The government of Aragon in Spain has presented the 2009 Aragon International Prize to MIT for its role in developing innovation and enhancing economic growth in the region.
The prize is one of two prestigious awards given annually by the government of Aragon. Professor Yossi Sheffi, director of MIT's Engineering Systems Division, accepted the award on behalf of MIT from Marcelino Iglesias Ricou, the president of Aragon, during an April 23 ceremony in Zaragoza.
In 2003, the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), led by Sheffi, partnered with the government of Aragon to create the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), a world-class research institute associated with the University of Zaragoza, specializing in research and graduate studies in logistics and supply chain management. Since then, faculty and students at both CTL and ZLC have worked together to create new processes, concepts, and technologies while developing the future leaders for global supply chains.