John Bartholdi

John Bartholdi, director of SCL's research program, is a professor in ISyE and holds the Manhattan Associates Chair in Supply Chain Management. Dr. Bartholdi graduated in 1968 with a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Florida and then served two tours of duty in southeast Asia as a paratrooper in a Naval Special Warfare unit. He returned to the University of Florida to complete the Ph.D. program in operations research in 1977 and later served on the faculties at the University of Michigan, the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering, and the National University of Singapore. Dr. Bartholdi was named a "Presidential Young Investigator" by the National Science Foundation for 1984-1989. His research work has been supported by the Defense Logistics Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, among others.

Dr. Bartholdi teaches supply chain issues, primarily warehousing, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and in SCL's professional education program. His research centers on problems in warehousing and distribution, but he reserves some time to pursue wider-ranging interests, including mechanics, politics, computer science, geography, and biology.


Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, INFORMS 2005
  • Manhattan Associates Chair of Supply Chain Management 2000 present
  • Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering, Institute of Industrial Engineers 1999
  • Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation 1984-1989
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, The University of Michigan 1978-1979
  • Winner of the Nicholson Student Paper Competition, INFORMS/TIMS Joint National Meeting May 1978