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Willem van Jaarsveld is tenure-track Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), in the OPAC group. His main research interest is stochastic optimization, with applications in diverse areas including inventory control, supply chain management and maintenance logistics. He is also interested in spare parts demand forecasting in particular, and the use of data for decision making in general. Apart from working towards scientific impact, he aims to make an impact in practice by working closely with several companies to facilitate the implementation of the methods he develops in practice. His research on optimization of spare parts inventories has been applied at various companies, including Fokker Services and Shell Global solutions. 

Academic background

Willem van Jaarsveld received MScs in Physics and in Econometrics and a PhD in Operations Research from Rotterdam Erasmus University in 2013. He spent a year of his PhD candidacy at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, we worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Economics, prior to joining the OPAC group in 2015.

Affiliated with


Partners in (semi-)industry

NS Maintenance

Fokker Services

Philips Healthcare





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Research Output

  • 209 Citations
  • 18 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Other contribution
  • 1 Working paper

Optimization of industrial-scale assemble-to-order systems

van Jaarsveld, W. & Scheller-Wolf, A., 1 Jun 2015, In : INFORMS Journal on Computing. 27, 3, p. 544-560 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Improving spare parts inventory control at a repair shop

    van Jaarsveld, W., Dollevoet, T. & Dekker, R., 1 Dec 2015, In : Omega : The International Journal of Management Science. 57, B, p. 217-229 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 21 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)

    A two-step method for forecasting spare parts demand using information on component repairs

    Romeijnders, W., Teunter, R. & van Jaarsveld, W., 16 Jul 2012, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 220, 2, p. 386-393 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 56 Citations (Scopus)

    Spare parts stock control for redundant systems using reliability centered maintenance data

    van Jaarsveld, W. & Dekker, R., Nov 2011, In : Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 96, 11, p. 1576-1586 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 40 Citations (Scopus)
  • Courses

    Research Methods

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    Student theses

    A data-driven decision support model for planned maintenance reduction in healthcare

    Author: van Lohuizen, T., 30 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Akcay, A. (Supervisor 1) & van Jaarsveld, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A data driven inventory decision model for the early life cycle of product offerings in an e-tail environment

    Author: van Bussel, J., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Akçay, A. (Supervisor 1), Mutlu, N. (Supervisor 2) & van Jaarsveld, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A generic similarity metric for activity sequences: with an application in Truck Routing Schedule search

    Author: de Vries, M., 29 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Dijkman, R. (Supervisor 1) & van Jaarsveld, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Buyer and vendor managed inventory optimization in configure-to-order systems: a case study at Philips HealthTech

    Author: van den Bogaert, J., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: van Jaarsveld, W. (Supervisor 1) & de Kok, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Collaborative planning in a high-tech industry with a make-to-forecast environment

    Author: Bogers, R., 21 Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Smirnov, D. (Supervisor 1), de Kok, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Jaarsveld, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master