Dr. Ravindran is a Professor and past Department Head of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University since 1997. Formerly, he was a faculty member in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University for 13 years (1969-82) and at the University of Oklahoma for 15 years (1982-97). At Oklahoma, he served as the Director of the school of Industrial Engineering for 8 years and as the Associate Provost of the university for 7 years with responsibility for budget, personnel and space for the academic area. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors from India. His graduate degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Dr. Ravindranís area of specialization is Operations Research with research interests in multiple criteria decision-making, financial engineering, healthcare delivery systems and supply chain optimization. He has published 6 books

And over 100 journal articles in operations research. His most recent book on Supply Chain Engineering received the Institute of Industrial Engineers Book-of-the-Year Award in 2013.

Dr. Ravindran is a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). In 2001, he was recognized by IIE with the Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator award for significant contributions to the industrial engineering profession by an educator. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Engineering from the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society. He has been a consultant to AT&T, CNH America, General Motors, IBM, Kimberly Clark, General Electric, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association and the U.S. Air Force.