Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam is an Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Master of Industrial Distribution at the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Distribution and manages the Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) program, one of the largest distance education graduate programs at Texas A&M University. He has developed and implemented mobile learning solution with iPad, eBooks and educational apps for the MID program – first of its kind at Texas A&M University for working professionals in distance education graduate program.
He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, applied research, academic program management and business development. For more than 15 years he has worked with the Global Supply Chain Laboratory at Texas A&M University on applied industry consulting projects, consortia and professional development programs for more than 100 industrial manufacturers and distributors. He has published in academic journals and industry publications. His research areas include distribution management & leadership, talent / competency assessment & development, training design, development & implementation, distribution sales & marketing development and profitability & performance management.
Dr. Nagarathnam holds a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering from University of Madras, India. He can be reached at 979.847.8941 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. F. Barry Lawrence is the Program Coordinator for the Industrial Distribution Program and Director of the Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education. He has devoted more than 30 years to developing distributors through research in best practices in distributor competitiveness, operational efficiency, and financial models. He combines efforts in understanding the optimal distributor with education at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional development levels. His approach is to engage the industry in understanding their problems, researchers in solving those problems, and faculty in developing educational processes that make the solutions real world for students who work in the industry (professional development and distance-based graduate) or soon will (undergraduate).
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