By Caroline Brooks
Two Michigan State University faculty from the Broad College of Business’ Supply Chain Management department were selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a presidentially appointed 12-member Board responsible for supervising the Fulbright Program worldwide, for Fulbright awards.
“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, Eli and Edythe L. Broad 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,” Gupta said.
The separate Fulbright Chair awards provide American scholars the opportunity to lecture and conduct research internationally. Dr. Nair’s grant will take him to Aalto University in Finland, a multidisciplinary university known integrating the arts, technology, science and business. Dr. Talluri will represent the Broad College at Hanken School of Economics, a leading, internationally accredited university known for its research in economics and business administration, international orientation, and its internationally competitive graduates. Hanken ranks fifth in a global university ranking on research and research linkages.
As part of their awards, Nair and Talluri will collaborate with the Fulbright Board and partnering universities’ faculty to develop his curriculum and research, and will be asked to give public talks, and mentor students.
“I aim to focus my research on network-based environmental innovations that can help in developing advanced energy solutions. 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,” Nair said. “The research project will involve a multi-method approach encompassing qualitative methods, statistical analysis of secondary data, and simulation modeling,” he said.
“My work focuses on risk mitigation to enhance sustainability of supply chains. 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,” Talluri said.
“In addition to representing the U.S. in this prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Scholar Program’s primary purpose is as a public diplomacy initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Fulbright Scholars have the opportunity to work collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic, and scientific fields,” said Jeffrey L. Bleich, chair of the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. “By engaging in local communities on Fulbright exchanges, Scholars exemplify the qualities of service, leadership, and excellence that have been hallmarks of this Program for 70 years.”