About Us 

What we do

The mission of the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab is to understand and improve the supply chain systems behind public services and private markets to meet human needs. Based within the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, the Lab combines MIT expertise in engineering, management, information technology, social science, economics, urban planning and other disciplines to drive practical innovation for humanitarian interventions. The lab has a diverse portfolio of projects to improve emergency response during crisis and to enable market development that improves resilience. Our theoretical and applied research is driven by active engagement with the private sector, government agencies, humanitarian, international development, and community organizations on several continents.

Emergency response

Supply chains are the critical link in delivering life-saving supplies during crisis triggered by events such as natural disasters, conflict, and disease outbreak.

Our research combines:

  1. Empirical study of the decision-making context through appropriately-sanctioned deployment during crisis and observation of training exercises
  2. Development of decision support systems based on empirical insights
  3. Practical application by upgrading skills through education and shaping public and private sector policies and practices through research

Emerging market development

Supply chains are fundamental in making products that are essential for human needs more affordable, available, and accessible in communities around the world.

Our research combines:

  1. Empirical fieldwork to understand the business context in resource-constrained settings
  2. Scientific models to design supply chains that incorporate these new paradigms
  3. Systemic approaches to evaluate which products and processes are likely to reach scale

Current Team

Jarrod Goentzel

Jarrod Goentzel

Founder and Director

Lauren Finegan

Lauren Finegan

Research Engineer

Chelsey Graham

Chelsey Graham

Research Assistant

Tim Russell

Tim Russell

Research Engineer

Courtney Blair

Courtney Blair

Research Consultant

Maria Besiou

Maria Besiou

Research Affiliate

Erica Gralla

Erica Gralla

Research Affiliate

Arnie Maltz

Arnie Maltz

Research Affiliate

Alexander Rothkopf

Alexander Rothkopf

Research Affialte

Michael Veatch

Michael Veatch

Research Affiliate

Alumni

Léa Benayoun

Visiting Student

Tim Breitbach

Research Assistant

Mark Brennan

Research Assistant

Justin Boutilier

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jaime Andrés Castañeda

Postdoctoral Fellow

Corinne Carland

Research Assistant

Jaya Chimnani

Research Associate

Lauren Seelbach Finegan

Research Assistant

Emily Gooding

Research Assistant

Ira Haavisto

Research Assistant

Marianne Jahre

Fulbright Fellow

Sarah Kleinmann

Visiting Student

Erin Lucca

Research Affiliate

Julia Moline

Research Assistant

Katie Picchione

Research Assistant

Sarah Quraishi

Research Assistant

Marie-Eve Rancourt

Research Assistant

Erin Reissman

Research Assistant

Michael Windle

Research Associate

Micaela Wiseman

Research Assistant

Gabe Bann

Research Assistant

Tristan Downing

Research Assistant

Olumurejiwa Fatunde

Research Assistant

Supply Chain Management
Student Alumni

Karn Budhiraj

2010

Colin Regnier

2009

Vidya Chander

2009

Lauren Shear Zinner

2009

Christine Heberley

2010

Javed Singha

2010

Christina Sujin Kim

2010

Gabriel de la Torre

2010

Gina Malaver

2009