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Welcome to the Center for Supply Chain Entrepreneurship

The Center for Supply Chain Entrepreneurship connects local, national, and international businesses to collaborate with NMSU College of Business faculty and students. The objective is to drive, create, and enhance supply chain entrepreneurial activity in the areas of: 

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Business Analytics 

Current Projects

Spaceport Benchmarking Study 

The purpose of this study is to benchmark and rank spaceports across the United States using various analytical methods. An exciting study considering the heterogenicity of US spaceports and the nascency of this industry. 

Native American Agricultural Fund 2022

In collaboration with the American Indian Business Enterprise (AIBE) Center, the Center for Supply Chain Entrepreneurship will provide services in resilience-based supply chains to Native American farmers/ranchers. Our Support includes Supply Chain Analysis, Inventory forecasting, and Business Analytics. 


Our Ph.D. Students



 Saba Rudsari 

Saba is a Ph.D. candidate at New Mexico State University, the College of Business, in the Management Department. She had her environmental master's degree and MBA from NMSU and currently serves as a college assistant professor at the college of engineering. Before joining the Ph.D. program, her prior experience included working as the project manager and structural engineer in the Management office for Physical Resources in Iran's Ministry of Health. She also worked as an advisor and the counter manager of Clinique in the U.S., the 4D- printing project's entrepreneur lead (Aggie I-CORPS), and the program specialist (ERC Environmental Design Contest) in the College of Engineering at NMSU. Saba's research interests extended to supply chain instability, disruption, and resilience.



 Jimoh Fatoki

Jim Fatoki is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Management, College of Business, NMSU. He bagged his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering with first class and distinction (top 5% of the class) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Before starting a Ph.D., he worked as a Research Assistant at the Lagos Business School operations management unit. His research focuses on supply chain management and business analytics. Jim was selected as one of the top scholars for the 2021 Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) program; and received the prestigious College of Business David M. Boje and Grace Ann Rosile Storytelling Research Endowment Scholarship. In 2022, he won the university’s outstanding graduate assistant award.


Kaverinathan (Kevin) Dhanapal

Kaverinathan (Kevin) Dhanapal is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management, College of Business at New Mexico State University, with a focus in Supply Chain management and entrepreneurship. He has a decade of Project Management experience in the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) discipline. He also has International project execution experience and PMP certification from PMI. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Kevin earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the PSG College of Technology as well as M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Oklahoma. His research interests include Supply Chain Resilience, Optimization and Supply Chain Entrepreneurship.



Omar Farooq

Omar Farooq, MBA, is a new student in the Ph.D. program at New Mexico State University, focusing on Supply Chain and Operations Management. Over the past five years, Omar has held a variety of positions in the Canadian financial services industry, focusing on relationship development. His concentration during his MBA was in International Markets, where he worked closely with partners across North and Latin America to improve business efficiency. Omar's research primarily focuses on supply chain optimization and enterprise risk management.





Tola Okunola

Prior to joining the NMSU PhD cohort in 2022, Tola has spent significant time in the FMCG and the Integrated Oil & Gas Industry with expertise spanning process and production operations knowledge areas.

He was part of the team that executed the $4B Forcados-Yokri integrated production & flare reduction project in Nigeria. Tola holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and an MBA from Lagos Business School in Nigeria.

Tola’s research interests straddle the intersections between supply chain management, project management and business analysis with special emphasis on requirements elicitation and stakeholder management.