M.A. Venkataramanan is a university professor at the Drucker School of Management. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, University of Madras in India. He received his PhD in Business Analysis and Research from Texas A&M University in 1987 and joined the Kelley School of Business faculty that same year.
Venkataramanan served as the chair of the Operations and Decision Technologies department from 1997 to 2003, the Lawrence D. Glaubinger Chair of Business Administration and Chair, Undergraduate Programs from 2005 to 2009, and Associate Dean-Academic Programs from 2009 to 2012. In October 2012, he was appointed Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives for Indiana University Bloomington, promoted to Vice Provost of Finance and Strategy in 2016, and to Executive Vice Provost for Finance, Budget and Strategy in 2021.
As executive vice provost for finance, budget, and strategy, Venkataramanan oversaw a $1.8 billion campus budget, including developing the fiscal strategy for the campus and managing the budget process for all academic units as well as fiscal operations and program management for campus auxiliaries. Venkataramanan was also responsible for campus strategic initiatives, including strengthening globalization opportunities for faculty and students, creating new graduate multidisciplinary programs and online graduate certificates and degrees, optimizing campus funding models, and developing the fiscal and organizational strategies that allow the university to achieve key goals, such as generating new revenues, strengthening the research mission, diversifying the faculty, and increasing access to education for underrepresented students, among many others.
His research and teaching interests are in the areas of operations and supply chain management, decision support systems and optimization techniques. He has published over fifty research articles in leading journals and author of a book. He has developed innovative curricula and has won more than ten teaching-related awards.
Co-authored with K. Ernstberger. “Announcing the Engagement of Sudoku: An In-class Genetic Algorithm Game,” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. Vol. 16, No. 3 (2018).
Co-authored with K. Ernstberger. “Liberal Learning Through the Decision Sciences Curriculum,” Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2015).
Co-authored K. Bretthauer, and S. Mahar. “The Value of Virtual Pooling in Dual Sales Channel Supply Chains,” European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 192 (2009): 1294-1304