Chris Caplice


MIT Room E40-275


Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Silver Family Research Fellow
Sr. Lecturer

Dr. Caplice is the Executive Director for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. In this role, he is responsible for the planning and management of the research, education, and corporate outreach for the Center. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of the SCM Program. He is also the founder of the MIT FreightLab - a research initiative that focuses on the way freight transportation is designed, procured, and managed. His primary research is in all aspects of freight transportation to include combinatorial procurement auctions, robust planning, portfolio management, performance metrics, and infrastructure design.

Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Caplice held senior management positions in supply chain consulting, product development, and professional services at several companies including and SABRE. He is also the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, a leading analytical supply chain consulting firm. In this role, he pioneered and leads the Chainalytics Model-Based Benchmarking Consortium (MBBC).

Dr. Caplice received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1996 in Transportation and Logistics Systems. His dissertation on Optimization Based Bidding for transportation was selected as the winner of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM) Doctoral Dissertation Award and received an Honorable Mention in the 1996 Dissertation Award sponsored by the Transportation Science Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Caplice was recently named the Silver Family Research Fellow at MIT in 2016.

Dr. Caplice also served five years in the Army Corps of Engineers, achieving the rank of Captain. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Business Logistics, the International Journal of Logistics Management, and Transportation Research. He obtained a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).