Mercator Endowed Chair of Demand Management & Sustainable Transport
Jan-Rasmus Künnen (born in 1993) joined the Mercator Endowed Chair of Demand Management & Sustainable Transport at WHU as an doctoral student and research assistant in May 2020. He holds a B.Sc. in International Business from Maastricht University and M.Sc. in Operations Research from the London School of Economics. His studies focused on applying quantitative methods (simulation, game theory, modeling) to transportation and logistics problems. The focus of his thesis was on modeling distance constraints in vehicle routing. After graduation, Jan-Rasmus Künnen worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, specializing in supply chain and operations transformations. During his two years, he worked on projects across industries in Europe, South Africa and Canada. His research interests lie in mathematical modeling, transportation optimization and machine learning.
After completing his doctoral studies at WHU, he re-joined McKinsey & Company for a short while before founding his own company WingLabs. WingLabs work closely with the Chair on a major project with Eurocontrol to further develop and implement research on air traffic management that was previously undertaken at the Chair.
Jan is one of two finalists for the Anna Valicek Award 2023 of AGIFORS (Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies) for innovative research in the domain of airline operations research.