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Subbu Kumarappan

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Technical Institute
1328 Dover Road
Halterman 089A
Wooster, OH  44691
Phone: 330-287-1261
Fax: 330-287-1333




Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University (spring 2011) Agri Business Strategy and Management (major); Environmental and Resource Economics, Advanced Agricultural Economics (minor)


M.S. Economics, Iowa State University, 2001-03

Research: Optimal size of corn ethanol plants under crude oil price uncertainty


M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Punjab Agricultural University, India, 1997-99

Thesis: Production and consumption patterns of major products in Punjab


B.Sc. Agriculture, Annamalai University, India, 1993-1997



Assistant Professor, Ohio State University (ATI), October 2010 – till present

  • Taught undergraduate courses in principles of microeconomics (#2 sessions), farm management (#1), agricultural marketing (#2), business marketing (4), accounting (#1), small business management (#1)


Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University, August 2004 – September 2010

  • Designed a carbon trading scheme for biofuel producers in North America
  • Biomass supply and feedstock contracting issues for biofuel production – project supported by the General Motors Corporation of North America


Dissertation topics: Overall objective is to evaluate the role of biomass, energy crops in particular, for lignocellulosic biofuel production. Specific topics include: Regional competitiveness of energy crops under crude oil price volatility; Biomass supply for biofuel production in the US; Optimal feedstock composition for a biorefinery

Other Research: Speculation in corn ethanol investments; GHG trading potential for biofuel sector; Strategic plans for a biofuel plant and state of Michigan; Torrefied biomass for co-burn with coal; mercury emissions from power plants; surveyed the willingness to pay (WTP) for ethanol blended gasoline, sustainability indicators for higher educational institutions


Instructor, Hillsdale College, Michigan (August 2008 – December 2008)

  • Taught undergraduate class in Industrial Organization (ECO 323) for juniors and seniors with a focus on entrepreneurship and Austrian economics



Internship, Centrec Consulting Group, Savoy, Illinois (June 2006 – August 2006)

  • Synthesis of strategic plan for the knowledge leadership of Michigan State University in the emerging bio-economy
  • Evaluated alternative biofuel technologies, products and investment feasibility


Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University, August 2001 – July 2004

  • Analyzed energy consumption pattern in the US agriculture and food industry
  • Teaching assistance in 7 different courses (introductory and intermediate microeconomics, macroeconomics, and agricultural marketing)
  • Econ help room assignment, Grading, Design of web based communication


Farm Manager, VK Farms, Tanjore Delta, South India, 2001

  • Management of sugarcane, paddy, coconut fields


Field Officer - Trainee, Thiru Arooran Sugars, Tanjore Delta, South India, 1999-2000

  • Management of sugarcane supply chain activities from 3 sub-divisions




@ Peer reviewed


  1. Subbu Kumarappan, and Satish Joshi (2011) ‘Trading greenhouse gas emission benefits from biofuel use in US transportation: Challenges and opportunities,’ Biomass and Bioenergy, in press


  1. Kumarappan, Subbu (2010) ‘Intentional and Evolutionary Visions of U.S. Antitrust Law,’ Journal of Industrial Organization Education: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 6. DOI: 10.2202/1935-5041.1027
    Available at: http://www.bepress.com/jioe/vol5/iss1/art6


  1. Book Chapter:

Subbu Kumarappan (2010) ‘Historical perspective and role of entrepreneurship in Austrian economics’ – A review essay of Jesús Huerto De Soto’s book, The Austrian School: Market Order and Entrepreneurial Creativity. (Invited Book Review, forthcoming in Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology – Volume 28A; SSRN # 1356829)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan, Satish Joshi and Heather McLean (2009) ‘Biomass supply for biofuel production: Estimates for the United States and Canada,’ BioResources Vol 4 No 3, pp 1070-1087 @


