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Program Faculty

Purdue courses are taught by faculty of the Agricultural Economics Department of the College of Agriculture. Instructors have substantial research and publication records, and many have experience as consultants to corporations and government agencies.

Allan Gray

Director and Professor

Allan Gray serves as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. Allan’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision making in uncertain environments and simulation.  Full Bio

 

Jay Akridge

Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Jay Akridge, founder of the MS-MBA program, was appointed the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture in January 2009. As dean, he is responsible for administering academic programs in the College of Agriculture as well as Extension services and state regulatory services. FULL BIO

 

 

Mike BoehljeMike Boehlje

Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Mike Boehlje is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. Mike has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policymakers understand the pragmatic economic and financial consequences of their decisions. FULL BIO

Joan Fulton

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Joan Fulton teaches marketing and price analysis at the graduate level. Her research examines the impact of alternative organizational structures and has involved extensive work with agricultural cooperatives. FULL BIO

 

Marshall Martin

Professor, Deptartment of Agricultural Economics

Marshall Martin is the associate director of agricultural research programs and a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. Marshall is a specialist in agricultural policy, international trade and technology assessment (especially biotechnology and pesticide use). FULL BIO

 

Phil Abbott

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Philip Abbott is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He teaches courses on mathematical programming, international trade, trade policy and agricultural development, macroeconomics and mathematical economics. His current research focuses on international trade and international agricultural development, and four of his students have won national awards for the quality of their dissertations. FULL BIO

Mike Gunderson

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Michael Gunderson joined Purdue University as an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics in August 2012. In addition to his responsibilities teaching in Purdue’s undergraduate and graduate classrooms on campus, Mike is also heavily involved in designing, developing and delivering non-credit, professional development programs through the department’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. FULL BIO

  The opportunity to build a Capstone case study upon an idea that is of my company’s interest, which has attracted support from cooperators, and has the potential to become a real business case, has made a huge difference to me, and the unconditional support my company is providing for this program. The confluence of different types of assets towards designing, shaping, analyzing and  ... READ MORE  

Carlos Iglesias

Head Cereals Research - Syngenta
MS-MBA Class of 2012-2014

  The opportunity to build a Capstone case study upon an idea that is of my company’s interest, which has attracted support from cooperators, and has the potential to become a real business case, has made a huge difference to me, and the unconditional support my company is providing for this program.

The confluence of different types of assets towards designing, shaping, analyzing and reporting the Capstone ideas and results makes this MS-MBA program unique. Through the Capstone process, I had to heavily rely on the help from several professors at Purdue and IU. I also have taken lots of elements from prior courses in designing the case, running the analysis and building towards a final report.

I look back and I think how lucky I have been to pick the right idea, at the right time, and with the right people to work with. Having a network of professors, advisors and colleagues from whom I can draw support, knowledge and guidance is a cornerstone for success in testing ideas like this within our MS-MBA program. Both my company and our partners rely on that; and because of that, they are willing to move forward from the computer models, to pilot testing, to real business opportunities.  

Carlos Iglesias

Head Cereals Research - Syngenta
MS-MBA Class of 2012-2014