South Central Region

Regional Vice President - Niranjan Kulkarni

Niranjan KulkarniNiranjan S. Kulkarni, PhD, is the Director, Operations Improvement with CRB. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters’ degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Niranjan has more than 15 years of experience in business process and data modeling, operations and process simulations, process improvements, layout optimizations and supply chain management. He has worked with pharmaceuticals, biotech, food, chemicals, semiconductor, electronics assembly and packaging, heavy machinery manufacturing and finance industries.

Dr. Kulkarni is the elected Regional Vice President of IISE South Central Chapter. He has served as the Track Chair for two IISE Annual Conferences for the Engineering Management track and also as a board member for SEMS. He is the co-chair of ISPE's Operations Management Community of Practice and is an active speaker and contributor to academic research societies including, IEEE, IISE and INFORMS. 

Niranjan has authored more than 25 peer reviewed technical papers published in research journals, conference proceedings and industry periodicals. He is the co-author of the ISPE's Operations Management Guidance Document and has co-authored a book chapter in the prestigious LNCS series. Dr. Kulkarni is also on the Editorial Review Board of the International Marketing and Management Research Journal.

Assistant Regional Vice President - Victoria Scott

Victoria ScottVictoria Scott
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
The Woodlands, Texas

Communications Director - Griselda Sanchez
Sized GriseldaGriselda Sanchez

Manufacturing Engineer
Lean Project
Drilling Solutions Division
Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions LLC
Garland, TX 75040

Diuesh GovindarajuDinesh Govindaraju
Manufacturing Engineer
Martin Sprocket & Gear
Arlington, Texas

The Chapter Chronicles

What are some of your fellow South Central Region chapters up to?  Location cities? Missions? Goals? Objectives? Activities? Accomplishments?  Plans for the future?

Click on the chapter you want to read about or read them all!

Professional chapters
Chapter No. 92 Greater Kansas City 

Student Chapters
Chapter No. 825  Kansas State University 

Chapter No. 836  University of Missouri-Columbia 

Chapter No. 917 Missouri University of Science and Technology 

Leadership role on the South Central Regional Leadership Team opens up

You could be the next AVP of Student Development! 

Leading change is an integral part of industrial and systems engineering. The addition of "systems" to our name affords an opportunity to build on the foundation already created by IISE members since 1948. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role within the IISE South Central region, you will soon have the chance. At the conclusion of the 2016 academic year, I will be stepping aside from my role as Assistant Vice President of Student Development (AVPSD) to take on a significant challenge - fatherhood. I have enjoyed engaging with student leaders, judging technical papers, and connecting aspiring ISEs with professional mentors over the last 6 years. The AVPSD role enables consistency during the frequent transition of university chapter leadership as students graduate. It is largely self-directed so you can make it your own. No specific IISE leadership experience is required. I hope you will consider stepping into this role!

If you are interested, please send an email to the South Central RVP, Brandon Laird (, outlining your qualifications and an idea of something you'd like to execute while in the AVPSD role. Please apply by May 1.


Drew Harnish, P.E.

IISE South Central AVPSD

    Chapter Management


    South Central Region

    Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

    This region includes six professional chapters:

    • Central Arkansas
    • Dallas-Ft. Worth
    • Greater Kansas City
    • Houston
    • Northwest Arkansas
    • Wichita, Kansas

    There are IISE student chapters at 16 colleges and universities in the region:

    • Kansas State University 
    • Lamar University 
    • Oklahoma State University 
    • St. Mary's University
    • Texas A&M University 
    • Texas A&M University- Commerce
    • Texas State University - San Marcos 
    • Texas Tech University 
    • University of Arkansas 
    • University of Houston
    • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • University of Missouri-Columbia
    • University of Oklahoma 
    • University of Texas at Arlington 
    • University of Texas El Paso
    • Wichita State University