About MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
For more than four decades, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) has been a world leader in supply chain management education and research. MIT CTL has made significant contributions to supply chain logistics and has helped many organizations gain competitive advantage from its cutting-edge research.
MIT.CTL.SCx Instructor Team
Director, MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management, Silver Family Research Fellow, Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL)
Dr. Caplice has been teaching logistics and supply chain management at MIT for over a decade. He is also responsible for the planning and management of the research, education, and corporate outreach programs for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics as well as MIT’s Global SCALE Network. He is also the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, a leading analytical supply chain consulting firm. He received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1996 in Transportation and Logistics Systems, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).
Executive Director, MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management, Lecturer and Research Associate
Dr. Ponce oversees the five online MITx courses in Supply Chain Management (CTL.SCx courses) that make up the MicroMasters Program. She is a Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. Her current research focus is the design of urban distribution models (freight deliveries) with a special focus on omni-channel distribution strategies. She also leads research initiatives on Reverse Logistics and Closed-Loop Supply Chains. Dr. Ponce has over fifteen years of experience in teaching and research in supply chain management and quantitative models for industrial engineering. In 2008, she received her tenure as an Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Logistics at the School of Industrial Engineering of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT, Professor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Dr. Sheffi is a former director of MIT's Engineering Systems Division and holds a dual appointment at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Engineering Systems Division. He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management, which are the subjects he teaches and researches at MIT. He is the author of dozens of scientific publications and three books. Outside the university, Professor Sheffi is an active entrepreneur, having founded five successful companies, and a sought-after speaker in corporate and professional events. He obtained his B.Sc. from the Technion in Israel in 1975, his S.M. from MIT in 1977, and Ph.D. from MIT in 1978.
Deputy Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, Director, Integrated Supply Chain Management Program, Director, Supply Chain Exchange Program
Jim Rice joined the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) in 1995 and he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Center in 2007. In this capacity, he oversees several research and outreach programs, CTL Executive Education Programs and outreach marketing activities. As part of these roles, Jim works with industry sponsors to develop research projects and educational and knowledge sharing events for the sponsors. He is also a Lecturer in the Supply Chain Management program teaching Supply Chain Finance. Prior to joining MIT, Jim managed manufacturing and distribution operations at Procter & Gamble and served as a sales and market manager at General Electric Company. Jim earned his MBA in Operations and Finance from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Director, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab, Lecturer and Research Associate
Dr. Goentzel is founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems, and decision support technology. Dr. Goentzel has created graduate-level courses in humanitarian logistics, international operations, and supply chain finance, and has extensive experience using simulation games to build intuition and leadership skills. Dr. Goentzel received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).
Executive Director, Supply Chain Management Program, Lecturer, and Senior Research Director
Dr. Arntzen is the Executive Director, MIT Supply Chain Management Program where he oversees the SCM curriculum, student admissions, faculty selection, and student job placement. He serves as the faculty advisor, oversees Master’s theses, and teaches the course “Global Supply Chain Management.” As a Research Director, he leads the MIT Hi-Viz Supply Chain project which is developing automated board-ready visualizations of the supply chain and its critical risk pathways. Dr. Arntzen founded two supply chain consulting firms, lead industrial engineering and operations planning groups at Digital Equipment Corp., performed operations management consulting at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and served as an economic analyst at The World Bank in Washington, DC. An expert on Supply Chain Risk Management and International Supply Chain Operations, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including CSCMP, WERC, APICS, OIA, and INFORMS. He has thrice served as the President of the New England Chapter of CSCMP. Dr. Arntzen holds a BA and BS from Bucknell University, an MSE from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. from MIT.
Lecturer, MIT Supply Chain Management Program, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Christopher Cassa, PhD., is a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at MIT, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Geneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Cassa has served as a lecturer of data analytics and software engineering subjects at MIT for 10 years. His research laboratory conducts predictive analytics research in the assessment of genomic variants. This application draws on “big data” approaches to enable unprecedented extraction of information from existing information sources.
