Area of Interest
Gabriel Lodewijks areas of interest are logistics and transport engineering in the aviation cluster. He works on problems associated with the optimization of maintenance, repair and overhaul processes, automation of air cargo handling systems, improvement of the quality of the flower supply chain handled through air cargo, tracking and tracing of equipment, components and people at airports and in aviation related companies, optimization of gate processes and baggage handling procedures to reduce the turn around time of aircraft, maintaining safety and security in airport logistic processes, and the improvement of passenger experience by streamlining airport logistics.
After completing a PhD research project on dynamics of belt systems, such as moving side walks and escalators, Professor Lodewijks moved to the USA where he worked for a small engineering company as engineer special projects specializing in large scale transport systems. In 1999 he moved back to the Netherlands and was appointed professor of transport engineering and logistics at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in 2000. In 2003 he was appointed head of the department of marine and transport technology and later deputy dean of the faculty of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Technology Officer of the Schiphol group, a company that operates airports around the world. In 2008 professor Lodewijks was appointed scientific director of the Delft Centre of Aviation. Besides being active at TU Delft, he works as visiting/guest/chair professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Wuhan University of Technology, Beijing University of Science and Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, all in China, and Newcastle University, Australia.