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Eleftherios Iakovou

Eleftherios Iakovou

Director
Manufacturing and Logistics Innovation Initiatives
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)

Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
Texas A&M University

Dr. Eleftherios “Lefteris” Iakovou is the Director of Manufacturing and Logistics Innovation Initiatives at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES); the Associate Director of Supply Chain Management and Applied Operations Research at the Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology; and a Professor and a Holder of a TEES Research Professorship at the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M. He further has a Courtesy Appointment as a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Mosbacher Institute of Trade, Economics and Public Policy and the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M where he serves as Co-Director of a new Global Value Chains program. He further serves as the Supply Chain Lead for the Texas A&M Emergency Management Advisory Group (TEMAG) established at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Iakovou received a five-year Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University, Greece and his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His research areas include: Supply Chain Management, Applied Operations Research, Inventory Management, Intermodal & Maritime Logistics, Green Logistics & Sustainable Supply Chains, Port Management, Global Logistics & Trade Facilitation, Manufacturing & Production Systems, and Humanitarian Logistics. He has published more than 235 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, as well as two (2) books and three (3) textbooks. He has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. students and 19 Post-Docs. He is the Associate Editor for the Americas for the Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL) journal, and an Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalization (IJLEG).
Dr. Iakovou has entrepreneurially developed winning teams, initiatives and consortia with corporations and governmental agencies alike, in the U.S., Greece and throughout the European Union. He can move easily across professional fields and academic disciplines having in-depth experience in engineering, management, logistics and operations. He has served as the PI or Co-PI for roughly 60 interdisciplinary research grants from federal, private, and industrial funding agencies and has consulted extensively for a number of governmental and corporate organizations (including Fortune 500 companies) both in the U.S. and the EU (including the European Commission), for more than two decades. He has contributed in 100+ events as a keynote and/or invited speaker, and has organized and/or chaired 45 Workshops, and national and international Conferences, often involving heads of state, ministers, ambassadors, and other dignitaries.
Prior to joining Texas A&M in 2015, Dr. Iakovou served for 8 years as the Chair of the Department of Industrial Management of the MEN School and then as the Chair of the School of Mechanical Engineering, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He guided the School in attaining the #1 ranking in Greece. He also served as the President of the Board of Directors and later also as the CEO of the Alexandrian Innovation Zone S.A. He developed the strategy and the business plan for the public entity and contributed to national policy-making by drafting legislation and presenting to the R&D Committee of the Greek Parliament. He served for 10+ years as the President of the Greek Association of Supply Chain Management and advised the government of Greece for establishing logistics as a national growth sector.
Dr. Iakovou joined TEES with the mandate of developing nation-wide interdisciplinary initiatives and consortia. He has assisted the Deputy Director of TEES in developing the strategy and the execution plan for capitalizing on advanced manufacturing opportunities related to the Manufacturing USA Program. Today TEES participates in 6 Manufacturing USA Institutes and is nationally recognized for its leading role in advanced manufacturing. He further led the contribution of College of Engineering to the winning proposal of TAMUS for the DHS “Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense” Center of Excellence ($40M+). He is co-leading two national initiatives for TEES (one with DOE and another with NSF). The +50M NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) that he leads on Resilient Food Supply Chains, has been shortlisted and the site process by NSF has been completed (Dec 2019).