  1. Book Chapter:

Subbu Kumarappan, and Satish Joshi (2009) ‘GHG Trading Framework for the U.S. Biofuels Sector,’ in L Lakshmi (ed.) Bio Fuels – Emerging Legal Horizons, Amicus Books, Hyderabad, ISBN: 978-93-80120-32-4; Also printed in M. Khanna (ed.), Transition to a Bioeconomy: Environmental and Rural Development Impacts, Proceedings of Farm Foundation/USDA Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 15-16 2008, Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, Illinois @


6.      Subbu Kumarappan, and Majd Abdulla (2008) 'Globalization and localization as feedback mechanisms -- Internalization of economic externalities' Philosophy for Business Vol 5, No. 50, December 16, 2008. Reviewed by Prof Geoffrey Klempner


  1. KK Jain and Subbu Kumarappan (2000) 'Growth and economic empowerment of people in Punjab: An overtime analysis of consumption,' Journal of Agricultural Development and Policy, XII/1, pp. 1-15


  1. KK Jain and Subbu Kumarappan (1999) 'Temporal changes in rural and urban consumption patterns in Punjab,' Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol 54, No 3 pp. 422-428 @


Working Papers


  1. Subbu Kumarappan ‘Teaching economic pluralism using Hegelian dialectic method’ (Journal: International Journal of Pluralism and Economic Education)


10.  Choice of optimum feedstock portfolio for a cellulosic ethanol plant – A dynamic linear programming solution (with Rasto Ivanic and Maros Ivanic, Journal: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review)


11.  Integrating energy production in sustainable mixed farming – scope and scale economies (with Ven Balan, Chris Wedding, Journal: Agricultural Systems)


12.  On developing disaggregate indicators for campus sustainability (with Satish Joshi, Journal: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education)


13.  Testing for speculative production in US corn ethanol industry (with Cole Gustafson, Journal: Agricultural Finance Review)





  1. Subbu Kumarappan (2011) ‘Strategies to enhance pedagogy in clicker classrooms’ Selected for presentation at Turning Technologies User Conference, Ohio Union, Columbus, OH, April 26th 2011 (Conference attendance: 40; presentation attendance: 26)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan (2011) ‘Development of Biomass Supply Chains – Economic Issues’ Invited presentation at the Biofuels Law and Regulation conference in University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, April 22nd, 2011 (Conference attendance: 80; presentation attendance: 40)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan and Cole Gustafson (2010) ‘Testing for speculative behavior in US corn ethanol investments’ Selected for presentation at Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meetings, Denver, CO. (Conference attendance: above 1000; presentation attendance: 20)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan, Rasto Ivanic and Maros Ivanic (2009) ‘Choice of optimum feedstock portfolio for a cellulosic ethanol plant – A dynamic linear programming solution’ Selected for presentation at Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meetings (Milwaukee, WI; Conference attendance: above 1000; presentation attendance: 30); also presented by Rasto Ivanic at Sixth Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing (Montreal, Canada; Conference attendance: 500; presentation attendance: 30)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan and Cole Gustafson (2009) ‘Biomass supply chains for  biofuel production – contracting issues ’ Selected for presentation at the Sixth Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing (Montreal, Canada, slides; Conference attendance: about 500; presentation attendance: 30)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan (2009) ‘Weighing Impacts and Responsibilities on Developed and Developing Nations,’ Panelist, Teach-In on Global Warming, February 2009, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan (slides, video, (Presentation attendance: 40 + online attendance)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan, and Satish Joshi (2008) ‘Trading Greenhouse Gas Emission Benefits from Biofuel Use in U.S. Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities’ Transition to a Bioeconomy: Environmental and Rural Development Impacts, October 15-16, 2008, Hyatt Regency at Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri (slides; Conference attendance: 200; presentation attendance: 25)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan and Majd Abdulla (2008) ‘Possible Effects of Corn Stover Removal on Soil Erosion in Iowa: A Panel Data Analysis,’ Selected paper presented at the 30th Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference and 8th Annual Georgia Conservation Production Systems Training Conference, 'Conservation Tillage Systems in a Changing World,' July 29-31, 2008, University of Georgia - Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Georgia (Long abstract; Conference attendance: 150; presentation attendance: 20)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan, Satish Joshi, and Heather McLean (2008) ‘Economic Viability of Dedicated Energy Crops in US and Canadian Crop Portfolios – A Stochastic Dominance Analysis,’ Selected paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of Canadian Ag Economics Association/Northeastern Ag Resource Economics Association, June 30-July 1, 2008, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Conference attendance: 200; presentation attendance: 30)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan (2008) ‘Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Investments under Uncertain Oil Prices – Implications from Real Options,’ Paper presented at The Fifth Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, April 27-30, 2008, Chicago, Illinois (abstract; Conference attendance: about 500; presentation attendance: 15)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan (2008) ‘Technological Resources for Economics Teaching,’ presented at a workshop for 20 economics graduate students organized by MSU – Teaching Assistant Program, April 19th, MSU International Center (Conference attendance: 25; presentation attendance: 25)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan  (2006) 'Emissions Trading Opportunities for Ethanol and Biodiesel Producers - The US case,' Paper presented at Task 39 - International Energy Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August 27-31 (Conference attendance: 150; presentation attendance: 30)


