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Part of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University is revered and respected as the best distribution program in the nation. This Program was built and continues to grow through the support of industry. The faculty, staff and current students work hard with the industry to maintain the Program’s status and increase its ability to deliver a world-class education. Our mission is simple:

  • Provide a comprehensive engineering and business curriculum to students seeking a career in the field of distribution.
  • Ensure students receive hands on education through modern laboratories, guest lectures, field trips, and study abroad programs.
  • Maintain relevant partnerships with industry that promote Program growth through research initiatives and active participation in our program.

Our faculty is second to none, providing up to date insight through research on distribution operations around the world. Through industry support, an active student association, and dedicated faculty and staff, the Industrial Distribution Program breaks new ground daily, bringing new knowledge and opportunity to our students. We invite you to find out how we can be a part of your future.

F. Barry Lawrence

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Director, Thomas & Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education,
  • Director, Global Supply Chain Laboratory,
  • Leonard & Valerie Bruce Professor
F. Barry Lawrence

Distribution Industry

Distribution is one of the largest sectors of the U.S. Economy with more than $7 trillion dollars in sales from more than 500,000 companies employing more than 6 million employees.


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