Dr. Edgar Blanco is a Principal Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is the Executive Director of the MIT SCALE Network in Latin America. He has over twenty 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 co-led the Leaders in Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) research group at MIT.
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, urban morphology, visualization and data-driven logistics analytics, has opened a new area of research currently being applied in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Dr. Blanco was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Blanco was leading the Inventory Optimization practice at Retek (now Oracle Retail). 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.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a M.Sc. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.