Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management, which are the subjects he researches and teaches at MIT, both at the MIT School of Engineering and at the Sloan School of Management. He is the author of dozens of scientific publications and two books: a textbook on urban transportation networks optimization (Prentice Hall, 1985) and "The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage," (MIT Press, 2005). From 2007 to 2011 he served as head of MIT's Engineering Systems Division. In these years he set up the administrative structure, launched a successful Ph.D. program, hired and promoted several faculty members and set the long-term strategy of the division.
Sheffi is the director of MIT's Master of Engineering in Logistics degree, which he founded and launched in 1998. In 2003 he launched the MIT-Zaragoza program, building a new logistics university in Spain based on a unique international academia, government and industry partnership. In 2007 he became the director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division, where he established a strategy, revamped the Ph.D. program, and set the division for future growth. In 2008 he launched the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation, in Bogota, Colombia, with participation of dozens of Latin-American universities and businesses. In 2011 Sheffi launched the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, a partnership between MIT and the government of Malaysia.
Sheffi was recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and was on the cover of Purchasing Magazine and Transportation and Distribution Magazine. In 1997 he won the Distinguished Service Award given by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. In 2002 to 2003 he was on sabbatical in the Judge Institute of Management in Cambridge University. He is also a life fellow of Cambridge University's Clare Hall College. In 2006 the Government of Aragon awarded him the Plaza Award for the most significant contribution to the economy of Aragon.
He obtained his B.Sc. from the Technion in Israel in 1975, his S.M. from MIT in 1977, and Ph.D. from MIT in 1978.