez is research engineer at the Georgia Tech Logistics Innovation and Research Center, and develops process improvement projects for Panama's logistics assets.

Research Engineer

bidkar.garay@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Bidkar Garay

Bidkar O. Garay, research engineer at Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center. His experience focuses on design and development of web and desktop applications, analysis and data management. Bidkar has participated in several projects and fairs, highlighting the Feria Científica del Ingenio Juvenil and worked as a programmer analyst in the Coffee Traceability Project, performed by the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario and the Asociación de Productores de Renacimiento. As member of the honor chapter of the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, obtained a bachelor's degree in System and Computation Engineering in 2014.

Research Engineer

alvaro.lasso@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Alvaro Lasso

Alvaro Lasso, research engineer of the Georgia Tech Logistics Innovation & Research Center, previously served as Supply Chain Management Coordinator for multinational companies, Pricing & Procurement Assistant and Sales Support in Damco - Maersk Group. Eng. Alvaro graduated in 2011 with a B.S. degree in maritime and port engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and finished the dual master in supply chain engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and master in supply chain management from the Universidad Latina de Panamá in 2014. He is certified as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt by the IIE. Eng. Alvaro has experience in Supply Chain Management including maritime, air, trucking and warehousing logistics operations, implementation of SCM processes, has participated in national & regional tenders, as well as commercial strategies to provide supply chain solutions.

Research

julio.cesar@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Julio César

Julio Cesar Torres is a researcher at Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center. He has a bachelor degree in Software Development from Universidad Tecnologica de Panama; (UTP). His experience is focused in the development of applications in different languages (PHP, Java and others), databases (MySQL, SQL Server, and others) and software Development Cycle.

Research

luisa.castro@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Luisa Castro

Luisa Castro is researcher at Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center; she was part of the Center's team that executed the Mesoamerican Observatory on Freight Transportation and Logistics a project of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She is Business Administration graduated with a MBA, in addition to her Project Management training, Luisa graduated from Georgia Tech's Professional Lean Supply Chain Course. She has experience in Quality Managemen Systems with international standards such as ISO 9001:2015 "Systems Quality Management - Requirements" and ISO/IEC GUIDE 17065. Finally, she has worked to execute international cooperation initiatives, consulting to establish best practices for regulations in production processes and collect and analyze information on freight transport and logistics in Mesoamerican countries.

Research Engineer

arturo.castillo@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Arturo Castillo

Arturo Castillo Pérez, is a research engineer at the Georgia Tech Logistics Innovation & Research Center, has experience in supply chain and public tenders for airport supplies and equipment, having worked at Tocumen International Airport as a Supply Chain Specialist. He also has experience in business intelligence and marketing by taking the position of Category Management Analyst at Kimberly Clark for the mass consumption categories. He received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technological University of Panama in 2013 and completed his Master's degree in Supply Chain Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015.

Research Engineer

fernando.medina@gatech.pa
+507 395-3030

Fernando Medina

Fernando Medina obtained a Licenciate Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Enginnering from the Technological University of Panama in 2010. He also completed a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. He has worked as Network and IT Engineer in different companies like Liberty Technologies Inc, Dell Inc., and Cable Onda S.A. He has also worked as a Software Engineer II Engineer in Cisco Systems, Inc. Presently he is a research engineer at the Georgia Tech Logistics Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center.

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Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center - USA (Atlanta) based Team

John Bartholdi
John Bartholdi, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director
Don Ratliff
Don Ratliff, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director

Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center - Panama based Team

Jorge Barnett Dr. Jorge Barnett
Interim Managing Director
Yuritza Oliver Yuritza Oliver
Senior Research Engineer / Administrator
William Vong William Vong
Research Engineer
Danna Ramírez Danna Ramírez
Research Engineer
Bidkar Garay Bidkar Garay
Research Engineer
Alvaro Lasso Alvaro Lasso
Research Engineer
Julio Cesar Julio Cesar
Researcher
Luisa Castro Luisa Castro
Researcher
Arturo Castillo Arturo Castillo
Research Engineer
fernando_medina Fernando Medina
Research Engineer