Research projects are an integral part of MIT's SCM degree programs - both for the students and for the sponsoring companies.

Started in 2002 by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, the Supply Chain Exchange Thesis Partners program gives SCM students the opportunity work closely with partner companies in diverse industries to devise practical, workable solutions to real-world business challenges, and gives companies access to a student or student team that bring new insight and approaches to a current supply chain project. Most SCM students are paired with sponsoring companies to work on innovative and challenging supply chain research projects through the Thesis Partners program.

Thesis Partner research projects start in the fall and finish the following May. Companies interested in sponsoring a project for the upcoming academic must express interest by June 1st of that year. For more information, email

  • Past student thesis and capstone projects are available on the CTL web site (partner login required to access executive summaries and presentation materials).
  • Learn more about our Thesis Partner program by downloading the SCM Thesis Partner Guide, or viewing an archived webcast hosted in 2009 by former SCM Executive Director, Dr. Jarrod Goentzel. The video features company sponsors and students from two partner projects completed by the class of 2009.