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Dr. Josué C. Velázquez Martínez

MIT Sustainable Supply Chain Lab
Research Scientist
Cambridge, MA
Josué C. Velázquez Martínez is a Research Scientist, and Lecturer at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, with focus on Logistics and Supply Chain Management in transportation, manufacturing, and retail industries, and has more than 10 years of experience in conducting applied research on logistics sustainability and small firms in emerging markets. At MIT, Velázquez Martínez has served in multiple roles, including in 2016-2018 the Director of the SCALE Network for Latin America, and in 2019-2021 the Executive Director of the master’s program in Supply Chain Management. He currently serves as the Director of the MIT Sustainable Supply Chain Lab, a research group focused on collaborating with organizations to improve their supply chain and logistics operations by considering environmental, social, and business goals. He is also the founder of MIT Low Income Firms Transformation (LIFT) lab, a new research initiative aimed at alleviating poverty in Latin America and lifting the life of the bottom billion.

Velázquez Martínez has published a variety of academic and business-oriented articles and book chapters on logistics sustainability and supply chain management and has been constantly quoted and interviewed by different international media, including HuffPost, CNN, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, NY Times, and ELLE.com. Velázquez Martínez is the lecturer at MIT of the graduate course SCM.290 Sustainable Supply Chain Management, and he also developed the edX online version SCM.290x that was launched on 2022 with more than three thousand learners from all over the world. Velázquez Martínez is a frequent guest speaker in conferences and seminars in Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America.

Velázquez Martínez holds an MSc in Manufacturing Systems with focus on Optimization and a PhD in Industrial Engineering with focus on Sustainability in Supply Chains from Monterrey Tech, Mexico, where he was approved with great distinction from both programs. Dr. Velázquez Martínez is also the 2014 recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Award issued by the Mexican Logistics and Supply Chain Association as recognition for the best doctoral thesis in the country. In 2013, Dr. Velázquez Martínez was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, and he also was part of the first class in the STVP – Faculty Fellows Program at Stanford University. Prior to joining MIT, in 2014, Dr. Velázquez Martínez was the Dean of the Engineering School at Monterrey Tech in Santa Fe.