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October 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 10

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Engineers Week seeks New Faces


Keeping pace with IIE in the October 2013 issue of Industrial Engineer 

Engineers Week seeks New Faces

Deadline is Nov. 1 to apply for annual honor
IIE is accepting applications for the 2014 New Faces of Engineering-Professional program.

Each year during National Engineers Week, IIE and other engineering societies honor young engineers who are making significant contributions to society. The program also is a way to promote the image of engineering to the world by putting faces on what is often referred to as a "stealth profession." IIE is seeking nominees for next year.

The IIE nomination criteria follow:

  • Nominees must be 30 years old or younger as of Dec. 31.
  • Nominees must be members of IIE.
  • Nominees must have a degree in industrial engineering from an ABET-accredited U.S. college or university or from an equivalent international educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science and similar disciplines do not qualify.

Each year, the National Engineers Week Foundation runs an advertisement in USA Today or another national publication that features the honorees from various engineering societies. This helps show the world that engineers are a young, diverse and talented group of people and helps engineering students understand that they are part of a global profession. National Engineers Week is Feb. 16-22, 2014.

Top candidates could be designated as "engineering ambassadors" who would be asked to participate in various outreach or community-building events. These events could include an email and online discussion forum with engineering undergraduates globally; virtual or on-site participation at a National Engineers Week Foundation webinar; and sponsored travel to an Engineers Week national event.

The nomination form is available at The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 1. Email nomination forms and accompanying materials to Monica Elliott at or mail them to her attention at 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092.

For questions about the program, criteria or nomination process, contact Elliott or Anne Squire, Engineers Week New Faces program manager, at

A virtual visit vital to healthcare

Log in to apply lean, Six Sigma to medical practices
IIE’s first virtual healthcare conference will feature sessions on Six Sigma, better kaizens and error proofing your healthcare system.

Best Practices in Applying Lean and Six Sigma to Healthcare is scheduled for Oct. 23. It’s sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association and IIE’s Society for Health Systems. Virtual conferences allow participants to join in from all over the globe without the hassles of travel. They need only grab their computer, smartphone or laptop and log in.

Scheduled sessions include:

  • Mark Graban of the Lean Enterprise Institute: Healthcare Kaizen – Key Leadership Behaviors that Foster a Culture of Continuous Improvement
  • Matt Morrissette of More Effective Consulting LLC: Cut the Waste Out of Your Kaizens
  • Ron A. Phipps of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: Success Factors and Lessons Learned in Creating Sustainable Lean Six Sigma Improvements
  • Dr. Jeanne Huddleston of the Mayo Clinic: Six Sigma Saves Lives
  • Kevin McManus of Great Systems: Error-Proof Healthcare – How to Accelerate Your LSS Effort
  • Mary S. Coniglio and Senthil Balasubramanian of the University of Pennsylvania and Christopher Klock of Penn Medicine: Practice-Based Clinical Leadership Team Infrastructure Leads to Significant Improvements

For more information about Best Practices in Applying Lean and Six Sigma to Healthcare, visit


Many employers these days decry the lack of work measurement and work standards knowledge in today’s workforce.

There is a solution: The IIE Best Practices in Managing Work Standards one-day conference on Oct. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. And it’s still not too late to register on site.

Experts from Walmart Logistics, West Monroe Partners, FedEx SmartPost, Accenture and other top companies will cover best practices in justifying capital expenditures, litigation, building a sortation company through standard work, measuring white-collar work and other key areas of work measurement.

One-day conferences are perfect for the busy engineer and executive, allowing participants to fly in during the morning and fly back home at night.

For program details and pricing, visit

ABET annual symposium coming up

Program evaluators will gather in Pittsburgh
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is holding its annual symposium April 3-4 in Pittsburgh.

The symposium includes presentations from invited speakers and other presenters, and it is attended by leaders in academics, industry and government who promote peer-to-peer and expert interaction in assessing ABET programs. The symposium will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. ABET accredits nearly 3,100 programs at more than 670 colleges and universities in 24 countries around the world.

IIE has 82 active program evaluators who volunteer for ABET, which accredits 126 industrial engineering programs and 15 engineering management programs worldwide. ABET includes 30 other professional technical societies. Many recruit, select, mentor and train qualified program evaluators to accredit programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.

