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Amir Gharehgozli

Assistant Professor
Department of Maritime Administration

“An ounce of information is worth a pound of data.
An ounce of knowledge is worth a pound of information.
An ounce of understanding is worth a pound of knowledge.”

- Russell Ackoff

Get To Know Amir Gharehgozli

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I studied industrial engineering to learn about Logistics, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Information Systems. The application of Management and Decision Sciences in in these fields of study has a significant impact on our societies and industries, and contributes enormously to the academic literature.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

As an educator, I feel the urge to share what I learn and experience in my life, by living in several countries in Asia, Europe, Americas, studying and teaching in different universities, and exchanging ideas and schools of thought with many people with diverse ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and prepare my students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

One of my greatest passion is exploring the world. I believe that going and seeing the world by my own eyes not only makes me a well-rounded person but also helps me to enhance my professional life as an educator as well as a researcher.

Ph.D. Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, 2012
Industrial Engineering, University of Tehran, 2008
B.S. Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2005
Courses Taught

MARA 450: Maritime Supply Chain Management

MARA 640: Global Logistics

MARA 650: Supply Chain Management

MARA 664: Production, Operations, and Logistics Management​

MARA 670: Coastal and Inland Waterways Transportation – Policy, Strategy and Management

MARA 685: Directed Studies


Zaerpour, N., R. Volbeda, A. H. Gharehgozli. 2018. A Decision Support System to Compare Crane-based Automated Storage Systems and Manual Storage Systems: Do Throughput and Storage Capacity Matter? Information Systems and Operational Research. Forthcoming.

Gharehgozli A. H., N. Zaerpour. 2018. Stacking Outbound Barge Containers in an Automated Deep-Sea Terminal. European Journal of Operational Research. Forthcoming.

Mileski, J., A. H. Gharehgozli, L. Ghoram, C. Thornton. 2017. Cooperation in Developing a Disaster Prevention and Response Plan for Arctic Shipping. Marine Policy. Forthcoming.

Galvao, C., A. H. Gharehgozli, J. Mileski. 2018. Being Left at the Altar: A Content Analysis of the Ports of Houston and Galveston Merger Case that Never Happened. Research in Transportation Business & Management. Forthcoming

Gharehgozli, A. H., F. G. Vernooij, N. Zaerpour. 2017. A Simulation Study of the Performance of Twin Automated Stacking Cranes at a Seaport Container Terminal. European Journal of Operational Research. 261(1): 108–128.

Gharehgozli, A. H., Y. Yu, X. Zhang, R. de Koster. 2017. Polynomial Time algorithms to Minimize Total Travel Time in a Two-Depot AS/RS. Transportation Science. 55(1): 19–33.

Gharehgozli, A. H., R. de Koster, R. Jansen. 2017. Collaborative Solutions for Inter Terminal Transport. International Journal of Production Research. 55(21): 6527–6546.

Gharehgozli, A. H., E. Iakovou, Y Chang, R. Swaney. 2017. Trends in Global E-Food Supply Chain and Implications for Transport: Literature Review and Research Directions. Research in Transportation Business & Management. 25: 2–14.

Gharehgozli, A. H., J. Mileski, A. Adams, W. von Zharen. 2017. Evaluating a “Wicked Problem”: A Conceptual Framework on Seaport Resiliency in the Event of Weather Disruptions. Technological Forecasting & Social Change. 121: 65–75.

Gharehgozli, A. H., J. Mileski, O. Duru. 2017. Heuristic Estimation of Container Stacking and Reshuffling Operations under the Containership Delay Factor and Mega-Ship Challenge. Maritime Policy and Management. 44(3): 373-391 


October 22-25, 2017: Gharehgozli, A. H. 2017. Evaluating a Wicked Problem: A Conceptual Framework on Seaport Resiliency. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas. 

October 22-25, 2017: Gharehgozli, A. H. 2017. Developing Reshuffling Free Container Stacking Operations. INFORMS Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas. 

