James M. Masters has been appointed executive director of MIT's new Master of Engineering in Logistics program (MLOG). The intensive nine-month program, administered by the Center for Transportation Studies, will admit its first students this fall.
Designed for mid-career executives in logistics and supply chain management, the MLOG is the first program of its kind to focus on producing logistics professionals with a system-wide perspective who are equally at home with sophisticated data analysis and with complex management issues. It is designed primarily for people with three to 10 years of industry experience, but is open to anyone who can meet the entrance requirements.
Before joining MIT, Dr. Masters was an associate professor of logistics management at Ohio State University, and also served for 20 years as a logistics officer in the Air Force, where his assignments included field duty with operational forces and faculty duty at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His teaching and research focuses on the development and application of analytic techniques for effective logistics decision-making in the areas of inventory deployment and logistics network design.
In addition to his other work, Masters has participated in executive education programs at Ohio State and the University of North Florida, and in graduate education programs at the Groupe Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Bordeaux and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 2, 1998.