• Chris Caplice
  • Silver Family Research Fellow and Sr. Lecturer, MIT
    Visiting Faculty, NSCIIC
  • Phone:+1-617-258-7975
  • Email:caplice@mit.edu


Dr. Caplice serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL). Dr. Caplice was selected as the first Silver Family Research Fellow in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to supply chain education and research.  Also in 2016, he received the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Distinguished Service Award.

He is also the founder of the MIT FreightLab – a research initiative that focuses on improving 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. In addition to his work at MIT, Dr. Caplice is currently the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, the leading analytical supply chain consulting firm.

Chris received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1996 in Transportation and Logistics Systems. Prior to receiving his PhD, Dr. Caplice taught at the Virginia Military Institute for two years and served five years in the Army Corps of Engineers, achieving the rank of Captain. His writing has appeared in numerous academic and business journals and publications.  In addition to his PhD, he earned 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).


Research Interests

Freight Logistics, Supply Chain Analytics


Teaching Interests

Supply Chain Design and Planning, Logistics Systems


Selected Publications

Phadnis, S., Caplice, C., Sheffi, Y., & Singh, M. (2015). Effect of scenario planning on field experts' judgment of long-range investment decisions.Strategic Management Journal, 36(9), 1401-1411.
Caplice, C., & Sheffi, Y. (1995). A Review and Evaluation of Logistics Performance Measurement Systems. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 6(1), 61-74.
Caplice, C., & Sheffi, Y. (1994). A Review and Evaluation of Logistics Metrics. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 5(2), 11-28.