Eva Ponce

Executive Director, MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management
Director, Omnichannel Distribution Strategies

Dr. Eva Ponce is the Director of the research area on Omnichannel Distribution Strategies at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, as Research Scientist. Her current research focus is the design of omnichannel distribution strategies that integrates online and offline channels. Her main focus is to help retailers, and manufacturers to understand how e-commerce growth and mobile devices are affecting and transforming their supply chains. She also leads research initiatives on Circular Supply Chains, Reverse Logistics, and Closed-Loop Supply Chains.

Dr. Ponce is the Executive Director of the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management. She leads the MicroMasters in SCM team and oversees the five massive online MITx courses in Supply Chain Management (CTL.SCx courses) plus the Comprehensive Final Exam (CTL.CFx) that make up the MicroMasters Program. The courses are attended by tens of thousands of students in open-enrollment from more than 190 countries.

Currently, Dr. Ponce is leading an innovative research line in Omnichannel Education at MIT, which is transforming supply chain management education around the world. Dr. Ponce and her team received in 2018 the Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. Dr. Ponce has over nineteen years of experience in teaching and research in supply chain management and quantitative models for industrial engineering. She teaches courses in Sustainable Supply Chains, Digital Supply Chains, and Supply Chain Management at the Master’s, Ph.D., and Executive Education levels. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Management Program at Harvard Extension School. In 2008, she received her tenure as an Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Logistics at the School of Industrial Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

Dr. Ponce received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2002. Her dissertation received two awards with special distinction. In 2000, she was granted a pre-doctoral research stay in the Hass School of Business, University of California, and in 2011, she was a visiting professor at MIT CTL. She joined MIT CTL in 2016. She has an active publication record, including journal papers, conference proceedings, and refereed abstracts.

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