  1. Subbu Kumarappan (2006) 'Implications of Economic Externalities for Globalization,’ Paper presented at the conference on 'Alternative Globalization' Organized by Global Studies Association – North America, June 1-2, 2006 (Conference attendance: 150; presentation attendance: 25)




  1. Subbu Kumarappan (July 2011) ‘Spatial Pricing Patterns of Cellulosic Biomass under Oligopsony’ Poster selected for Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, July 23-27, 2011, Pittsburg, PA


  1. Venkatesh Balan, Christopher Wedding and Subbu Kumarappan (2010) ‘Integrating Biomass Energy Production in Sustainable Mixed Farming,’ Poster presented at the 4th Annual Growing the Margins Conference and Exhibition, March 8-9, 2010, London, Ontario


  1. Subbu Kumarappan and Satish Joshi (2008) ‘Economic competitiveness of energy crops – A stochastic efficiency analysis,’ Poster presented at The Fifth Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing, April 27-30, 2008, Chicago, Illinois


  1. Magdalena Gronowska,  Yimin Zhang, Subbu Kumarappan, Jon McKechie, Satish Joshi and Heather L. MacLean (2008) ‘Future Bioenergy – A life cycle perspective on bioenergy options in North America,’ Poster presented in the workshop on The scientific foundation for sustainable forest biomass harvesting guidelines and policy,  February 18-21, 2008, Toronto, Ontario


  1. Subbu Kumarappan,  John (Jake) N Ferris and Satish Joshi (2007) ‘Lignocellulosic Ethanol – Prospects and Challenges,’ Poster presented at Michigan Agri-Energy Conference 2007, March 13-14th, 2007, Lansing, Michigan


            Matlab, Stata, SPSS, Eviews, R, GAMS, MS Office suite, @Risk, Simetar



  • Participant – Forum on Expanding the U.S. Biofuels Market. October 25, 2010,  Ohio Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg, Ohio seeking feedback on interim plan on Renewable Fuels Standards mandate for 2022





  • MSU Graduate School Research Enhancement Award – 2008 ($800)
  • MSU Pre-Dissertation Travel Award to study prospects of biofuels in India, 2006-07 ($5000)
  • Junior Research Fellowship, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 1997-99
  • Entrepreneurial Faculty for the 21st Century University (EF21U) fellowship – 2007-09 The Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity, James Madison College ($5000+$5000)
  • Various travel awards, Dept of Ag Food Res Economics, MSU





  • Liaison between university-industry (power utilities, landfills, technology providers, biofuel plants, consultants in various sectors)
  • Helped evaluate biomass supply issues from forestry and agricultural lands for bioenergy in mid-Michigan




  • Gamma Sigma Delta – Honor Society of Agriculture, 2003
  • Certificate of Distinction, Punjab Agricultural University, 1999
  • Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar Memorial Prize, 1997
  • Competent Communicator – Toastmasters International (expected June 2010)
  • Community Service through MSU Asian Studies Center: Introduced Indian culture, life, dresses, diversity to undergraduates and elementary/middle school students

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