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About The Axia Institute: Delivering Value Chain Solutions

The Axia Institute (formerly known as the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation) is a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, The Axia Institute conducts cross-disciplinary research, with input from our corporate partners, in areas such as value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety.

Partners for Success

Blending strong interdisciplinary capabilities, the Axia Institute partners with several organizations to ensure its research and other activities cover all facets of value chain creation. A Technical Advisory Board comprised of MSU and corporate partners helps set the Axia Institute research agenda.

Resource management, analytics, security and sustainability
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Eli Broad College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Social Science
School of Criminal Justice
School of Packaging
BEACON: An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution of Action

Comprehensive leadership
MSU Department of Supply Chain Management

Additional support
Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation
The Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Foundation
Dow Corning Corporation
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
Michigan State University
Charles J. Strosacker Foundation

Educational Focus

The Axia Institute offers several educational opportunities to advance knowledge of value chain creation:

  • Graduate studies
  • Non-degree courses
  • Lectures
  • Seminars – online and in Midland

Our Vision

The Axia Institute facilitates effective, sustainable value chains that provide both a competitive advantage for America and a critical path for the world to respond more successfully to human need. The Institute provides Midland and the Mid-Michigan region with world-class research and teaching programs that enhance value for stakeholders.

Advisory Boards

The Executive and Technical Advisory Boards provide leadership and direction for the Axia Institute.

Executive Advisory Board

  • Dr. David Closs, Michigan State University, John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration, Department of Supply Chain Management
  • Katherine Franz, Michigan State University, Executive Director, The Axia Institute
  • Dan Futter, The Dow Chemical Company, Commercial Vice President, Dow Consumer Solutions
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Michigan State University, Dean, Eli Broad College of Business
  • Dr. Ronald L. Hendrick, Michigan State University, Dean, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Greg Jozwiak, The Dow Chemical Company, Corporate Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain
  • Dr. Leo Kempel, Michigan State University, Dean, College of Engineering
  • J. Donald Sheets, Former Vice Chair, Dow Corning Corporation and newly appointed Executive-in-Residence, The Axia Institute

Technical Advisory Board

  • Donald Buchalski, Michigan State University, Business Development Director, The Axia Institute
  • Dr. David Closs, Michigan State University, John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration, Department of Supply Chain Management
  • Clark Cummings, The Dow Chemical Company, R&D Director – Intellectual Capital and Strategic Accounts
  • Katherine Franz, Michigan State University, Executive Director, The Axia Institute
  • Brad Gray, The Dow Chemical Company, Vice President, Global Purchasing
  • Dr. Daniel Reaume, The Dow Chemical Company, Senior Manager and Lead Scientist, Advanced Analytics
  • Dr. Fred Rodammer, Michigan State University, Assistant Professor, Accounting & Information Systems
  • Dr. Joan Rose, Michigan State University, Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Dr. Susan Selke, Michigan State University, Director, School of Packaging
  • Dr. John P. Verboncoeur, Michigan State University, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
  • Dr. John Wassick, The Dow Chemical Company, Fellow, Supply Chain Expertise Center


Bahar Aliakbarian, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Tel: 989‐423‐2049

Donald L. Buchalski
Business Development Director
Tel: 989‐423‐2048

Katherine A. Franz
Executive Director
Tel: 989‐423‐2045

Amanpreet Kaur, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Tel: 989‐423‐2047

Karol Miller
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 989‐423-2046

Eli Broad College of Business

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