Prof Dr Mario Vanhoucke
Professor of Business Management and Operations Research at Ghent University (Belgium), Vlerick Business School (Belgium, Russia, China) and University College London (UK)
Prof Dr Mario Vanhoucke is a Professor of Business Management and Operations Research at Ghent University (Belgium), Vlerick Business School (Belgium, Russia, China) and University College London (UK). He has a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in Commercial Engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium). At Ghent University, he is the program director of the Commercial Engineering program where he teaches "Project Management" and "Applied Operations Research". At Vlerick Business school, he teaches "Decision Making for Business" and "Business Statistics" to Master students including MBAs.
His main research interest lies in the integration of project scheduling, risk management and project control using “combinatorial optimization models”. He is an advisor for several PhD projects, has published papers in more than 40 international journals and is the author of two project management books published by Springer. He is a regular speaker on international conferences (EURO, INFORMS) as an invited speaker or chairman. He is also a regular reviewer of articles submitted for publication in international academic journals.
Prof Dr Vanhoucke is a founding member and Director of the EVM Europe Association. He is also a partner at the company OR-AS (www.or-as.be) which released a third version of its project management software tool ProTrack 3.0 (www.protrack.be). ProTrack is an advanced scheduling product which focuses on the integration of scheduling, risk, control management and online learning through a PM Knowledge Center (www.pmknowledgecenter.com).
The project management research undertaken by Prof Dr Vanhoucke has received multiple awards including the 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Research Award for his research project “Measuring Time (using EVM data) ‑ A Project Performance Simulation Study” which was received at the IPMA world congress held in Rome, Italy. He also received the “Notable Contributions to Management Accounting Literature Award” awarded by the American Accounting Association at their 2010 conference in Denver, Colorado.
In 2012, he has obtained a Concerted Research Actions (CRA) funding of more than € 1 million from the Belgian Government for an integrated project management research study. The study will be carried out over the next six years in collaboration with Ghent University, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) located in Geneva, Switzerland, the University College of London (UK), George Washington University (USA) and the EVM Europe Association.