Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam

Associate Professor

Malini Natarajarathinam

Phone: (979) 845-6766
Email: malini@tamu.edu

Associate Professor

Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department
Office: 203D Fermier
Phone: (979) 845-6766
Fax: (979) 845-4980

Classes Taught:

  • IDIS 420 – Electronic Distribution Networks
  • IDIS 424 – Purchasing Applications in Distribution
  • IDIS 624 – Strategic Relationships of Industrial Distributors
  • IDIS 685 – Directed Studies

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Coordinated Decision Making in Stochastic Supply Chains
  • Handing Supply Chains During Times of Crisis
  • Optimizing Global Supply Chains
  • Effect of Good Supply Chain Practices on Company Financial Health
  • Logistics and Inventory Management
  • Simulation and Empirical Studies


  • PhD in Operations Management, University of Alabama, 2007
  • MS in Applied Statistics, University of Alabama, 2006
  • MA in Management Science, University of Alabama, 2005
  • MS in Industrial Engineering, Auburn University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, 2000



Malini Natarajarathinam is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Distribution in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from Anna University, her MS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, her MA in Management Science and MS in Applied Statistics from The University of Alabama and her PhD from The University of Alabama. Before coming to Academia, she worked with several automotive companies on transportation, material handling and decision analysis systems.
Malini’s research interests include coordinated decision making in stochastic supply chains, handling supply chains during times of crisis and optimizing global supply chains. Her current research involves empirical studies to show the effect of good supply chain practices on the financial health of a company. She is the author of many peer-reviewed journal articles and case studies. She serves as a referee for many journals and is a member of various editorial boards. Her research and teaching activities have been supported by various government organizations and companies. She is a member of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) and CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals).