Research Director, Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Edgar Blanco is a Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is the Executive Director of the MIT SCALE Network in Latin America. He has over sixteen years of experience in designing and improving logistics and supply chain systems. Dr. Blanco is widely recognized as an expert on carbon footprint assessments of global supply chains and models of environmental impacts of freight transportation and logistics activities. His work on carbon-efficient supply chain balances theoretical and applied work, which has allowed him to establish strong working relationships within academia, as well as with industry practitioners, governments and NGOs. Dr. Blanco is also the founder and director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab, a pioneering initiative in the field of urban logistics. His approach of integrating consumer and retail behavior in emerging markets, urban morphology, mobile phone technologies, visualization and logistics analytics, has opened a new area of research currently being applied in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background includes a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a M.S. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.