March 30, 2022

Fellows are awarded full tuition and monthly stipend from UPS Foundation

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics is pleased to announce that two students have been awarded the UPS Fellowship for the 2022–23 academic year. Made possible by a grant to CTL from the UPS Foundation, the UPS Fellowship is awarded each year to an incoming MIT master’s student interested in studying logistics, freight transportation, supply chain management, or a related topic, as well as an MIT PhD student who has passed their doctoral general examination and plans to conduct doctoral research in these areas. The fellowship is designed to recognize and reward excellence and is awarded solely on the basis of merit.

This year’s fellowship recipients are:

Kayla Cummings is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the MIT Operations Research Center. Kayla’s research focuses on the design and optimization of emerging micromobility systems. Her current projects include paratransit workforce scheduling, microtransit line-setting, and multimodal pricing alliance design between transit agencies and ride-hailing operators. In addition to her coursework, Kayla has served as a graduate teaching assistant and undergraduate instructor at MIT, and she volunteers and mentors within the MIT graduate student community. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

Geoff Allen is an incoming student in the MIT Supply Chain Management master’s program who currently works as a Senior Director for Strategy and Portfolio Governance at Sysco in Houston. Geoff completed the online MITx MicroMasters® Program in Supply Chain Management in 2021 and will join the SCM Class of 2023 as part of the Blended program cohort. Geoff earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

"These UPS Fellowships represent how MIT CTL constantly looks to drive innovation into practice," said Chris Caplice, Executive Director of MIT CTL. "By providing fellowships to both promising academic researchers and aspiring professionals, we look to continue to build and strengthen the link between research and practice."

Please join us in extending well-deserved congratulations to Kayla and Geoff!