Students and Faculty

Purdue is currently home to 1898 Indian students—881 undergraduates and 1017 graduate and professional program students. Purdue’s Indian students hail from every major metropolitan area in India and from Indian students on six continents. Indian students now represent 20.4% of our international student body—up from 18.2% last year. Indian students play an active role in campus activities. Indian Graduate Students at Purdue (IGRASP) is a campus cultural organization that aims to build a sense of community away from home for Indian graduate students at Purdue by easing the initial transition to U.S. university life while celebrating the major Indian holidays. Visit their website or Facebook page: The Purdue India Undergraduate Welfare Association has similar aims. For their latest activities and news, check out their website at or their Facebook page at:

Purdue has several other clubs and associations that are geared toward Indian students and/or celebrate Indian culture. Check them out:

Student Profile

Preethi Krishnan

Preethi Krishnan is a PhD candidate who works with Dr. Mangala Subramaniam, Associate Professor in the Sociology Department. She moved to the US 2011. Preethi completed her undergraduate education in electrical engineering in Kerala India in 2003, and then earned a degree in Human Resources Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai in 2006. After working in the corporate world for four years, Preethi shifted to work at a non-profit research organization in Bangalore before joining Purdue. While her career has seen a number of changes, her interest in gender and social change has been the common thread throughout, including in her dissertation project. Her dissertation focuses on social movements for food rights in India, particularly those led by women associated with a government initiative for food and nutrition for children. She is excited to begin her field work in India for this project!

Preethi is passionate about gender equality and promoting positive social change. For her Master’s analytical project in Sociology, she analyzed domestic violence cases in the Supreme Court of India and has published two papers along with her adviser. As a sociologist, it is critical to understand social problems. However, it is in the resilience and resistance of marginalized people that she finds hope. While several scholars have analyzed social movements in India, local level resistance is quite under theorized in social movement literature. She hopes that her research will help policy makers and activists make informed policy decisions.

While her research interests are largely focused on India, she is grateful for the amazing learning journey she has had at Purdue. Preethi would like to remind prospective Indian students that a PhD in the US is not just about jumping through the hoops of the course requirements, but also about getting used to American academic culture. She was part of a very diverse international cohort and her class discussions brought fascinating insights from different parts of the world. At Purdue, one can be a part of a diverse community if one wishes to! At the same time, groups such as the Indian Graduate Student Association at Purdue (IGRASP) are spaces for Indian students to connect with other Indian students. IGRASP’s Facebook page is a useful platform for Indian students to get information on all kinds of things that will help them adjust to Purdue. Personally, she cannot do without Indian food! Lafayette has a number of Indian restaurants and, most importantly, she can cook almost anything Indian, thanks to the Asian grocery stores. Food goes a long way in developing friendships!! Some of her closest Indian friendships at Purdue resulted from friendly neighborly invites for biryani and fantastic roommates (thanks to IGRASP)!

Faculty Profile

Ananth V. Iyer

Professor Ananth V Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He is currently the Director of Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME) and the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI)—a position he also held from 2005-2011. Since July 2012, he has been the faculty director of PurdueNExT, an online learning initiative. Professor Iyer was the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University from 2011-2013.  He was a 2011 ACE Fellow and a Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 1999-2004.

Professor Iyer’s teaching and research interests are operations and supply chain management. His work currently focuses on analysis of supply chains including the modeling of spare parts supply chains, auto industry supply chains, the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building. 

Professor Iyer’s research focused on Indian contexts includes papers on the average productivity impact of Total Quality Management initiatives by Indian companies, book chapters on the coordination between suppliers and OEMs in India, the use of Indian artisans by Italian designers, a study of the stockist system of distribution in India (working paper) and current work on modeling operations related decision making at the Kumbh Mela.  

He has authored or co-authored four books: Managing Supply Chains, Toyota Supply Chain Management, Managing Supply Chains on the Silk Road, and Orchestrating Supply Chain Opportunities. His published papers have appeared in numerous scholarly journals; he was Senior Editor at the POMS Journal and has also served as an editor and editorial board member of several other Management publications. Prior to joining the Krannert faculty in 1996, Professor Iyer taught at the University of Chicago. He has been affiliated with the Production and Distribution Research Center at Georgia Tech, and provided consultant services to Daymon Associates, Sara Lee, Turner Broadcasting, Dade Behring, Case New Holland and others. He served the Chicago community as a pro bono consultant to the Chicago School System and the Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department.

Ananth Iyer has a PhD from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University and a B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

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