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Supply Chain Management: Is it a Must Course for Manufacturing Engineering Technology?

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Supply Chain and Logistics in Manufacturing Education

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26.1442.1 - 26.1442.12



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Bimal P. Nepal Texas A&M University


Pradip Kumar Krishnadevarajan Karpagam University

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Pradip is a research scholar at Karpagam University, INDIA pursuing his PhD in supply chain management. He is a also the cofounder and research lead at the Global Supply Chain Laboratory (GSCL) in the Industrial Distribution program at Texas A&M University. Pradip is also an educator at the Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education. He conducts educational programs, business sessions, technical seminars, and workshops for wholesale distribution professionals. Pradip assists wholesaler-distributors with best practices implementation, business decisions, education, and technical support on a wide array of supply-chain management topics, including customer stratification, pricing optimization, distributor profitability, sales and marketing, growth and business development, inventory management, warehouse management/layout design, and global business decisions. He works with distributors from small and medium enterprises to large, global corporations. He has more than 10 years of industry experience, managing more than 90 projects. Pradip holds a Masters Degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelors in mechanical engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Bharathiar University, India. He has written 6 books on quantifying the value of distribution, profitability, and best practices.

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Supply Chain Management: Is It a Must Course for ManufacturingEngineering Technology?Manufacturing organizations in the twenty first century are much more distributed than those ofnineteenth century where companies used to be mostly vertically integrated. This has made themanufacturing planning works increasingly complex. On top of that, globalization and advances ininformation technology have added yet another layer of complexity to manufacturing and supply chainmanagement. In this paper, we present results of an exploratory study of manufacturing engineeringtechnology curricula of major 4-year and 2-year colleges in the US. More specifically, this paper focuseson the institutes of those States that rank among the top ten in manufacturing outputs in the U.S. Thepaper presents the results of two types of survey. First, through website exploration, it examines thecurricula of the community colleges and 4-year institutes that offer manufacturing technology programsto determine if they offer any course on supply chain management and information technology systems.Secondly, the paper will survey educators from engineering technology community to validate thefindings of the first survey. The main objective of this study is to create awareness in the manufacturingeducators community thereby determine if there is a gap in the curricula that needs to be addressed. Inaddition, the study will also determine if there is any variation in the curricular structure due to otherfactors such as nature of regional economies.

Nepal, B. P., & Krishnadevarajan, P. K. (2015, June), Supply Chain Management: Is it a Must Course for Manufacturing Engineering Technology? Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24779

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