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The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) is a dynamic solutions-oriented environment where students, faculty, and industry leaders pool their knowledge and experience to advance supply chain education and research.

Part of the MIT School of Engineering, MIT CTL:

  • Coordinates more than 100 supply chain research efforts across the MIT campus and around the world
  • Educates students and corporate leaders in the essential principles of supply chain management
  • Helps organizations increase productivity and decrease their economic and environmental impact

Launched in 1973, MIT CTL has changed the way the world works by innovating essential industries and services through supply chain management. Strategically positioned at the crossroads of technology and business, MIT CTL enables researchers to:

  • Transform the way urban planners and officials think about transportation systems
  • Set the foundation for current global practice in airline scheduling and flight operations
  • Develop more carbon-efficient supply chains to help organizations reduce their environmental footprint

MIT–CTL Supply Chain Management Programs:

Master's programs leading to a Master of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management OR a Master of Engineering in Supply Chain Management awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate, awarded by MIT Global SCALE Network

10-month residential program (SCMr) and 5-month blended program (SCMb, available to MicroMaster's Credential holders)

This center also offers:


Based in the MIT School of Engineering in Cambridge, USA, MIT CTL maintains extensive ties with other MIT schools.  CTL founded the MIT SCALE global network of affiliated research centers in Asia, Europe, and South America to grow insight on global supply chains and to support and strengthen our efforts at developing and disseminating supply chain expertise around the world.

MIT CTL is distinguished by a strong focus on solving real-world problems, deep domain expertise across geographies, and the resources of a world-leading research institute. More than 75 faculty members from multiple disciplines and an international network of researchers and students collaborate with some 50 corporate partners on MIT CTL’s cutting-edge research portfolio. 

CTL's active research lines and labs include:

Read more about CTL's research activities on the center's web site.

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Faculty & Researchers

Faculty photo: Jonathan Byrnes

Jonathan Byrnes

Senior Lecturer

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Chris Caplice

Senior Research Scientist, MIT
Silver Family Research Fellow
Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Director, MicroMasters Credential Program in Supply Chain Management
Founder & Director, MIT FreightLab

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Chris Cassa


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David Correll

Research Scientist

Jarrod Goentzel

Jarrod Goentzel

Director, MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab
Principal Research Scientist


Ilya Jackson

Postdoctoral Associate

Chris Mejía Argueta

Chris Mejía Argueta

Director, MIT SCALE Network - Latin America
Director, MIT Graduate Certificate in Logistics and SCM (GCLOG) program
Founder & Director, MIT Food and Retail Operations Lab

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Eva Ponce

Director, Online Education, MIT CTL
Director, MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management
Director, Omnichannel Supply Chain Lab

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Jim Rice

Deputy Director, Center for Transportation & Logistics
Director, Supply Chain Exchange Program

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Maria Jesús Saénz

Executive Director, MIT SCM Masters Programs
Director, MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation

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Yossi Sheffi

Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Director of the MIT Supply Chain Management Program
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
Professor, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT

Pamela Siska

Pamela Siska

Lecturer, Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Lecturer, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

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Josué C. Velázquez Martínez

Research Scientist, Lecturer
Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chain Lab
Director, MIT Low Income Firms Transformation (LIFT) Lab


Publications by center

Innovation Strategies: Upcycling can take sustainable supply chains beyond recycling

By Sirish Gouda, Sanjeev Swami and Debabrata Ghosh ·April 30, 2019

In 2018, British fashion luxury house, Burberry faced severe criticism when it burned approximately $37 million worth of unsold clothes, accessories and perfumes. Other companies in the apparel, fashion and textile industry have faced similar criticism for incinerating products for strategic reasons such as intellectual property protection and brand exclusivity. In addition, the industry produces approximately 92 million tons of waste a year. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in 2015 more than 16 million tons


Revenue Mangement in Last-Mile Delivery: State-of-the-Art and Future Research Directions

Snoeck, Andre; Merchan, Daniel; Winkenbach, Matthias
This paper explores future avenues of research for revenue management in last-mile delivery. First, we review earlier efforts in this field, which have focused primarily on the problem of attended home deliveries (AHD) of groceries...

Supply Chain Management and Logistics in Latin America: A Multi-country Perspective

Supply Chain Management and Logistics in Latin America: A Multi-Country Perspective


How Relevant is Latin America? Challenges and Opportunities. Latin America is a well recognized and growing market, but its poor infrastructure, explosive urbanization, expensive and inefficient logistics, and multiple social problems continue to pose major problems to logistics professionals and academics. The uniqueness and complexity of these issues have long daunted scholars, and there remains an important gap in the literature around Latin American supply chain management and logistics (SCM&L). Discover the full story with this collection of selected papers from 2016 MIT SCALE Latin


MIT CTL's Supply Chain Exchange is an active community of companies that share a common goal of leveraging cutting-edge research into competitive advantage. Learn more about benefits to joining the Supply Change Exchange.

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