The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics was founded in 1973 as the Center for Transportation Studies. Over the past 50 years, MIT CTL has been dedicated to studying, innovating, and elevating the supply chain management and logistics field. In fact, CTL predates the term "supply chain", which was popularized by logistician Keith Oliver in 1982. In that time, the CTL's novel interdisciplinary approach to studying transportation was among the first of its kind.
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the MIT Supply Chain Management Master's Program, begun in 1998. The SCM master's was the first postgraduate education program specifically designed for supply chain and logistics professionals.
CTL's aim is to support MIT's mission to advance knowledge and educate students in scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. This page will be updated continually with news and events related to the 50th anniversary, and also offers a few artifacts from our history. Enjoy!