Giving to the Industrial Distribution Program

The Industrial Distribution Program was created and maintained by the industry throughout its history. The program wouldn’t exist without industry support. This support has come in many forms: recruitment, funding for research and knowledge advancement, and perhaps most importantly, through generous gifts and endowments that have enabled the program to grow more rapidly than otherwise possible. These endowments have supported scholarships for students, laboratory developments for educational purposes, faculty development, research, and a multitude of other necessary operational needs. In addition to creating these capabilities, the generosity of industry clearly demonstrates the value of the Industrial Distribution Program. That value translates into support for our students and our faculty at all levels at Texas A&M University. As generous as industry has been to the Industrial Distribution Program, the program’s rapid growth and the increasing sophistication of the distribution industry creates new challenges for maintaining a high level of educational excellence for our students. We want to thank the many generous individuals and corporations who have built this program, and offer through this document opportunities for those who love the Industrial Distribution Program and value its student to continue supporting its development.

Why give?

An endowment fund is the gift that keeps on giving by creating an everlasting source of money to fund facility and program improvements, faculty research projects, and other opportunities within the Industrial Distribution Program as the grantor designates. The principal amount of the endowment fund is invested while part of the earnings are utilized to ensure the longevity of the Industrial Distribution Program and positively impact future students and graduates. The remaining income is reinvested in the fund, helping its value stay ahead of inflation so the endowment will always provide the same benefits as it did when first created.

Program Needs

Legacy Impact

ID BuildingIndustrial Distribution Building: The program needs a large modern facility with classrooms, conference facilities, and research offices to continue its expansion and growth. This building can be named after the sponsor as a brick and mortar symbol of its significance.

Supply Chain LabGlobal Supply Chain Laboratory: An endowment to name the Global Supply Chain Laboratory will privde the support needed to continue distribution research to explore broader topics and supply bridge funds between projects.

Sbisa HallEnterprise Integration & Innovation Laboratory (EIL) at Sbisa Hall: This laboratory consists of three fexible studios to support an industry-specific, technology-specific and process-specific learning environment. An endowment to name the laboratory will provide a perpetual financial resource for student support, equipment upgrades and operational support.

Executive Conference CenterExecutive Conference Center at Sbisa Hall: Used for Professional Development Programs, Research Consortiums and industry events, an endowment to name the conference center will provide funds for support staff, operational needs and technology updates.

Research Impact

GLobal Supply Chain LaboratoryGlobal Supply Chain Laboratory: Bringing cutting-edge distribution and supply research solutions to industry, an endowment to the Global Supply Chain Laboratory will enhance the ability to develop solutions for future distribution industry challenges as well as support growth.

Latin AmericaLatin America Research: Since 2008, the Industrial Distribution Program has expanded its research, professional development and educational programs into Mexico and Latin American countries. An endowment will support research, travel, and operational needs realted to the program’s activities in these countries.

Undergraduate ResearchUndergraduate Research: Involving undergraduates in research wil create graduates capable of transforming companies as well as improve undergraduates knowledge delivery. An endowment will provide financial support for undergraduate research programs, summer internships and operational support.

Charitable ResearchCharitable Research: True to the core values at Texas A&M University, the Industrial Distribution Program works with charitable organizations such as food banks and Habitat-for-Humainity to improve their operations. An endowment will provide matching funds to subsize the cost as our program lends its research expertise and knowledge to help these organziations improve their distrubition operations.

Education Impact

Study AbroadGlobal Distribution Study Abroad Program: Global study creates leades with a broad understanding of international citizenry and competance in global business operations. An endowment will offset the expenses and support travel and program expenses while conducting the summer study abroad program.

MID ProgramMaster of Industrial Distribution: The only distribution focused graduate degree in the nation, an endowment will suport marketing and operational efforts for the Master of Industrial Distribution Program.

Sigma DeltaSigma Delta-Leadership Endowment: The honor society for the Industrial Distribution Program, Sigma Delta represents the top students within the program. An endowment will provide support to these students for travel to trade shows and create opportunity for them to participate in industry events.

P.A.I.D.Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (P.A.I.D.): One of the largest student body organizations on the Texas A&M campus, P.A.I.D. maintains a constant link between industry and students in the Industrial Distribution Program. An endowment will support P.A.I.D.’s operations during industry downturns.

Industrial Distribution Student Activities Fund

Student Activities FundThese funds are used to support the annual activities of industrial distribution students. This account enables students to take the initiative to arrange many events including banquets, social events, business meetings, power lunches and speakers. These activities provide an environment outside of the classroom for students to meet their professors and fellow students and have significant discussion with individuals from industry. (Click to donate).

Contact Information

If you are interested in contributing to the Industrial Distribution Program please contact:

F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator,
Industrial Distribution Program3367 TAMU, Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3367Office: (979) 845-1463
Mobile: (979) 571-5513
Fax: (979) 845-4980
Hunter Slaton
Assistant Director of Development,
Texas A&M Foundation707 Eastmark Dr, suite 230,
3126 TAMU,
College Station, TX 77843-3126
Office: (979) 458-2512
Mobile: (979) 777-6412