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Yossi Sheffi

Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics
Director and Founder, Master of Engineering in Logistics Program

Dr. Yossi 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 also serves as director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. 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 two books: a textbook on transportation networks optimization and the recently published business best-seller The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage (MIT Press, October 2005). The Resilient Enterprise got rave reviews from dozens of trade publications as well as from the NYT, WSJ, and The Economist. The Financial Times chose it as one of the best business books of 2005. It was also awarded the “2005 Book of the Year” in the category of Business and Economics by ForeWord Magazine.

Under his leadership, the Center 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 (MLOG) 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.

Outside the university Professor Sheffi has consulted with numerous governments and 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. In 2002/03 he was on sabbatical in the Judge Institute of Management in Cambridge University, UK. He is also a life fellow of Cambridge University’s Clare Hall College.

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.


Yossi Sheffi featured on MIT World videos:
> Geeks and Chiefs: Engineering Education at MIT – April 5, 2007
> The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage – November 1, 2005

How Can We Improve Disaster Response? – September 30, 2005

Books Published:

Books Published by Yossi Sheffi

Related News:

Yossi Sheffi quoted in Thomas Friedman’s op-ed column about global supply chains: “Made in the World” – The New York Times – January 28, 2012

Yossi Sheffi quoted in AP article on new strategy to protect US goods; story was reported from the World Economic Forum in Davos;Prof. Sheffi moderated the panel “Risks in the Global Supply Chain”—this article also features panelists Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security and Daniel Brutto, President, UPS International: “Obama to protect US goods globally” – Associated Press – January 25, 2012; This AP piece ran in many media outlets, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and USA Today

Yossi Sheffi awarded Salzberg Medallion from Syracuse University: “Sheffi, C&S Wholesale win prestigious Salzberg Medallions” – DC Velocity – October 27, 2011

Yossi Sheffi quoted in Washington Post article about future changes in US airport security: “Shoe removal requirement at airports to be phased out” – The Washington Post – September 6, 2011 – Also in The Washington Post’s Federal Eye Blog

UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis talks with Professor Yossi Sheffi about free trade at recent special event: “Trade is not a four-letter word” – MIT News – September 29, 2011

Quoted in Washington Post article about future changes in US airport security: “Shoe removal requirement at airports to be phased out” – The Washington Post – September 6, 2011 – Also in The Washington Post’s Federal Eye Blog

Yossi Sheffi talks about airport security on public radio show Radio Times (WHYY) - November 24, 2010 (Prof. Sheffi is the final guest of the broadcast and is introduced with approximately 16:50 left in the time counter)

Yossi Sheffi to be awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Zaragoza, Spain on February 11, 2011.: Following 18 months of deliberations by faculty of the University of Zaragoza—with testimonies from the University's Research Institute, the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), the Department of Design and Manufacturing Engineering, the University of Zaragoza Doctoral Committee, and the Advisory Board—the Rector of the University of Zaragoza announced on October 27, 2010 that the University will award the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa to Professor Yossi Sheffi. The ceremony is scheduled for February 11, 2011 at the University of Zaragoza’s Paraninfo Building, where all major formal ceremonies involving the Government of Aragon and the University of Zaragoza take place.

Yossi Sheffi on “Global Logistics” episode of CNBC’s Executive Vision:
The series, now in its second season, is a "global strategy session" in which host Simon Hobbs and a panel of renowned experts and leaders discuss provocative issues affecting major business sectors. Read full details here.

Yossi Sheffi interviewed on "The Takeaway" about recent attempted bombing – November 2, 2010

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Yossi Sheffi

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77 Massachusetts Ave.
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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

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Fax: 617.253.4560
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