John Bartholdi is a Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he holds the Manhattan Associates/Dabbiere Chair.
He also serves as Co-Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Logistics Innovation and Research Center in Panama. Bartholdi’s research centers on problems of warehousing and distribution; but he also publishes on wider-ranging interests, including public transit, voting, geography, computer science, and biology.
He is co-author of the book Warehouse & Distribution Science and he is a founder of the Wine Supply Chain Council. Bartholdi graduated in 1968 with a
degree in mathematics from the University of Florida (Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors) and then served two deployments
during the Viet Nam War in Beach Jumper Unit One of Naval Special Warfare.
He returned to complete a Ph.D. in Operations Research, also at the University of Florida. In addition to his current position, he has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the Shanghai University for Science and Technology, and the National University of Singapore.
He was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, 1984–1989; and his work has also been supported by, among others, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, IBM, Pratt & Whitney, Ford Motor Company, Genuine Parts Co., The Home Depot, Manhattan Associates, and RPS.