Johanna Amaya

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Assistant Professor in Supply Chain & Information Systems

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems

Phone Number 814-863-2484
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Johanna Amaya is Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management. Prior to joining Smeal, she served as Faculty at Iowa State University. She completed studies in Industrial Engineering, Business Logistics, and Transportation Engineering. Her research interests are disaster response logistics and sustainable urban freight transportation. She has several publications in such areas and has been part of diverse projects and panels. Dr. Amaya is part of the POMS College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management; member of the TRB Disaster Response, Emergency Evacuations, and Business Continuity Standing Committee, and of the Committee on Urban Freight.


- Disaster Response Logistics
- Urban Freight Systems
- Urban logistics
- Resilient Supply Chains


PhD in Transportation Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2016

M.Sc., Industrial and Systems Engineering, The University of Florida, 2009

Especialist in Business Logistics, Universidad del Norte, 2004

B.S., Industrial Engineering, Universidad del Norte, 2002

Courses Taught

SCM 497 – Special Topics (Variable)
Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.

SCM 404 – Dem Fulfil (3)
Analysis of demand fulfillment and the role of distribution operations management in the supply chain. SCM 404 Demand Fulfillment (3)This course introduces the student to how customer demand is managed and how subsequent orders are filled in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. Topics focus on the demand fulfillment process, which encompasses flows of goods, information, and funds from the moment a business receives an order from a customer until all requirements for the order are satisfied in full. These topics include: *role of demand management and distribution operations in the supply chain*transportation management*distribution center processes *inventory control and order management elements*facility costing and productivity analysis*strategic demand management and distribution operations issues in the supply chain.Both theoretical and quantitative perspectives will be offered on these topics. Additionally, each topic will be addressed from strategic and financial perspectives. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: *Explain the role of demand management in the supply chain*Explain the role of distribution operations in demand management*Determine the strategic and financial impacts of demand management and distribution operations management*Articulate the role of information systems in demand management and distribution operations management*Use quantitative techniques to analyze supply chain processes*Describe related system software. This is one of three prescribed foundation courses for the Supply Chain and Information Systems major for which SCM 301 Supply Chain Management is a prerequisite. This course also satisfies the prerequisite for SCM 421 Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis. Student evaluations are based on individual and group homework assignments and computer-lab exercises, as well as on at least three written examinations.

Selected Publications

Amaya J., Serrano I., Cantillo V., Arellana J., Perez C., "Implications of Trust, Preparedness, Risk Perceptions, and Local Context on Deprivation Costs and Disaster Relief Planning." Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, vol. 91, 2024,
Amaya J., Encarnacion T., Delgado M., "Understanding Delivery Drivers’ Parking Preferences in Urban Freight Operations." Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 176, 2023,
Cantillo V., Amaya J., Serrano I., Cantillo-Garcia V., Galvan J., "Influencing Factors of Trucking Companies Willingness to Shift to Alternative Fuel Vehicles." Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, vol. 163, 2022,
Fernandez Pernett S., Amaya J., Arellana J., Cantillo V., "Questioning the Utility-Maximization Assumption for Deprivation Cost Functions after Disasters: An Empirical Study of Colombia and Ecuador." International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 247, 2022,
Amaya J., Delgado M., Arellana J., Allen J., "Urban Freight Logistics: What do Citizens Perceive?." Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, vol. 152, 2021,
Holguin-Veras J., Amaya J., Sanchez-Diaz I., Browne M., Wojtowicz J., "State of the Art and Practice of Urban Freight Management Part I: Infrastructure, Vehicle-Related, and Traffic Operations." Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 137, 2020, pp. 360-382,
Holguin-Veras J., Amaya J., Sanchez-Diaz I., Browne M., Wojtowicz J., "State of the Art and Practice of Urban Freight Management Part II: Financial Approaches, Logistics, and Demand Management." Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 137, 2020, pp. 383-410,
Amaya J., Arellana J., Delgado M., "Stakeholders Perceptions to Sustainable Urban Freight Policies in Emerging Markets." Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 132, 2020, pp. 329-348,
Macea L., Amaya J., Cantillo V., Holguin-Veras J., "Evaluating Economic Impacts of Water Deprivation in Humanitarian Stated Choice Experiments." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 28, 2018, pp. 427-438,
Holguin-Veras J., Amaya J., Seruya B., "Urban Freight Policy Making: The Role of Qualitative and Quantitative Research." Transport Policy, vol. 56, 2017, pp. 75-85,
Holguin-Veras J., Amaya J., Cantillo, Van Wassenhove L., Aros-Vera, Jaller M., "Econometric estimation of deprivation cost functions: A contingent valuation experiment." Journal of Operations Management, vol. 45, 2016, pp. 44-56,
Cantillo V., Amaya J., Ortuzar J., "Thresholds and Indifference in Stated Choice Surveys." Transportation Research Part B: Methodology, vol. 44, no. 6, 2010, pp. 753-763,

Research Impact and Media Mentions

"Increase in e-commerce-related last-mile deliveries clog urban streets", Freight Waves, Internet,
"Después de un desastre: enviar ayuda a donde más se necesita", The Conversation, Internet,
"Sending Help where is Needed Most after Disasters. The Conversation.", The Conversation, Internet,
"From Bricks to Clicks: E-commerce is changing our neighborhoods.", Planning Magazine - American Planning Association, Journal or Magazine


Latin American Transport Studies, Editorial Board, (, April 2023 - Present
Journal of Operations Management, Editorial Board, (, January 2023 - Present
Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Co-Editor, (, April 2019 - November 2021