Episode 22: What is Industrial Distribution and the 7 trillion dollar industry?

Bimal Nepal, Associate Professor in the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University, joins Traci on today’s podcast to discuss the $7 trillion industry. Dr. Nepal’s research interests cover a wide range of topics in industrial distribution and manufacturing. Those include: inventory management, lean six-sigma, pricing optimization, supplier management, transportation optimization, production and operations analysis, quality and reliability, and new product development.

Bimal and Traci discuss the impact and skillset industrial distribution students gain and the steps Texas A&M is doing to connect higher education to industry. Dr. Nepal talks about how lean six sigma research will help optimize manufacturing and the diversity/inclusion of women in STEM.