Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management, which are the subjects he researches and teaches at MIT, both at the MIT School of Engineering and at the Sloan School of Management. From 2007 to 2011 he served as Head of MIT's Engineering Systems Division. In these years he set up the administrative structure, launched a successful PhD program, hired and promoted several faculty members and set the long term strategy of the division.
Under his leadership, CTL launched many new educational, research, and industry/ government outreach programs, leading to substantial growth. He is the director of MIT's Master of Engineering in Logistics degree which he founded and launched in 1998. In 2003 he launched the MIT-Zaragoza program, building a new logistics university in Spain based on a unique international academia, government and industry partnership. In 2007 he became the director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division, where he set a strategy, revamped the PhD program, and set the division for future growth. In 2008 he launched the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation in Bogota, Colombia, with participation of dozens of Latin-American universities and businesses. In 2011 Yossi launched the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), a partnership between CTL and the government of Malaysia.
Outside the university Professor Sheffi has consulted with numerous government agencies as well as leading manufacturing, retail and transportation enterprises all over the world. He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded five successful companies, and a sought-after speaker in corporate and professional events.
Dr. Sheffi was recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and was on the cover of Purchasing Magazine and Transportation and Distribution Magazine. In 1997 he won the Distinguished Service Award given by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He is a life fellow of Cambridge University's Clare Hall College and an honorary doctor at Zaragoza University in Spain. In 2006 the Government of Aragon awarded him the Plaza Award for his significant contribution to the economy of Aragon. He won the Eccles Medal from the society of Logistics Engineers in 2009 and in 2011 Syracuse University recognized him with the Salzberg Lifetime Award.
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. He now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
More information is available at http://web.mit.edu/sheffi/