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Universities of industrial distribution

The following universities offer degrees in Industrial Distribution or similar courses of study.

Alabama
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

California
University of Southern California

Georgia
Southern Polytechnic State University

Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indiana
Purdue University

Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky University

Michigan
Eastern Michigan University

Minnesota
Minnesota State University Moorhead

Nebraska
University of Nebraska at Kearney

New York
Clarkson University

North Carolina
East Carolina University

Ohio
The Ohio State University

Texas
Texas A & M University
University of Houston
The University of Texas at Tyler

Washington
Central Washington University

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Business
1150 Tenth Avenue, South
Birmingham, AL 35294-4460

Contact: Dr. Thomas E. DeCarlo
Professor and Ben S. Weil Endowed Chair
Phone: (205) 975-5810
E-mail: decarlo@uab.edu

Contact: Kristen Craig
Program Manager
(205) 975-5810
kcraig@uab.edu

Web: www.business.uab.edu

Description
Offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution, UAB's program is housed in nationally accredited schools of business and engineering and prepares individuals for entry level positions in sales, sales management, operations management and mid-management with distributors and manufacturing firms selling through wholesaler-distributors. The ID majors develop strengths in business, communications, information systems management, engineering and technology, human resources and professional selling. Developed through the financial support and participation of industry leaders in distribution and manufacturing, UAB's ID program prepares students with the tools that are most relevant to today's business practices.

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University of Southern California
Distribution Management
USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact: Dr. David W. Stewart
Chairperson, Department of Marketing
Phone: (213) 740-4050
Fax: (213) 740-7828
E-mail: david.stewart@marshall.usc.edu

Web: www.marshall.usc.edu

Description
The Marshall School of Business at USC offers a concentration for undergraduate business students that focuses on Distribution Management. This intensive concentration is the only one of its type offered by a leading business school in the Western United States. This concentration equips students with a thorough understanding of the theories, principles and innovative practices involved with Distribution Management.

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Southern Polytechnic State University
Industrial Engineering Technology
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060

Contact: Ruston Hunt
Department Chair and Systems Engineering Coordinator
(678) 915-7338
E-mail: rhunt@spsu.edu

Web: http://iet.spsu.edu/

Description
The field of Industrial Engineering Technology offers the student a challenging career in business, industry, or government. Industrial Engineering Technologists deal primarily with the efficient management of money, materials, and manpower in a business environment. They solve problems dealing with the location and layout of plant facilities, materials handling, work-station design, wage and salary payment plans, quality control, personnel selection and placement, occupational safety and health, and economic cost studies. To enable the graduate to solve such a wide variety of management problems, the curriculum of study will be broad and interesting.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Industrial Distribution Management Program
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Contact: Udatta S. Palekar
Director of Industrial Distribution Management Program
Phone: (217) 333-1665 
E-mail: palekar@uiuc.edu

Web: www.business.uiuc.edu/idm/

Description
Focuses on the distribution and manufacturing sectors of industrial activity, but not at the expense of a comprehensive business education. Admission to the program requires junior standing with a minimum grade point average of 4.5 (5.0 system) for the first 60 semester hours of undergraduate instruction at an accredited college. The program consists of 60 semester hours of junior-senior level courses divided between the College of Commerce and Business Administration and the College of Engineering. It is administered by the Department of Business Administration. Sufficient flexibility has been designed into the curriculum to permit those with advanced preparation or substantial practical knowledge to take advantage of their background and experience.

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Purdue University
Industrial Distribution Program
367 Knoy Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47909

Contact: Kathy Newton
Placement, Industrial Distribution Program
Phone: (765) 494-6080
Fax: (765) 494-0486
E-mail: kanewton@tech.purdue.edu

Web: www.tech.purdue.edu/it

Description
The Industrial Distribution program is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to serve the industrial distribution industry, one of the largest and fastest growing industrial segments in the U.S. and abroad. The Industrial Distribution curriculum provides students with a valuable blend of courses in industrial technology, distribution management, and business management. Purdue's program has established strong relationships with industry trade groups. Required technology courses include courses in material science, computer graphics, manual and automated manufacturing processes, and automatic identification and data capture. Courses in business and distribution management include industrial organizations, marketing, industrial sales and sales management, warehouse and inventory control, logistics and supply chain management, accounting and finance, and human resource management.

