Global crises test humanitarian supply chains

Professor Yuehwern Yih writes for the College of Engineering Medium blog.

Professor Yuehwern YihProfessor Yuehwern Yih writes for the Purdue College of Engineering blog on Medium

Yuehwern Yih, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Academic Director of LASER PULSE Consortium, has written a blog post for the Purdue College of Engineering blog on The post discusses research aimed at overcoming supply chain hurdles to advance humanitarian aid. 


The war in Ukraine, the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, flooding in Pakistan, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, drought conditions in South Sudan and Somalia, and civil unrest in Myanmar are merely a few of the current or recent global crises requiring humanitarian aid. And it’s not only a question of securing the funding and goods to provide that relief; even when there is a great supply of donations, there always are vexing challenges in developing the right supply chain to deliver crucial goods and services to the people who need them.

We recently convened a panel, hosted by LASER PULSE (a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development to create research-driven solutions for developing countries) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), to focus on a variety of disruptive innovations in humanitarian supply chains that are aimed at overcoming these hurdles.

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To read the full blog post, a 5 minute read, please visit the Purdue College of Engineering Blog on Medium.