Two Michigan State University professors from the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Eli Broad College of Business have received awards from the Fulbright Program, which provides American scholars with the opportunity to lecture and conduct research internationally.
Anand Nair earned the Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair Award and Srinivas Talluri earned the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program’s primary goal is to facilitate collaboration among international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic and scientific fields.
“As Fulbright Scholars, Dr. Nair and Dr. Talluri’s prestigious appointments raise the bar for faculty reputation and thought leadership at the Broad College of Business,” said Sanjay Gupta, dean of the Eli Broad College of Business. “They represent the scholastic excellence and innovation we pride ourselves in, and I am honored knowing that they will represent our college to global academic communities.”
Nair’s grant will take him to Aalto University in Finland, a multidisciplinary university known for integrating the arts, technology, science and business.
“I aim to focus my research on network-based environmental innovations that can help in developing advanced energy solutions,” Nair said. “My research will particularly examine supply chain considerations associated with developing advanced energy solutions and will address issues associated with materials and sustainable use of natural resources.”
Talluri will represent the Broad College at Hanken School of Economics, an internationally accredited university in Finland known for its research in economics and business administration.
“My work focuses on risk mitigation to enhance sustainability of supply chains,” Talluri said. “Specifically, I will be addressing questions relating to what specific mitigation strategies appease risk and are also sustainable in the long-run for businesses to thrive, what specific strategies are socially responsible and sustainable, and whether tradeoffs exist between risk mitigation strategies in terms of cost, risk and sustainability.”
Nair and Talluri were selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a presidentially appointed 12-member board responsible for supervising the Fulbright Program worldwide. As part of their recognition, the professors will collaborate with the Fulbright Board and faculty at partnering universities to develop curriculum and research, give public talks and mentor students.