Sandra van Wijk is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at American University of Sharjah (Sharjah, UAE), in the Department of Marketing and Information Systems of the School of Business Administration. She is teaching courses on operations management, supply chain management, logistics, and managerial statistics, both in the undergraduate program as well as in the MBA program.

Her research interests focus on sustainable operations and closed-loop supply chains. She is interested in stochastic operations research, supply chain and inventory management, sustainable operations, and performance analysis of stochastic systems. For her research, (working) papers, and presentations, please visit:

Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), in the Operations Management area of the Desautels Faculty of Management, at Qatar University (Doha, Qatar), in the college of Engineering, department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and at the Hamilton Institute (Maynooth, Ireland), which is part of the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

She received her PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology (2012), under supervision of Ivo Adan and Geert-Jan van Houtum, on the thesis “Pooling and Polling” (pdf). Her research was a joint project of the Mathematics department (Stochastic Operational Research group) and the School of Industrial Engeneering (Operations, Planning, Accounting, and Control group). Furthermore, she worked at research institute EURANDOM (Queueing and Performance Analysis track).

She worked on the project “Creation of Pooling in Inventory and Queueing Models”, in which she mainly investigated lateral transshipments in spare parts inventory models. Also, she studied the pooling of servers in queueing models. Next to this, she worked on polling models, which are queueing models where multiple queues are served by a single server.

In 2012, she received a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds grant, with which she visited the Computer Science department of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) for three months, where she worked with Mor Harchol-Balter and Alan Scheller-Wolf.

Sandra graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (MSc 2007, BSc 2006). Previously, she worked worked as mathematics teacher for high school students, as teaching assistant at the university, and conducted internships in the Stochastic Operational Research group of the Eindhoven University of Technology and at Philips Research Eindhoven.

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