Research Scientist, Humanitarian Response Lab

Alexander Rothkopf is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center of Transportation and Logistics.

Alexander has over 10 years of experience in solving complex operations & supply chain management problems. In his work he builds analytical models, and uses large data sets to develop insights and strategies, which improve for-profit and non-for-profit organizations supply chain performance.

In his current work with the [Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab] (http://ctl.mit.edu/research/current-projects/humanitarian-supply-chain-lab) he focuses on distribution network design for emergency response organizations. He investigates how organizations such as FEMA should position inventory across the United States, procure transportation capacity, and contract relief supplies from third parties to prepare for disasters.

Alexander also works in the [MITx MicroMasters Program for Supply Chain Management] (https://micromasters.mit.edu/scm/) – a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered to students worldwide to earn a comprehensive Supply Chain Management degree. He serves as a course lead and also develops course materials, exams, and analytical tools to evaluate student and course performance.

Prior to joining MIT he founded and let a research initiative for Global Health Supply Chains at the [University of Wuerzburg] (https://www.wiwi.uni-wuerzburg.de/no_cache/lehrstuhl/bwl11/startseite/ ) (Germany). In this work he focused on developing innovative sourcing strategies for Global Health organizations such as USAID, the Global Fund, GAVI, or UNICEF. Alexander developed insights and provided advice on how organizations should structure their supply base and contract their suppliers to increase benefits of competition and reduce exposure to default, quality, or lead-time related supply risks. He worked with different for-profit firms and non-for-profit organizations to improve essential medicines’ supply.

Alex has taught various topics in supply chain & operations management in bachelor, master, MBA and, executive education programs at different universities. Alex holds a PhD in Supply Chain & Operations Management, and master degrees in engineering and management.

Further project examples include:

  • developing a [methodology for organizations to trade-off] (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2018.06.027 ) competition benefits and supply risk when sourcing from multiple suppliers,
  • analyzing an innovative tender mechanism to trade-off competition benefits and learning supplier quality,
  • developing and evaluating inventory management and consolidated ordering policies for pharmacies in low-resource settings using machine-learning methods,
  • developing joint estimation and optimization methods for multi-server service systems using machine-learning,
  • evaluating the impact of economies of scale on price setting in long-term supplier agreements,
  • developing a total-cost-of-ownership tool for supplier selection and evaluation,
  • modeling if and how firms can deal with [non-compliant purchasing actions] ( https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.05.020 ) in large and procurement organizations,
  • and more.

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