Building on the skills he first learned while pursuing a Masters’ degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, Arun Adat is now in his second decade of a successful career at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a Fortune 500 company.
While at UH, Adat completed his Masters’ degree while studying with Dr. Ali K. Kamrani. His thesis topic was “A Simulation-Based Methodology to Measure and Analyze the Required Inventory due to Product Proliferation,” and he co-authored three papers. Adat now serves as a Supply Chain Leader for HPE.
“Over the past decade, I have held multiple roles in HPE’s Global Operations Organization, spanning Procurement, Product Engineering, New Product Introductions and Supply Chain Strategy,” he said. “In my current role at HPE, I serve as the Supply Chain Leader for HPE’s IT transformation program aimed at streamlining, simplifying and standardizing critical business processes.”
Adat also gives back to the university, participating in the Industrial Advisory Board for Industrial Engineering.
“I was nominated by [Department Chairman] Dr. Geno Lim to join the board,” Adat said. “The board offers industry perspectives on current courses and feedback on student’s capstone projects. The board also assists with recruitment activities for graduate and undergraduate students.”
Lim brought up Adat’s energy and advocacy for the Industrial Engineering Department when he was a student as reasons why he would be an effective board member.
“Mr. Adat has been a strong advocate for the IE department since he was student here at UH,” Lim said. “He is energetic and forward thinking, and cares so much about the success of the department and UH. When I was looking for a new generation of IAB board member candidates, it did not take much time for me to invite him to join the distinguished group of leaders in the Houston community.”
Adat pointed at UH’s programs and a scholarship offer as primary reasons why he attended the university.
“Manufacturing and Operations have always been my passion,” he said. “I was attracted to the UoH program because of the strong faculty and course work in manufacturing and operations research. I was also fortunate to get a full scholarship from the university to pursue my masters and thesis. I graduated in 2005, and the UofH program has provided me the foundation to be a confident operations professional.”