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About Panos

  • MSOM Distinguished Fellow Award, 2022

  • Fellow of POMS Award, 2016

  • Appointment to the Academic Council, ALBA Graduate School of Business, 2015

  • Founders Day Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University, 2013

  • Appointed to St. Louis Regional Chamber Multimodal Logistics Forum, 2013

  • EMBA Reid Teaching Award, Washington University, Olin School of Business, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012

  • M&SOM Meritorious Service Award, M&SOM, 2005

  • M&O Classes I, II, III and V Teaching Awards, M&O, 2002

  • Best Research Paper, Institute of Industrial Engineers for service to their flagship journal, 2000

  • MBA Reid Teaching Awards, Best Teacher of the Year, Washington University Olin School of Business, 1998, 2000

  • EM3 Program Teaching Award, 1998, 1999

  • Ranked as the 7th most productive researcher of production & operations management in U.S. business school, 1993



Panos Kouvelis is the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain, Operations, and Technology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the Director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation, a supply chain management research center.


Prior to joining Olin, Panos Kouvelis served as an associate professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published three books and over 80 papers in top-quality academic journals. Kouvelis has held visiting appointments with the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, where he taught in the executive programs in Barcelona, Chicago and Singapore, WHU- Koblenz School of Management, Germany, and Singapore Management University, Singapore.


He has consulted with and/or taught executive programs for Emerson, IBM, Dell Computers, Boeing, Hanes, Duke Hospital, Solutia, Express Scripts, Spartech, MEMC, Ingram Micro, Smurfit Stone, Reckitt & Colman, and Bunge on supply chain, operations strategy, inventory management, lean manufacturing, operations scheduling and manufacturing system design issues.

Areas of Expertise


Decision Analysis

Math Programming

Supply Chain Management

International Business

Management Strategy

Technology Management

Research Interests



global supply chain management


supply chain finance


supply chain risk management


managing innovation


disruptive innovation strategies


lean startups


enterprise risk management


operations strategy


outsourcing and procurement strategies


managing production-inventory systems


lean product development


health care management


project management


marketing/manufacturing interfaces


robust operational decision making


facilities location and layout design


lean operations


operational excellence

Academic/Professional Activities
  • Editor-in-Cheif, Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management

  • Editor, INFORMS Analytics Collections

  • Department Editor, IIE Transactions: Project Selection, Coordination and Management

  • Editor, Associate Editor, Operations Research

  • Editor, Associate Editor, Management Science on Interdisciplinary Research

  • Department Editor, IIE Transactions on Supply Chains/Production-Inventory System

  • Editor, Associate Editor, Operations Research

  • Department Editor, Production & Operations on Manufacturing Operations

  • Editor, Senior Editor, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

  • Editor, Associate Editor, Decision Sciences

  • Editor, Editor of Special Issue, Management Science

  • Editor, Senior Editor, Flexible Services & Manufacturing Journal

  • Editor, Senior Editor, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management


Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering

and Engineering Management
Specialty: Operations and Supply

Chain Management
Minor field: Operations Research


Masters in Business Administration
Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering


Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Professional Societies
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), MSOM Division

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)

  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

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