Monday, October 8, 2007

Sheffi appointed director of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division - SDM Pulse, Fall 2007

Professor Yossi Sheffi
Professor Yossi Sheffi has been appointed director of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD), effective Nov. 15, Dean of Engineering Subra Suresh announced on September 24, 2007.

Sheffi received his B.Sc. from Technion in Israel in 1975, his S.M. from MIT in 1977, and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1978; he holds faculty appointments in ESD and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. An expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management, Sheffi serves as director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, a position he will continue to hold as ESD director. Under his leadership, the center has experienced substantial growth, launching many educational, research, and industry/government outreach programs.

Sheffi is the author of numerous research articles and two books, including the bestseller The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage, published by the MIT Press in 2005. The Resilient Enterprise received rave reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Economist, as well as dozens of trade publications. The Financial Times chose it as one of the best business books of 2005; and it was named the 2005 Book of the Year in the category of Business and Economics by Forward Magazine.

Since 1998, Sheffi has served as director of MIT's Master of Engineering in Logistics program, which he founded. The program grew from 17 applications at its inception to hundreds of applications today, and has inspired the creation of dozens of similar programs worldwide.

In 2003, Sheffi founded and has since led the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, an global collaboration among academia, industry, and government. This program has led to substantial economic growth in Aragon, and in 2006, Sheffi received Aragon’s presidential award for “the most substantial contribution to the regional economy.”

In his announcement, Dean Suresh thanked Institute Professor Joel Moses, who has graciously served as ESD’s interim director since January 2006, and added that he is looking forward to working with Sheffi and colleagues in ESD.

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