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Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Industrial Technology
Whalin Technology Complex
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475-3102

Contact: Dr. William E. Davis
Chairman, Dept. of Technology
Phone: (859) 622-3232
E-mail: ed.davis@cku.edu

Web: www.technology.eku.edu

Description
Graduates are prepared for professional careers in manufacturing industries and businesses. The Manufacturing Option prepares graduates for entry-level positions that include: manufacturing engineer, production engineer, industrial supervisor, industrial engineer, industrial technician, and quality engineer. The Industrial Distribution Option, that includes a Business minor, prepares graduates for positions in all aspects of industrial distribution including: manufacturing, warehouse management, sales and marketing, logistics, inventory and profit management and supply chains/distribution operations.

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Eastern Michigan University
College of Technology, IDT Department
122 Sill Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Contact: Robert Teehan
Program Coordinator, Industrial Distribution Degree Program
Phone: (734) 487-1161
Fax: (734) 487-7690
E-mail: rteehan@emich.edu

Web: http://emupaid.com/

Description
Eastern Michigan University is offering the nation's ONLY online degree completion program in Industrial Distribution. Graduates of this program will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution. The Industrial Distribution program is designed to expand the student's knowledge with concentration on sales, branch management, inventory/materials management, purchasing and logistics. Our degree program allows you to move up within the organization to a higher paying position. To learn more, visit us at http://www.emupaid.com/.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead
Technology Department
College of Business & Industry
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563

Contact: Dr. Wade T. Swenson
Professor Technology Department
Phone: (218) 477-2466
Fax: (218) 477-5958
E-mail: swenson@mnstate.edu

Web: www.mnstate.edu/technology/id/

Description
The Industrial Distribution program focuses on practical applications of technology and business with a career objective of either industrial sales/marketing or operations. Program objectives include: 1) development of problem solving skills 2) increased communications and team building skills and 3) organizational skills. The NAIT accredited program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a major in Industrial Distribution. 15-20 graduates per year.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney
College of Business and Technology
Industrial Technology Department
Kearney, NE 68849

Contact: Richard Meznarich, co-coordinator
Contact: Jim Toppen, co-coordinator
Phone: (308) 865-8504
Fax: (308) 865-8976
E-mail: meznarichra@unk.edu
E-mail: toppenjl@unk.edu
Web: www.unkid.org/

Description
The Industrial Distribution program at UNK prepares students for careers in engineering sales. Graduates receive entry-level positions in sales, sales management, account management, product management, purchasing and warehousing with industrial distributors or manufacturers.

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Clarkson University
Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management Program
Potsdam, NY 13699-5740

Contact: Mike Ensby
Director, Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management Program
Phone: (315) 268-6571
Fax: (315) 268-4478
E-mail: mhensby@clarkson.edu

Web: www.clarkson.edu/iem

Description
The Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management Program provides a strong foundation in engineering principles and mathematics, combined with a range of quantitative and qualitative managerial principles. Students receive a balance between engineering, calculus, physics, management, marketing, humanities, and social sciences. Engineering courses are problem-solving oriented in mechanical, electrical, fluids, materials science, and thermodynamics areas and are taken alongside students from the university's ABET-accredited engineering programs. This program prepares its graduates for a wide range of industries including manufacturing planning, production management, quality assurance, industrial engineering, applications engineering, project management, technical sales, marketing and purchasing/procurement. The freedom to choose from among seven elective "tracks" to develop a particular focus from either an engineering or business-related discipline allows for individualized flexibility, responsibility and personal growth. 60 graduates per year.

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East Carolina University
Department of Technology Systems
Distribution and Logistics Program
Greenville, NC 27858

Contact: Dr. Leslie Pagliari
Distribution and Logistics Program Coordinator
Phone: (252) 328-9663
E-mail: pagliaril@ecu.edu

Web: www.tecs.ecu.edu

Description
This program is industry and business-oriented with extensive hands-on training. Professionals are prepared for careers relating to distributor sales, technical sales management, manufacturer sales, branch management, purchasing, warehousing, inventory management, transportation, and supply chain management. Graduates obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution and Logistics with a minor in business administration. Students receive the Sales and Marketing Executives Distributor Sales Level 1 Certification and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics Certificate in Transportation and Logistics upon graduation. On average, there are 25-30 graduates per year. Internship required.

