Kellen Betts is a Course Lead in the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management and Project Manager supporting sustainability-related research at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics including the State of Supply Chain Sustainability, carbon insetting with sustainable aviation fuels, and the circular supply chain initiative. Kellen has over fifteen years of experience in supply chain and analytics working for small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations. He writes the blog/newsletter Sustainable Supply Chains, exploring the sustainability of global supply chains, and organizes Supply Chain Connect, an annual conference on supply chain management and technology. Prior to joining MIT, Kellen helped launch a supply chain technology startup for port trucking and logistics, and worked in supply chain, analytics, and engineering at REI, Zulily, PACCAR, JBE Inc., and Vigor Industrial. He received an M.S. degree in Global Supply Chain Management from Portland State University and an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington.
We will kick off Connect 2022 with a dynamic discussion on how the secure Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the industrial world. Gerald Jackson, Product Management Leader at Microsoft, brings more than 20 years of experience at Microsoft, GE Digital, and Accenture. Hosted by Kellen Betts, Research Project Manager and Course Lead at MIT, the discussion will explore how IoT solves many business problems, including remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, facilities management, manufacturing efficiency, and connected products.
March 29, 2021: Last Sunday, Canadian Pacific railroad announced plans to acquire Kansas City Southern for $29 billion. The merger would create the first North American railroad connecting Canada, the U.S., and Mexico as companies grapple with widespread disruptions of global supply chains, a new North American free-trade agreement, and cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 12, 2021: The military coup in Myanmar is a setback for democracy in the country and introduces a new wrinkle in the trade dynamic between the U.S. and China. Last week, Myanmar’s army seized power from the civilian government and imposed a year-long state of emergency.