MIT.CTL.SCx Course Team
Alexis Bateman - Research Associate, Course Lead, CFx Manager
Dr. Alexis Bateman is a Research Associate and MITx Course Lead at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. She also directs a small lab called the MIT Responsible Supply Chain Lab focusing on sustainable supply chains. Dr. Bateman has over ten years of experience in the public sector, industry, and academic settings. She received a PhD from the University of California, Irvine in Planning, Policy, and Design as well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Her work focuses on deep tier supply chain traceability and transparency. Through her research, she has engaged closely with major industrial partners, public agencies, and non-governmental organizations on a number of projects. She was an advocate and served side-lines support for the MicroMasters in SCM since its inception, but formally joined the team in 2016.
Sergio Caballero - Research Engineer, Course Lead
Sergio Caballero is a Research Engineer at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He has over thirteen years of experience in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in industry and academia. Dr. Caballero has been part of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab, a pioneering initiative in the field of urban logistics, since 2013. His topics of interest include multi-tier distribution network design in urban settings, last-mile delivery data analytics, and high-resolution modeling. Sergio holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a focus in SCM from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico. He received his Master degree in Manufacturing Systems from the School of Engineering and Sciences at ITESM where he was approved with Honors. His educational background includes a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (USFX) in Sucre, Bolivia.
Inma Borrella - Postdoctoral Associate, Course Lead
Dr. Inma Borrella is a Post Doctoral Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. She has over five years teaching experience in operations management. She has also collaborated with public institutions, industry, and NGOs to improve their processes and their impact. Her current research focuses on sustainable supply chain management, paying special attention to the supplier standpoint. Inma received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid in 2016. In 2014, she was granted with a predoctoral research stay at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, University of Utrecht. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, both from the Technical University of Madrid.
David Correll - Course Lead
Alex Rothkopf - Course Lead
Connor Makowski - Research Associate, Digital Learning Lead
Connor is currently leading the development of digital learning applications for the SCx program at MIT. His primary focus is on generating tools and systems that allow online students to learn more effectively. Connor’s team researches user patterns to develops applications and implements them into the edX learning environment. These applications range from simple tools that engage students to advanced machine learning algorithms that ensure academic honesty. Outside of development, Connor has instructed Statistics and Supply Chain Leadership for the SCM program at MIT. He assists teaching on optimization, statistics, regression, database systems, SQL and Machine Learning in the SCx courses. Connor’s main research interests include prescriptive analytics and machine learning. His past research has focused on developing efficient data structures and algorithms to facilitate large-scale horizontal collaboration.
Arthur Grau - Communications Officer, MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management
Arthur Grau conducts internal and external communications for the MicroMasters in SCM community. He is interested in how community interactions influence outcomes in learning and social change. Prior to MIT CTL, Arthur served as the managing director for Applications for Good, a mobile app developer community that created apps for underserved populations. He has worked as an experience designer, and community & development manager in the education, health, and social enterprise sectors. He is currently completing a Masters in Design Innovation at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and recieved his B.A. in Media and Social Change from the University of California in 2006.
Yinjin Lee - Problem creator
Yinjin is a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Systems at MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Her main research interests are behavioral modeling and urban logistics. She also holds a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and an M.S. in Engineering Systems from MIT. She was the teaching assistant for Chris Caplice and Yossi Sheffi for the course SCM.260 Logistics Systems Analysis at MIT and conducted lectures and created exams and graded assignment materials. She has been involved in the SCM MicroMasters program since its commencement, first in beta testing problems and now in creating them.
Lita Das - Data Analyst, Problem creator
Lita is a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Systems at MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Her research deals with the optimal space allocation within urban retail stores under severe space constraints through the application of optimization and simulation methods. During her time at MIT, she has served as a graduate research assistant and a teaching assistant at CTL. She also holds a B.E.(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, and two Master’s degrees: an M.Sc. in Engineering Systems from MIT and an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, from Cornell University. She also has experience in teaching graduate level courses related to inventory management and data analytics. She has been engaged in the SCM MicroMasters program since its commencement, initially by providing supplementary support and later by joining the team officially to conduct various data analyses and contribute to problem creation for different SCx courses.
Ahmed Bilal - Teaching Assistant
Athika Rizwan - Teaching Assistant
Atikha is a graduate student at MIT, pursuing her master's degree in System Design and Management. She holds an ME in Electronics and Communication engineering. Prior to MIT, she has worked for an NGO in India, handling its business operations and logistics. She has also worked as a Global Supply Chain Manager intern at Tesla in the summer of 2017.
Maximiliano A Calderon Montecinos - Teaching Assistant
Xiaoliang Jack Yao - Teaching Assistant
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