Florida Southern Announces New Endowed Chair In Logistics


fscLAKELAND – (November 5, 2018) Dr. Deepak Iyengar, associate professor of business at Florida Southern College, has been appointed to the David P. and Constance W. Lyons Endowed Chair in Logistics in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise.

Dr. Iyengar brings an expertise in the area of supply chain management, an important new discipline within the School’s academic program.

Dean of the School of Business and Free Enterprise, Dr. James W. Fenton, Jr., said Dr. Iyengar is “a seasoned academic with an internationally known reputation as an exceptional teacher and scholar. He has led and mentored over 100 student projects in the areas of supply chain management and process-improvement methodologies. His teaching is complemented by his outstanding published research in journals including Decision Sciences, Transportation Journal, Journal of Business Logistics, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.”

One of Dr. Iyengar’s main academic goals at Florida Southern is to build up the current supply chain concentration in the MBA program, “to strengthen it with the addition of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, a data-based methodology to reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction, which involves training and business projects,” he said.

Also on Dr. Iyengar’s agenda is the potential establishment of an academic program at the undergraduate and graduate levels in supply chain management, “and to work with local companies, to have them participate in mentoring projects at FSC,” he says. “The aim, ultimately, is to provide an avenue for students to work in supply chain management, locally as well as nationally.”

Prior to Dr. Iyengar’s academic appointment at FSC, he was a member of the faculty in the College of Business at Central Washington University, Ellensburg; the Indian Institute of Management, Indore; Qatar University, Doha; and Gatton College of Business and Economics at University of Kentucky, Lexington. He earned his Ph.D. in the area of logistics and supply chain management from the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, in 2005. He has a Master’s degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, in New Delhi, and Bachelors of Commerce (Honors) from Osmania University, in his hometown of Hyderabad, India.

Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Iyengar worked for Glaxo India Limited (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Group Usha.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.