Chalam Narayanan
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has selected Chalam Narayanan to receive the 2007 Doctoral Dissertation Award. Narayanan is a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at the Dwight Look College of Engineering at A&M.

“As a first-year faculty member, it is an honor to receive CSCMP’s Doctoral Dissertation Award,” said Narayanan. “The award is special to me because it is given by scholars in the field as well as leaders in the industry. This recognition encourages me to continue to examine significant issues in both academic and industry research in my future work.”

Narayanan will be presented with the award in October at the annual CSCMP meeting in Philadelphia.

Narayanan’s dissertation research focuses on coordinated lot-sizing problems in which a common set-up cost is shared among multiple product types. These problems are commonly encountered in procurement, transportation, distribution, and operations management. The new formulation and solution procedures presented in Narayanan’s research represent a marked improvement in modeling and solution technologies over those reported in academic literature, and are currently being implemented in commercially-available procurement software.

Initiated in 1973 to encourage logistics-related research, the CSCMP Doctoral Dissertation Award is a prestigious honor presented annually to the author of a submitted doctoral dissertation in logistics or a related field, demonstrating significant originality and technical competence, while contributing to the logistics/supply chain knowledge base. The award’s objective is to encourage research leading to the advancement of the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management-related areas. The 1982 honoree, E. Powell Robinson, Jr., currently serves as department head for the Department of Information and Operations Management at Mays.

Narayanan also received honorable mention in the Decision Sciences Institute’s Doctoral Dissertation Contest. He will be presented an award at the annual DSI meeting this November in Arizona.

In addition to his research accolades, Narayanan recently received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Industrial Distribution Students Association during the 50th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Industrial Distribution Program.

Narayanan has been a noted speaker and educator at many professional conferences of organizations like Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and CSCMP. His teaching and research interests focus on supply chain management, industrial distribution, and mathematical programming and optimization.

Narayanan’s research has been published in the International Journal of Production Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Omega: The International Journal of Management Science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering at Anna University, Guindy, Madras; an MS in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University; and a PhD in supply chain management from A&M.

In addition, Narayanan has developed a classroom-friendly, online version of the “beer game,” which was demonstrated at the 2006 CSCMP Annual Conference in San Antonio. The game, a supply chain simulation that teaches concepts of logistics, is currently being played in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education classes at numerous universities.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has been the preeminent association for individuals involved in supply chain management since it was founded in 1963. CSCMP provides educational, career development, and networking opportunities to its over 9,000 members and to the entire profession.