Allie Copeland is the Vice President of Operations at Standard Supply & Distributing Inc., an independent privately owned industrial distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and related products. Allie has an Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursing a Masters of Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam joined the faculty of the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University in 2007. Natarajarathinam received her Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from The University of Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Engineering (Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering) from Anna University [Tamilnadu, India], her MS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, her MA in Management Science, and MS in Applied Statistics from The University of Alabama. She has experience working with many industries such as automotive, chemical distribution, etc. on transportation and operations management projects. She works extensively with food banks and food pantries on supply chain management and logistics-focused initiatives. Her graduate and undergraduate students are an integral part of her service-learning logistics classes.
She teaches courses in strategic relationships among industrial distributors and distribution logistics. Her recent research focuses on engineering education and learning sciences with a focus on how to engage students better to prepare their minds for the future. Her other research interests include empirical studies to assess the impact of good supply chain practices such as coordinated decision making in stochastic supply chains, handling supply chains during times of crisis, and optimizing global supply chains on the financial health of a company. She has published her research in the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and peer-reviewed proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education. She is an active member of the Engineering Education Faculty group at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI).
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