A professor uses geometry to solve the toughest logistical problems

The U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Boeing Company have sought John Gunnar Carlsson's distinct approach.
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John Gunnar Carlsson uses geometry to solve complex vehicle routing challenges.Asia-Pacific Images Studio/iStock

Associate Professor John Gunnar Carlsson recalls being an impatient child.

"I hated waiting in line for things. And that influenced the kind of work I do now," he told IE in a video interview.

Carlsson's work entirely focuses on making logistics processes, like routing vehicles or using drones to deliver packages more efficiently. "That impatience and the need to get things done quickly and efficiently is a big part of how I make decisions in my life and what I like to work on," he says.

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