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“Every user of a capital good wishes to have a high system availability and a low Total Cost of Ownership. My research is about innovations leading to a higher system availability against a lower TCO.”

Research profile

Geert-Jan van Houtum has been a Full Professor and chair of Maintenance, Reliability, and Quality at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 2008. Since September 2017, he is also vice-dean IE of the Department IE &IS. His areas of expertise include maintenance optimization, spare parts inventory control, inventory theory in general, and operations research.

Geert-Jan carries out research on the maintenance and reliability of capital goods. In particular, his focus is on design and control of spare parts networks, predictive maintenance concepts, and product design choices that have a strong effect on system availability and TCO. In this research, also the value of remote monitoring data and other degradation data is investigated. Much of this research is carried out in cooperation with the industry, working with companies such as ASML, Dutch Railways, Philips, Océ, Marel, the Royal Dutch Airforce and Navy, and Vanderlande.

Academic background

Geert-Jan obtained his MSc and PhD in Applied Mathematics from TU/e, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. After that, he held positions as assistant/associate professor at Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente and at Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, and he was visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University in 2001. In 2008, he was appointed as full professor. Geert-Jan has more than 80 publications in international refereed journals such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IISE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, OR Spectrum, and International Journal of Production Economics. With Bram Kranenburg, he authored ‘Spare Parts Inventory Control under System Availability Constraints’.

In addition, Geert-Jan is associate editor of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and the Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal. Further, he is a board member of the Service Logistics Forum. He was the scientific director of research school Beta from 2008-2017.

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Research Output 1990 2019

Maintenance service logistics

Arts, J. J., Basten, R. J. I. & van Houtum, G. J. J. A. N., 2019, Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Zijm, H., Klumpp, M., Regattieri, A. & Heragu, S. (eds.). Amsterdam: Springer, p. 493-517 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Supply chains
Life cycle
Spare Parts
Dynamic programming
Operating costs
Optimal Policy

System focused spare parts management for capital goods

van Wingerden, E., 24 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

A two-echelon spare parts network with lateral and emergency shipments: a product-form approximation

Boucherie, R. J., van Houtum, G. J. J. A. N., Timmer, J. B. & Ommeren, van, J. C. W., 1 Oct 2018, In : Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences. 32, 4, p. 536-555 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Spare Parts
Product Form

Configuration management and spare parts planning at ASML

Stip, J., 20 Sep 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Research output: ThesisPd Eng ThesisOther research output


ISIR Fellow

Geert-Jan van Houtum (Recipient), 24 Aug 2018

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific


Activities 1999 2017

  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 2 Membership of board
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Cornell University

van Houtum, G. (Visiting researcher)
14 Nov 201718 Nov 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Texas A and M University

van Houtum, G. (Visiting researcher)
20 Oct 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Lisa M. Maillart

van Houtum, G. (Host)
1 May 201731 Dec 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitorScientific

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (Journal)

van Houtum, G. (Editorial board member)
2013 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

OR Spektrum (Journal)

van Houtum, G. (Editorial board member)
2009 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Press / Media

RESEARCH: Inside IISE Journals

Geert-Jan van Houtum


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Article in news paper

Geert-Jan van Houtum & Tom van Woensel


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

Aanschaf van reservedelen: een vergelijk van vijf modellen binnen de Defensie Materieel Organisatie toegepast op single en multi-echelon praktijksituaties

Author: Mellegers, W., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Newby, M. (Supervisor 1) & van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Additive manufacturing as a solution for supply obsolescence

Author: Jansman, A., 31 May 2017

Supervisor: Basten, R. (Supervisor 1), Westerweel, B. (Supervisor 2) & van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A framework for implementing condition based maintenance based on operational data

Author: Stadhouders, H., 30 Apr 2011

Supervisor: van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 1), Tan, T. (Supervisor 2) & Elwany, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A framework proposal for harvesting service parts at Philips Health Tech

Author: Kodhelaj, I., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Chituc, C. (Supervisor 1), van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 2), Janssen, D. (External person) (External coach) & Beunders, E. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


An aggregate planning for preventive maintenance of bogies by NedTrain

Author: Vernooij, K., 31 Jul 2011

Supervisor: Flapper, S. (Supervisor 1), van Houtum, G. (Supervisor 2) & Arts, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master