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 and Support Team

MIT CTL Instructor Team

From left to right: Eva Ponce, Alexis Bateman, Arthur Grau, Inma Borrella, Chris Caplice, David Correll, Bedriye Akson, Samantha Varney, Sergio Caballero. All other instructors pictured in the footer of this page.

Chris Caplice

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).

Eva Ponce

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).

Yossi Sheffi

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.

James Rice

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.

Jarrod Goentzel

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).

Bruce Arntzen

Former Executive Director, Supply Chain Management Program, Retired Lecturer, and Senior Research Director

Dr. Arntzen is the former Executive Director of, MIT Supply Chain Management Program where he oversaw the SCM curriculum, student admissions, faculty selection, and student job placement. He served as the faculty advisor, oversaw hundreds of Master’s theses, and taught the course “Global Supply Chain Management.” As a Research Director, he led the MIT Hi-Viz Supply Chain project which developed automated board-ready visualizations of the supply chain and its critical risk pathways. Dr. Arntzen founded two supply chain consulting firms, led 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 remains 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.

Chris Cassa

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 Scientist, Course Lead

Dr. Alexis Bateman is a Research Scientist and MITx Course Lead at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Alexis is also Director of MIT Sustainable Supply chains. She also serves as a course lead and instructor for the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management, a pioneering program in digital education reaching 100,000s of supply chain professionals around the world. She has over fifteen years of experience in sustainability in the public sector, industry, and academic settings. Her work focuses on supply chain sustainability through research, education, and outreach. She has engaged closely with industrial partners, public agencies, global governance organizations, and non-governmental organizations. View bio.

Inma Borrella - Research Scientist, Course Lead

Dr. Inma Borrella is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL). Her main research interest is how digitalization and new technologies are transforming supply chain processes and relationships. She is currently exploring the potential impact of blockchain applications in supply chain management and coordinates the Blockchain Research Group at MIT CTL. She has over seven years of teaching experience, both in-person and online. At present, she is part of the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management program, where she leads Massive Online Courses and coordinates the on-campus MIT SCx Supply Chain Bootcamp program. View bio.

David Correll - Research Scientist, Course Lead

David Correll is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, serves as a Course Lead in the MITx MicroMaster’s in Supply Chain Management program, and contributes to transportation research at MIT Freightlab and MIT Sustainable Supply Chains. His research focuses on innovation and optimization in supply chain design to improve performance and sustainability in agricultural logistics. Dr. Correll received his Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from Iowa State University, where he also earned an M.S. degree in Biorenewable Resources & Technologies, as well as Sustainable Agriculture. Dr. Correll’s research has been published in academic and professional journals focusing on production economics, farming, techno-economic analysis, and industrial ecology. View bio.

Laura Allegue – Course Lead

Laura Allegue is a Course Lead in the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Laura received her Master of Applied Sciences in Supply Chain Management from MIT and her Master of Business Administration from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Laura has over ten years of experience in procurement, leading sourcing of strategic services in the industry, and joined the academic world to combine her expertise with her passion for education and in-company training. She is an expert in strategic sourcing, contract negotiation, risk analysis, and cost control applied to procurement processes. Her main research interests are supply chain sustainability and responsible sourcing. She is also contributing to the future of education research at the MIT Omnichannel Education Lab.

Sindhu Srinath - Course Lead

Sindhu serves as a Course Lead for the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management program. She has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from R.V College of Engineering, India. Her final year research project on developing a unique architecture for a power-split transmission system has been published in notable journals. She has close to 4 years of experience in operations and supply chain management having done roles in lean, sourcing, advanced manufacturing, and production. She received her Master of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management from MIT. Her research projects at MIT were related to enabling humanitarian logistics using system dynamics model and python programming. Apart from leading courses for the MITx program, she is working on developing standard processes for post-course analysis and contributes to the MIT Omnichannel in Education Lab.

Connor Makowski - Research Associate, Digital Learning Lead

Connor currently serves as a Research Associate, the CAVE Lab Project Manager, and the Supply Chain MicroMasters Digital Learning Lead. He specializes in algorithms and coding related to simulation, optimization, machine learning, databases, statistics, online education, and blockchain. For the MicroMasters, Connor researches user patterns, develops applications and implements them into the edX learning environment. These applications include simple tools that engage students to advanced machine learning algorithms that ensure academic honesty and prevent students from dropping out. His team also automates redundant processes for the course staff. View bio.

Arthur Grau - Communications Officer, MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management

Arthur Grau conducts internal and external communications for the MicroMasters program 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 received his B.A. in Media and Social Change from the University of California in 2006. View bio.

Samantha Varney - Marketing & Communication, MIT CTL

Samantha Varney works as a Digital Marketing Specialist for the Center for Transportation and Logistics and conducts internal and external communications for the MicroMasters program in SCM community. She is responsible for implementing CTL's integrated communications strategy and developing marketing collateral for all channels.View bio.

Bedriye Akson - Senior Program Assistant

Bedriye Akson is the Senior Program Assistant, MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. She provides support for the pre-production, production, and post-production of ten online educational courses and a boot-camp throughout the year. In her role, she supports all activities related to the program, from interacting with the student body to collecting and analyzing feedback for continuous improvement; performing technical audits of course content, updating records, building sample course content, and troubleshooting user access issues; researching, evaluating, and maintaining awareness of advances in academic and instructional technologies. View bio.

Future Courses Dates

Supply Chain Analytics (SC0x): starts March 16, 2022
Supply Chain Fundamentals (SC1x): starts March 23, 2022
Supply Chain Design (SC2x): starts June 22, 2022
Supply Chain Dynamics (SC3x): starts April 6, 2022
Supply Chain Technology and Systems (SC4x): starts July 6, 2022
Supply Chain Comprehensive Exam (CFx): starts Nov. 8, 2021

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