Goentzel attended Tabor with support from a Presi?dential Scholarship; he graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics.
?Tabor faculty members inspired me to go deep in my field of mathematics, including a semester of study in Budapest, and challenged me in various subjects across the liberal arts curriculum,? Goentzel said. ?It was a solid foundation for interdisciplinary research, which is so critical in humanitarian applications.?
Goentzel is the founder and director of Massachu?setts Institute of Techno?logy Humanitarian Response Lab and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initia?tive on Technology Evalua?tion sponsored by United States Agency for Inter?national Development.
His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology.
Since 2004, Goentzel has worked with humanitarian and international development organizations such as World Food Programme, United Nations Children?s Fund or UNICEF, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee, Partners In Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA and the Red Cross.
Tabor College President Jules Glanzer said he asked Goentzel to be the commencement speaker to send the students out with words from a successful graduate.
?Dr. Goentzel is a model of where a Tabor education can lead,? Glanzer said. ?Managing a lab at MIT is a significant accomplishment. He is an example from whom our graduates can learn. His work brings together the practical and theoretical in ways that help benefit humanity.?
As a professor, Goentzel has developed graduate-level courses in supply chain finance, international operations and humanitarian logistics and has extensive experience using simulation games to develop intuition and leadership skills. He has supervised more than 40 theses and published articles in academic journals and trade publications.
He speaks regularly at both academic and industry conferences and has organized numerous events that mix these audiences.
Goentzel also has extensive industry experience, leading supply chain consulting and product development teams in start-up ventures and large enterprise software companies.
After graduating from Tabor, Goentzel earned his master?s in applied mathematics from Colorado State University and his doctorate from the School of Indus?trial and Systems Engineer?ing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
?I am fortunate to have found a profession ?research and teaching about humanitarian operations?that aligns with my passion and faith,? Goentzel said. ?I am excited to spend the day with the Tabor graduates and hear about the journeys they are planning.?