Marquette names industry veteran Manoj Babu to lead nationally ranked Center for Supply Chain Management

May 19, 2020

Dr. Manoj BabuMILWAUKEE — Dr. Manoj Babu has been named director of Marquette University’s Center for Supply Chain Management. Currently an instructor of practice in Marquette’s College of Business Administration with an extensive background in industry and higher education, he will begin in his new role July 1.

As director, Babu will be responsible for leading one of the college’s flagship centers, which is currently ranked in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News and World Report, Gartner Inc., and SCM World. The center also produces the popular monthly Marquette ISM Manufacturing Survey.

“Dr. Babu’s experience in leading cross-disciplinary teams, training, strategic planning and development make him an ideal choice to lead one of the College of Business Administration’s most visible and nationally recognized programs,” said Tim Hanley, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration. “He has been working in post-secondary college settings for the past six years in increasing roles of administrative responsibility, while working directly with community and industry leaders with specific interest in management and operations and supply chain sector. He comes with a great network of industry contacts and experience fundraising and leading teams.”

Prior to teaching, Babu worked in engineering and management for Citation, Case New Holland and Daimler-Chrysler. He has formal training and industry experience in Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, operations and continuous improvement.

"I am extremely honored and excited to join the Marquette Center for Supply Chain Management team,” said Babu. “My main focus is to create value-added opportunities for our student population and build sustainable relationships with our industry partners. It's a privilege to be working with faculty, staff and administration in this amazing role."

Babu’s teaching experience is wide-ranging, having taught undergraduate and graduate courses in management, human resources, leadership and supply chain at Gateway Technical College, Carthage College, UW-Parkside and Marquette. He also served as the associate dean of business and IT, and dean of manufacturing, engineering and transportation at Gateway.

Babu has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Marquette and a Ph.D. in management from Case Western Reserve University.

Marquette's Center for Supply Chain Management prepares students through real-world experience and applied learning. The center is more than a place of academic excellence — it is a driver of industry. Located in Milwaukee, a vibrant and diverse manufacturing and business services area, the center ensures that students benefit from deep industry relationships.

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