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Aruna Apte
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-7583
Email: auapte (at)
MA - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA,
PhD - Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX,
Operations Research
  • 6/2012-Present, Tenured Associate Professor of Operations and Logistics Management
  • 6/2005-5/2012, Assistant Professor of Operations and Logistics Management
  • Invited to join Humanitarian Assistance Research Thoughtleaders (HART), a relatively small group of top researchers in this field in defining the research agenda (setting priorities), engaging in exchanges and complementary research projects, and developing easily accessible pedagogical materials.
  • Invited to join the INFORMS Speaker Program that facilitates access to excellent speakers who are experts in some aspect of operations research and the management sciences.
  • Invited to join Senior Leaders Seminar by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, organized by San Francisco Fleet Week Association's Board of Directors. This seminar provides an opportunity for all levels of government and the private sector to engage with and discuss the role of Armed Forces in the San Francisco Bay Area in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.
  • Invited to serve on an ad hoc workgroup led by members of Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to review the current process used by the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).
  • Founding President and President, College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management, Production and Operations Management (POM) Society, 2010 -2013
  • 1999 - 2005 Lecturer, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
  • 2000 - 2002 Consultant, MCI/WorldCom Corporation
  • Fall 1998 Visiting Professor, Helsinki School of Economics and Business, Helsinki, Finland
  • Mathematical Modeling, Operations Management, Humanitarian Logistics
  • Developing mathematical models and algorithms for complex real world operational problems, specifically in Humanitarian Logistics
  • Military Logistics
  • Sabbatical for AY 2016, spent first quarter at Humanitarian Response Lab, Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston exploring synergy for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief among Lincoln Labs, USMC and USAID. Spent later part of the year at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland, understanding the non-government organizations and their capabilities for developing a broader picture of supply/demand of the response supply chains.
  • Excellence in Research Award for Defense-focused research, 2015, GSBPP
  • Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award, 2015, NPS. A university-wide teaching award for excellence in three criteria: outstanding teaching, excellence in thesis supervision, and strength of contribution to NPS students beyond the classroom.
  • Nominated as one of the selected papers for the Best Paper Award, 2013, Application of Theory, IDSI-APDSI Best Paper, "Planning Disaster Relief Logistics for an Island Earthquake"
  • Second Place Best paper Award, 2012, Defense Acquisition Review Journal for paper titled "Managing Lifecycle Information of Aircraft Engine Components"
  • First-place winner (professional category), 2010, W. Gregor Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program, National Contract Management Association (NCMA) for the paper titled, "Contracting for the Services in the U.S. Army: Empirical Study of the Current Management Practices"
  • Liskin Faculty Award, 2009, GSBPP, which is selected by the students in the graduating class and awarded to the faculty member who demonstrated the greatest dedication to the learning and intellectual growth of students and through that dedication had the greatest impact on the individual students and the class as a whole.
  • Selected for Young Researchers Roundtable, 2007, by INFORMS (Institute of Operations Research and Management Science Society) for the Conference in OR Practice, Vancouver
  • Selected as Emerging Scholar, 2007, by POMS (Production and Operations Management Society) at the Annual Conference, Dallas
  • Selected for the Inaugural class of 'AgKnowledge' with Scholarship, 2007, by Organization offering Educational Programs in Agribusiness to community leaders, policy makers, media and business executives, Monterey County
  • Outstanding Teaching in the BBA Program, 2005, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, SMU
  • Gold Medal in Mathematics, Secondary School Certificate Examination, Mumbai, India.
  • Apte, A. and Yoho, K., "Resource Utilization for Humanitarian Operations: A Case for United States Navy", Journal of Humanitaran Logistics and Supply Chain Management, accepted May 2018.
  • Landale, K., Apte, A., Rendon, R., and Salmeron, J., "Using Analytics to Inform Category Management & Strategic Sourcing", Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, Published December 2017.
  • Apte, A. and Yoho, K., "Reacting to Crisis: The Costs of First Response by the United States Navy", Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 14, Issue 1, June 2017.
  • MacKenzie, C. and Apte, A., "Modeling Disruption in a Fresh Produce Supply Chain", International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 28 Issue: 2, 2017, pp.656-679.
  • Simon, J., Apte, A. and Regnier, E., "An Application of the Multiple Knapsack Problem: The Self-Sufficient Marine", European Journal of Operational Research , 256(3), 2017, pp. 868?876.
  • Apte, A., Goncalves, P. and Yoho, K., "Capabilities and Competencies in Humanitarian Operations", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 6(2), 2016, pp. 240 -258 (top 5 downloaded papers from those published in 2016 in JHLSCM).
  • Apte, A., Khawam, J., Regnier, E. and Simon, J., "Complexity and Self-Sustainment in Disaster Response Supply Chains", Decision Sciences, 47(6), 2016, pp. 998?1015.
  • Apte, A., Heidtke, C. and Salmeron, J., "Casualty Collection Points Optimization: A Study for the District of Columbia", Interfaces 45(2), 2015, pp. 149-165.
  • Apte, A., Heath, S., Pico, A. and Tan, R., "Evacuating Mobility-Challenged People in a Short-Notice Disaster", Decision Sciences, 46(4), 2015, pp. 731-754.
  • Yoho, K. and Apte, A., "Strategies for Logistics in Case of a Natural Disaster", International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, 20(4), 2014, pp. 101-119.
  • Keywords: Humanitarian Logistics, Mathematical Programming, Operations Research and Management

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