Benoit Montreuil joined the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering this January. Montreuil holds the Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair and will be leading Georgia Tech's initiatives to develop the cutting edge knowledge required to design and operate the globally emerging "physical Internet."
Montreuil is a professional industrial engineer and graduated in 1978 from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He earned a master’s and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from ISyE, in 1980 and 1982 respectively. After serving on the industrial engineering faculty of UQTR and Purdue University, he was a Professor of operations and decisions systems in the faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada since 1988.
His main research interests lie in developing concepts, methodologies and technologies for creating, optimizing, transforming and enabling businesses and value creation networks to thrive in a fast evolving world. He stands at the crossroads of industrial and systems engineering, operations research, computer science and operations, logistics, supply chain, strategic management. His research builds mostly on a synthesis of optimization modeling & mathematical programming, discrete & agent-based simulation modeling, systems science & design theory. Montreuil has extensive advisory, entrepreneurial and collaborative research experience with industry.
Montreuil holds the Canada Research Chair in Enterprise Engineering. He is a founding member of the CIRRELT Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation. He is also the immediate past president of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education.
Through 30 years of research, in collaboration with students and colleagues, Montreuil has introduced an imposing set of paradigm-challenging leading-edge contributions such as virtual cellular manufacturing systems, fractal and holographic factory organization, industrial microcosm, symbiotic manufacturing networks (now known as virtual supply chains), network enterprises, responsibility networks, NetMan networked collaborative operating system, personalizing business networks, holistic simulation, tetrahedral business design framework, supply webs, the human web and the physical internet.