Fiete Krutein

Profile: Fiete Krutein

I was born and raised at the sea in the city of Kiel in northern Germany. Therefore, my favorite food are traditional seafood dishes that are unique to my home region and that are unfortunately hard to get in the Pacific Northwest, but smoked salmon is providing a good alternative.

I have always been fascinated by mobility and the organization of people and goods movement and how to make mobility more accessible to everyone and less impactful on the environment. As a consequence I pursued experience with vehicle manufacturers and also there worked on the organization and management of complex processes in logistics and supply chain management. What is probably most appealing to me about the discipline are the intersection with many other disciplines, which gives me many opportunities to learn. I am interested in finding ways on how to decrease the environmental impact of logistics as emissions and congestion severely threaten our environment and our own quality of life and to find new ways of how to organize this need. I see great leverage potential for optimization in these fields through the use of autonomous systems and data-driven decision making.

Research Assistant, Urban Freight Lab
Lab Manager, Urban Freight Lab
Ph.D. Student, Industrial Engineering
kfkru@uw.edu
Office: 
Wilson Ceramics Lab 111

Bio

Fiete Krutein holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the FH Nordakademie - University of Applied Sciences in Germany and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial & Systems Engineering and working on logistics research in the Urban Freight Lab. 

Before pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Washington, Fiete worked as an Improvement Manager for supply chain processes at the European aerospace manufacturer Airbus, with whom he previously also completed a co-op during his undergraduate studies. He furthermore gained experience in the supply chain function of Tesla. He is interested in developing efficient logistic processes and investigating the potential of autonomous systems and large scale optimization approaches to make logistic systems more predictable and environmentally sustainable. 

Awards

Fiete was awarded fellowships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Foundation of German Business (SDW).

Questions and Answers

What is your hometown and favorite food?

I was born and raised at the sea in the city of Kiel in northern Germany. Therefore, my favorite food are traditional seafood dishes that are unique to my home region and that are unfortunately hard to get in the Pacific Northwest, but smoked salmon is providing a good alternative.

What inspired you to pursue a career in supply chain transportation and logistics?

I have always been fascinated by mobility and the organization of people and goods movement and how to make mobility more accessible to everyone and less impactful on the environment. As a consequence I pursued experience with vehicle manufacturers and also there worked on the organization and management of complex processes in logistics and supply chain management. What is probably most appealing to me about the discipline are the intersection with many other disciplines, which gives me many opportunities to learn. I am interested in finding ways on how to decrease the environmental impact of logistics as emissions and congestion severely threaten our environment and our own quality of life and to find new ways of how to organize this need. I see great leverage potential for optimization in these fields through the use of autonomous systems and data-driven decision making.

What research projects are you working on?

I am working on two research projects:

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