June 27, 2016
Press Releases

Lombard, Illinois USA (June 23, 2016) -- Chris Caplice, executive director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, will receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2016 Distinguished Service Award. He will be presented with the award during the Opening General Session at CSCMP's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on Monday, September 26, 2016.

CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award is the industry's most prestigious honor, bestowed upon an individual for significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain management professions. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.

"CSCMP is pleased to announce Chris Caplice as the newest recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Caplice has dedicated himself to being a leader in supply chain management, from his involvement in education, to his innovative work in identifying and developing technologies that have contributed to the improved efficiency and effectiveness of transportation, logistics, and supply chain processes, he has had a dramatic impact in shaping the supply chain discipline as we know it," Rick Blasgen, President and CEO, CSCMP

In addition to his role as executive director at MIT, Dr. Caplice has also held key roles at Logistics.com, Sabre Holdings, and the Virginia Military Institute, and served as an officer in the US Army. He is among an elite group of supply chain professionals who have made contributions to the discipline from both an industry and an academic perspective.

"Dr. Caplice's research is path-breaking academically. It has been used by numerous companies to improve their operations, cut costs, and improve service levels. His work has even contributed to various governments' understanding of the challenges of supply chain management. His body of contributions combines innovation, sustained impact and professional leadership. It is difficult for me to think of a supply chain management professional who is more deserving, " Yossi Sheffi, nominator.

Currently, Dr. Caplice is leading a new program at MIT called "Micromasters," where learners all over the world are able to take courses online, complete a comprehensive exam, and then apply to MIT. If excepted, these individuals are able to attend MIT for a semester, and obtain a master's degree. Owing to Dr. Caplice's innovations in online learning, MIT's supply chain management program was chosen to lead this initiative. Dr. Caplice has already run three of these courses, serving 97,000 students from over 175 countries. He is leading the charge in democratizing supply chain knowledge.

Please join us for CSCMP's Annual Conference on September 26, 2016 as we honor Dr. Chris Caplice with supply chain's highest honor.


Launched in 1973, MIT CTL is one of the world’s leading centers for supply chain education and research. Part of the MIT School of Engineering, MIT CTL coordinates more than 100 supply chain research efforts across the MIT campus and around the globe. The center also educates students and corporate leaders in the essential principles of supply chain management and helps organizations to increase productivity and improve their environmental performance. For more information, please visit: http://ctl.mit.edu, and visit the MIT CTL blog: Supply Chain @ MIT.

Since 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has been the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the advancement of the supply chain management profession. With more than 8,500 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 65 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. To learn more, visit cscmp.org. 



Arthur J Grau, Communications Specialist

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
+1 617.253.4592 / agrau@mit.edu