The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL), part of the Engineering Systems Division, is a world leader in supply chain management and transportation education and research. MIT CTL engages in three principal activities: research, outreach, and education.
Research. The center's world-renowned research programs directly involve over 75 faculty and research staff from a wide range of academic disciplines, as well as researchers in various affiliate organizations around the world. MIT CTL has three main research programs: Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Transportation, and the impact of aging on mobility, health, and wellness.
Supply Chain Management and Logistics projects include Carbon Efficient Supply Chains; AgeLab; Demand Management; FreightLab; Scenario Planning; Strategy Alignment; Supply Chain 2020: The Future of the Supply Chain; Supply Chain Innovation in Emerging Markets; Supply Chain Security; the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Future Freight Flows; and Supply Chain Network Risk Management.
Transportation programs and projects include the New England University Transportation Center and the MIT Program in Intelligent Transportation Systems.
The MIT AgeLab conducts research to improve quality of life for older adults and those who care for them, creating new ideas and translating technology into practical applications.
Outreach. MIT CTL partners with industry to turn the center's innovative research into market-winning applications. MIT CTL currently has more than 45 corporate partners worldwide who participate in events, interact with researchers, and contribute to and help steer research projects.
Education. MIT CTL's top-ranked academic programs include the MIT Supply Chain Management (SCM) master's program and the PhD program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Additionally, MIT CTL runs the Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network, which has centers in Europe (Zaragoza, Spain), South America (Bogota, Colombia), and Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Each center runs a graduate program that mirrors MIT's SCM program. Students from all four SCALE centers work on common projects and participate in a global exchange.
Through MIT CTL, MIT is the lead university in Federal Region I of the University Transportation Centers program administered by the US Department of Transportation, which provides graduate fellowships in transportation, research and teaching assistantships, and undergraduate research opportunities.
For further information on the Center for Transportation & Logistics and its programs see Engineering Systems Division in Part 2.