About Us

Mission and Overview

Transforming Logistics: CCALS is the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, a unique collaboration between industry, government and universities designed to deliver transformational improvements to logistics systems.


CCALS is a multi-university, multi-disciplinary ecosystem that provides an opportunity for faculty and students to collaborate with private, public, and nonprofit sector professionals to proactively engage logistics and supply chain challenges through projects, research experiences, and career-ready workforce opportunities.

CCALS is an applied research center that bridges the gap between fundamental research that is typically performed at universities, and product development that is routinely performed by companies. Its goal is to accelerate the transition of technologies from fundamental developments through proof of concept and on to commercialization. CCALS’ industry-led, university-implemented applied research capability also focuses on solving problems of practical importance and relevance to industry and government.

Industry sets the agenda at CCALS, leveraging university expertise and real-world experience to solve logistics challenges that arise as complex technological, mechanical and human systems interact.

University partners of CCALS bring outstanding capabilities and research depth in logistics-related disciplines. They also provide access to the best and brightest engineering, business and IT students who will compose tomorrow’s logistics workforce.

CCALS’ location, too, provides partners with unique access to an experienced, skilled and highly qualified talent pool. Central Virginia is home to the US Army Logistics University, Amazon distribution centers and significant UPS and FedEx operations. It is also headquarters to Fortune 500 companies with sophisticated logistics operations, including Dominion Energy, Performance Food Group Co., Owens & Minor, Altria and others.

With favorable intellectual property policies and multiple perspectives at the table, CCALS ensures that promising discoveries become effective business solutions faster than ever.



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CCALS offers its partners a unique economic and workforce advantage: A world class university ecosystem of advanced logistics innovation and excellence.


We believe in producing value and driving economic growth by solving complex logistics issues.


We match Virginia’s diverse workforce and our university members with industry and government partners to tackle real-world advanced logistics challenges using metrics-based, data analytics problem solving.


CCALS is a state-supported Logistics Center of Excellence under the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority.

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