June 2017: Gharehgozli, A. H. , O. Duru, E. Bulut. 2017. Freight Rate Forecasting Using the Rolling Window Testing Procedure. IAME 2017, Proceedings, Kyoto, Japan. 

November 13-16, 2016: Gharehgozli, A. H. Stacking Containers In An Automated Terminal, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee. 

October 6-9, 2013: Gharehgozli, A. H., L. Kroon, R. de Koster. Integrated Scheduling Optimization of Multiple Straddle Carriers and a Gantry Crane Loading and Unloading Trains at a Deep-sea Terminal, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Oct 6–9, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

October 14-17, 2012: Gharehgozli, A. H., Y. Yu, R. de Koster. Stacking Area Operations: Mathematical Models and Insights, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

June 25-28, 2012: International Material Handling Research Colloquium (IMHRC), Gardanne, France.

Julu 2-4, 2012: P&OM World Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Grants and Fellowships

2017: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada’s funding agency, $5000. Principle Investigator in the “Green Shipping: Governance and Innovation of a sustainable Maritime Supply Chain” project, a partnership between Texas A&M University and University of British Columbia.

2017: Expenditures under Texas Comprehensive Research Fund (TCRF), $5000. Principle Investigator in the “Studying the factors Impacting Ship Safety” project.

2017: Annual Shell Maritime Leadership Award, $2500. My graduate student, Thompson Ware, and his team won the award and had the best approach toward the case, stemmed from a real scenario, by Shell Oil.

2017: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Houston Roundtable Award, $100. My graduate student, Thompson Ware, won the second place award in the CSCMP Houston Roundtable student competition.

2017: Mooney Travel Grant, $750, awarded to, my graduate student, Thampson Ware to attend IAME 2017 in Kyoto, Japan to present his paper entitled “Does the Size Matter? The Optimization of Data Interval Sizes to Forecast Future Freight Rates”

2016: Annual Shell Maritime Leadership Award, $2500. My graduate student, Alyssa Adams, and her team won the award and had the best approach toward the case, stemmed from a real scenario, by Shell Oil.

2014: Nominated for the for PhD Prize Young Erasmus

2014: Erasmus Smart Port Rotterdam Thesis Award, Rick Jansen, SCM graduate of September 2013, won the award for a thesis titled “Determining the cost savings for the participants in a joint inter terminal transport system at the Port of Rotterdam”, supervised by me and Prof.dr. Rene de Koster. ´

2010: Dinalog, Breda, Netherlands, e2.28 million. Investigator in the “Efficient Multimodal Hinterland Networks (ULTIMATE)’ project.

2007: Selected as a short-listed paper for Outstanding Paper Award, R Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, M Rabbani, AH Gharehgozli, N Zaerpour, A Fuzzy Aggregate Production Planning Model for Make-to-Stock Environments, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Singapore, December 2–5.

2007: Best awarded paper, AH Gharehgozli, R Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, N Zaerpour, A Fuzzy Mixed Integer Goal Programming Model for a Parallel Machine Scheduling Problem with Sequence Dependent Setup Times and Release Dates, 5th International Conference of Industrial Engineering, Tehran, Iran, July 11–12.

2005: Ranked 1st out of 20 students as a M.Sc. student at Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran.

2005: Ranked 42nd among more than 2000 applicants in the countrywide entrance exam of Master Program in the field of Industrial Engineering.

2002: Ranked 1st and awarded as the best entrepreneur team out of 20 teams in “water lily festival”, Sharif Entrepreneurship Center, MBA School, February.

2001: Ranked 727th out of 370,000 students in the B.Sc. undergraduate national entrance exam 

Current Graduate Students
Ryan Swaney

Contact Info

Amir Gharehgozli
Assistant Professor
Department of Maritime Administration
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4854
Fax: +1 (409) 741.4014

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 228