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The Ohio State University
Department of Marketing and Logistics
The Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact: Dr. Keely L. Croxton
Associate Professor of Logistics
Phone: (614) 292-6610
Fax: (614) 292-0440
E-mail: croxton_4@cob.osu.edu

Web: www.fisher.osu.edu

Description
Offering both an undergraduate degree in Transportation & Logistics and an MBA in Operations & Logistics Management, this program prepares students for the business world by providing them with a broad degree in business, with particular focus on issues in transportation and logistics. Many students double major in Marketing, Operations Management and Finance. All of these options provide a strong basis of preparation for work in the logistics arena. Graduates of this program are nationally recruited by major corporations, including manufacturers, retailers, carriers and other logistics service providers, and logistics consulting firms.

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Texas A & M University
Industrial Distribution Program
Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department
College Station, TX 77843-3367

Contact: Dr. F. Barry Lawrence
Program Coordinator, Industrial Distribution
Phone: (979) 845-4984
Fax: (979) 845-4980
E-mail: lawrence@entc.tamu.edu

Web: http://id.tamu.edu

Description
Texas A&M University offers a bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution. It leads to entry-level positions in sales, sales management and purchasing with industrial distributors and manufacturers. A Master of Industrial Distribution e-Distance Degree is also offered - providing industry professionals the next level of education in distribution.

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University of Houston
College of Technology
4800 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77204

Contact: Michael Gibson
Information and Logistics Technology Dept., Chair
Phone: (713) 743-5116
E-mail: mlgibson@uh.edu

Web: www.tech.uh.edu/Departments/Information_and_Logistics_Technology/

Description
Provides students with a strong background in technical marketing and management. Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter careers in distributor sales, manufacturer sales and management. The degree earned is a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution.

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The University of Texas at Tyler
Industrial Distribution Program
Department of Technology HPR 226
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, TX 75799

Contact: Dr. John N. Fabac
Advisor, ID Program
Phone: (903) 566-7186
Fax: (903) 566-4281
E-mail: jfabac@mail.uttyl.edu

Web: www.uttyler.edu/technology

Description
Industrial Distribution prepares students for supervisory responsibility in technical sales, marketing management, physical distribution and mid-management who purchase, sell, distribute and service a wide variety of industrial products. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree with an Industrial Distribution Option.

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Central Washington University
Industrial & Engineering Technology
400 E. 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7584

Contact: William Bender
Chairman, Industrial & Engineering Technology
Phone: (509) 963-1756
Fax: (509) 963-1795
E-mail: benderw@cwu.edu

Web: www.cwu.edu/~iet/

Description
Industrial Technology is a baccalaureate degree program designed to prepare individuals for technical managerial, production supervisory, and related types of professional leadership positions. The curriculum, even though built on technical education, has a balanced program of studies drawn from a variety of disciplines relating to industry. Included are a sound knowledge and understanding of materials and manufacturing processes, principles of distribution, and concepts of industrial management and human relations; experience in communications skills, humanities, and social sciences, and a proficiency level in the physical sciences, mathematics, design, and technical skills to permit the graduate to capably cope with typical technical managerial, and production problems.

Graduates enroll in the support and required courses, and then 'specialization' courses by advisement in an area of technical interest. Specializations in industry evolve with current technology, and some current examples are: Industrial Distribution, Microelectronics Manufacturing, Power Technology, Non-destructive Testing, Cast Metals / Metal Fabrication, and Wood Production / Composite Technology.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Business
Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1397

Contact: John R. (Jack) Nevin
Executive Director
Phone: (608) 262-8912
E-mail: jnevin@bus.wisc.edu

Contact: Verda A. Blythe
Director
Phone: (608) 262-1941
E-mail: vblythe@bus.wisc.edu

Web: www.graingercenter.com

Description
The Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides an integrated and experiential education in supply chain management. The program is dedicated to developing future leaders in the field, and it is supported by some of the finest companies in the world. IBM, Cisco Systems, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, W.W.Grainger, Proctor & Gamble, Motorola, and many other corporations not only actively recruit at the Center, but also take a hands-on interest in the development of the Center's program and students. 

The Grainger Center curriculum provides an end-to-end framework that encourages "systems" thinking by integrating marketing, product development, sourcing, planning, production, and logistics, and includes numerous out-of-the classroom learning experiences. The Center's 13-member Executive Advisory Board is the Center's link to industry, keeping the program at the forefront of business knowledge. As a vital part of the Grainger Center community, board members provide guidance and recruiting opportunities and participate in Center activities throughout the year. The Grainger Center offers an MBA and an undergraduate specialization in supply chain management.

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