Andreas Balster

Research Associate

Andreas Balster joined Kühne Logistics University in August 2016 as a Research Associate in the fields of Freight Transportation Modelling and Computer Science in Logistics. He currently works on the SMECS Project (SMart Event foreCast for Seaports), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The aim of the SMECS research project is to design transport networks in such a way that reactions to disruptions can be designed proactively across all stakeholders. The project focus is on the regulation of multimodal transport networks at seaports so that existing capacities can be utilized in a resource-efficient manner.

He studied Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with focus on production technology, logistics, applied computer sciences, and finance. In his diploma thesis, which he wrote as part of the BMBF-project (Planning and optimisation of agile global production networks) at Schott AG, he developed an evaluation system for agile global production networks.

Before joining KLU, he worked as a research associate at TU Darmstadt. There he played a leading role in the BMBF-project SEAK (Decision support for food supply shortfalls), where he developed a dynamic commodity flow model for the German food supply system. He also organised the 1st International Conference on Production, Logistics, and Traffic. Invited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be Guest Researcher in 2016, he applied his knowledge of modelling food supply systems to identify outbreak origins. He still is PhD candidate at TU Darmstadt.


Tel: +49 40 328707-303
Fax: +49 40 328707-109



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Academic Positions

since 2016Research Associate SMECS Project (SMart Event foreCast for Seaports) at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2016Guest Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2012 - 2016Research Associate at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2007 - 2008

Student Assistant at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Working Experience

2011Graduand at SCHOTT, Germany
2008 - 2011
Working Student at Majolika Manufaktur, Karlsruhe, Germany


since 2012PhD candidate Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Diploma in Industrial Engineering (Msc equivalent), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany