George Vairaktarakis

George Vairaktarakis, PhD

William E. Umstattd Professor of Industrial Economics
Professor, Operations
Weatherhead School of Management

George L. Vairaktarakis is a Professor within the Department of Operations at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. George joined the Weatherhead faculty in 1997 and was tenured in 2004. He received a BS in Applied Mathematics at the University of Patras, Greece (1988), a MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of South Carolina (1990), a MSc in Industrial Engineering at the University of Florida (1992) where he also received a PhD in Operations (1994).

George has been Director of Graduate Programs and Director of the SCM Masters program for many years and has overseen its growth from 15 students to more than 50. He has also co-developed and served as the co-Director of The Institute of Engineering and Management (TiME) which offers a Masters Program in Engineering and Management (MEM) offered jointly between the Weatherhead School of Management (WSOM) and the Case School of Engineering (CSE).
Georges’s teaching interests in Operations Management include Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Distribution Logistics, Production Planning and Control, International Operations and Management of Technology. In these areas, he has developed and delivered courses to MBA and Executive students at the WSOM, the CSE, Marquette University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kasetsart University, Thailand and the University of Athens, Greece. Also, he has developed and delivered short programs for medium and large companies in the United States and in South East Asia.

George’s research interests include Project Management, Third-party Logistics, Production Planning and Control and Product/Process Analysis. His articles are published at top academic and practitioner journals including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and the Journal of Operations Management. He is currently serving as Senior Editor in Production & Operations Management Society journal and Associate Editor in the area of Project Management in Naval Research Logistics. In the past he has served the editorial board of a number of journals including IIE Transactions and the Journal of Scheduling. He has given lectures in universities around the country and is regularly invited as Visiting Scholar to Hong Kong Universities.

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