• Jarrod Goentzel
  • Director of Humanitarian Response Lab and Lecturer, MIT
    Visiting Faculty, NSCIIC
  • Phone:617-253-2053
  • Email:goentzel@mit.edu



Jarrod Goentzel is founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation sponsored by USAID. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology. Dr. Goentzel balances theoretical and applied work through active engagement with the private sector, government agencies, humanitarian, international development, and community organizations on several continents. He has over 20 years of experience designing supply chains and developing information technology solutions. Dr. Goentzel has created graduate-level courses in humanitarian logistics, international operations and supply chain finance, and has extensive experience using simulation games to build intuition and leadership skills.

Previously, Dr. Goentzel was Executive Director of the MIT Supply Chain Management Program, where he was responsible for design and management of the nine-month professional master’s degree program. He joined MIT in 2003 to establish the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, which developed novel education, research, and outreach programs with the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Spain.

Dr. Goentzel received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).


Research Interests

humanitarian logistics, supply chain finance, supply chain design


Teaching Interests

humanitarian logistics, international operations, supply chain finance, supply chain leadership


Selected Publications

Gralla, E., Goentzel, J., & Fine, C. H. (2016). Problem Formulation and Solution Mechanisms: A Behavioral Study of Humanitarian Transportation Planning. Production and Operations Management, 25(1), 22-35.
Gralla, E., Goentzel, J., & Fine, C. H. (2014). Assessing Trade‐offs among Multiple Objectives for Humanitarian Aid Delivery Using Expert Preferences. Production and Operations Management, 23(6), 978-989.