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Inaugural ISE Distinguished Industry Lecture: Timothy Jacobs, Director of Research Science for Amazon

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In 2021, Amazon shipped 7.7 billion packages worldwide— 21 million every day, 880,000 every hour, nearly 15,000 every minute. How does Amazon manage this colossal operation?

Industrial Engineering moves the world

Join us for an insightful lecture featuring Tim Jacobs, Ph.D., P.E., a renowned expert in logistics and transportation, and Director of Research Science and Middle Mile Planning Research and Optimization Science for Amazon. Hosted by the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) with an introduction by Interim Chair and Professor Cynthia Chen, this event launches a captivating series of distinguished guest lectures, revealing the groundbreaking and unexpected ways ISE transcends the classroom and progressively shapes numerous aspects of our contemporary lives.

Not just for engineering students: this series strives to translate the field of ISE in accessible, exciting and relevant examples for the entire UW community.

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"The lecture will explore Operational Research and Analytics at Amazon"

  • Date: Tuesday, May 2

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

  • Location: Husky Union Building 337**

  • RSVP*

*While RSVP is not required to attend, it does help us prepare.

UPDATE: This event will also be available via Zoom. Please register for the Zoom link HERE by 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 2.

Abstract: Amazon’s middle mile ground and air transportation network represents one of the fastest growing logistics areas within Amazon. The unprecedented scale of the delivery operation challenges Amazon to design, build and operate a robust transportation network that minimizes the overall operational cost while meeting customer promises and providing a positive experience for Amazon employees. In his lecture, "Operational Research & Analytics at Amazon," Jacobs will provide an overview of the innovative and integrated approaches that enable Amazon to design and optimize the global middle mile transportation network at scale while efficiently aligning capacity and demand.

Bio: Tim Jacobs is the Director of Research Science and Middle Mile Planning Research and Optimization Science for Amazon. At Amazon, Tim’s teams oversee the research and development of mathematical optimization and machine learning applications and strategic initiatives for middle mile air and ground planning and logistics worldwide. Tim leads strategic development efforts including the modeling and analysis supporting the design and operation of Amazon’s air and surface networks and innovative applications to manage an integrated air, trucking, rail, and maritime transport business. Previously, Tim held several executive positions at American Airlines, US Airways and Sabre. Tim received his doctorate in Operations Research and Engineering Systems from Purdue University. He continues to pursue new research initiatives, has authored more than 35 refereed publications, holds multiple U.S. patents within the airline and supply chain industry and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.*

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*Please note: While RSVP is not required to attend, it does help us prepare.

**Location changed from HUB 334/340.

Originally published April 18, 2023