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Two faculty members from Michigan State University were selected by the the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive the prestigious Fulbright awards last week.
Anand Nair and Srinivas Talluri earned the University Distinguished Chair and Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics awards, respectively. Both are members of the Eli Broad College of Business Supply Chain Management. The scholarships they have earned are part of an award system to give American scholars the opportunity to lecture and research abroad.
“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,” Sanjay Gupta, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business, said. “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 will be headed to Aalto University in Finland, while Talluri will be headed for the Hanken School of Economics. In conjunction with the grants, the doctors will also give public talks and mentor students while they conduct their own research.
“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, on the other hand, is more focused on risk mitigation.
“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.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Scholar Program seeks to entwine U.S. academics with international opportunities–a sort of public diplomacy program that functions as an academic exchange program.