MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) awards full-tuition UPS Fellowships for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years to four students across the institute.
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, and an MIT Ph.D. 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 based solely on merit.
The fellowship awardees
MIT Civil Engineering Ph.D. candidate and CTL Research Assistant Angela Acocella was awarded the UPS Fellowship last spring for the 2020-21 academic year. Acocella’s research focuses on freight transportation and explores the relationships between shippers and motor carriers and their implications on pricing and performance. Since receiving the award, Ms. Acocella has contributed to ongoing research with the MIT Freight Lab, published, and given talks on emerging findings at academic conferences, MIT, MIT CTL, and its corporate affiliates.
MIT Civil Engineering Ph.D. candidate Baichuan Mo received the fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year. Baichuan’s research focuses on the resilience of public transit systems. Specifically, he seeks to understand the theoretical and practical impacts of unplanned service disruptions on public transit systems. Mo aims to design efficient control strategies using machine learning and optimization methods to mitigate negative impacts.
Molly McGuigan is a current master’s candidate in MIT's Technology and Policy Program and received the master’s fellowship in 2020-21. During the year she conducted research with CTL's Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab on PPE supply chains in response to Covid-19, including research for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that will be used to help shape emergency preparedness planning for future pandemics.
The 2021-22 UPS Fellowship recipient Jinwoo Je is an incoming student in the MIT Supply Chain Management master’s program. Je is currently a Business Development Manager at Doosan in Seoul, South Korea. He completed the online MITx MicroMasters® Program in Supply Chain Management in 2020 and will join the MIT SCM Class of 2022 as part of the blended program cohort.
About the advanced degree fellowship
The UPS Fellowship covers tuition, a monthly stipend, and student health insurance for the academic year. “In addition to recognizing these students for their talents and achievements to date, these Fellowships reflect MIT CTL’s high standards for academic and research at all graduate levels. “We strive to support applied research every chance we get.” Said Yossi Sheffi, Director of MIT CTL, “Fellowships like those offered by the UPS Foundation are a vital resource in supporting our students and creating knowledge to benefit the whole supply chain management community.”
Roughly 75% of students in CTL’s Supply Chain Management master’s program receive some fellowship funding to offset the cost of tuition. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for various SCM Department-funded fellowships, and are eligible to apply for additional highly competitive fellowships, including the full-tuition UPS and AWE awards, as well as fellowship awards open to the broader MIT community.
MIT Supply Chain Management master’s program (residential and blended cohorts)
MITx Micromasters Credential in Supply Chain Management