For more information, visit

Leadership update

Officers, board members take posts in societies and divisions
A number of IIE’s societies and divisions have elected or appointed officers for 2013-2014.

 John Jung-Woon Yoo
Isabelina Nahmens
Tina Agustiady 
Maria Mayorga 
Martin Stein 
Haitao Liao 
Wiljeana Glover 
Ed Pound 

Computer and Information Systems Division

Members of the CIS Division selected John Jung-Woon Yoo, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology at Bradley University, as president-elect. New board directors are Gerald Knapp, associate professor at Louisiana State University, and Hui Yang, assistant professor at the University of South Florida.

Construction Division

Isabelina Nahmens of Louisiana State University has been appointed president-elect of the Construction Division. Al Attah is taking over as president.

Engineering Economy Division

The Engineering Economy Division has a new communications director in Isaac Faber, an instructor/analyst at the U.S. Military Academy. Joe Hartman, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida and former editor of The Engineering Economist, is now a member of the Wellington Award Committee. Steve Hsueh Ming Wang, associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is a new member of the division’s board. Mingzhou Jin, associate professor and associate department head of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is now an editorial board member for The Engineering Economist.

Lean Division

The new president-elect for the Lean Division is Tina Agustiady, a continuous improvement leader for BASF. New members of the division’s board of directors are Andres Carrano, associate professor in the industrial and systems engineering department at Auburn University; Michelle Chang, a master black belt for Memorial Hermann Healthcare System; Michael Testani, a business transformation and learning consultant for IBM; and Maya White, a project engineer 3 for Memphis Light Gas and Water Division.

Logistics and Supply Chain Division

Three members were appointed to the board of directors: Maria Carolina Diaz, a supply chain process engineer for Office Depot Inc.; Dincer Konur, assistant professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Mingzhou Jin, associate professor and associate department head at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Operations Research Division

Maria Mayorga is the new president-elect. She is an associate professor at Clemson University. The division also has two new directors for its board: Dan Bumblauskas, an assistant teaching professor at the University of Missouri, and John Dulin, a continuous improvement engineer for Enterprise Ventures Corp.

Process Industries Division

Martin Stein, vice president of Competitive Capabilities International, has been appointed president-elect. Ran Jin, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, has been appointed secretary.

Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division

Haitao Liao has been elected as the new president-elect of the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division. New directors are Jian Liu and Kamaran Paynabar.

Society for Engineering and Management Systems

Wiljeana Glover, assistant professor in the Technology, Operations, and Information Division of Babson College, is the new president-elect for SEMS. New directors are Cecilia Martínez León, assistant professor in engineering management at Clarkson University; Brian K. Smith, assistant professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Edson Pinheiro de Lima, professor of operations and technology management at Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Brazil.

Society for Health Systems

SHS voted Ronald T. McDade, assistant vice president for performance improvement at MedStar Health, president-elect. New directors on the board are Ashley Benedict, a senior industrial engineer for the New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center (Department of Veterans Affairs), and Dean Athanassiades, a senior director of project services for Philips Healthcare.

Work Systems Division

Ed Pound, COO of Factory Physics Inc., became president-elect.

IIE’s societies and divisions are the building blocks of the institute’s success, and it’s important to salute new leaders as they come aboard. Please contact Managing Editor Michael Hughes at with election news throughout the year.

Former IIE leader passes away

'Very good man' served Institute well in the 1980s, earned numerous awards
Robert D. (Bob) Dryden, a 39-year member and fellow of IIE, died July 6 in Blacksburg, Va.

Dryden had been an active participant and leader in IIE in the 1980s, said IIE CEO Don Greene, who also called Dryden "a very good man." Dryden was honored with IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award in 1993. He also received IIE’s Ergonomics Division Award in 1987 and Management Division Award in 1985.

Dundar F. Kocaoglu, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering and Technology Management at Portland State University, said he was "deeply saddened" by Dryden’s passing. Dryden, a professor in his department since 2008, had been recuperating from a heart attack.

Dryden began concurrent service within IIE and Alpha Pi Mu (the Industrial Engineering Honorary Society) in the late 1960s. His service to IIE included chairman of the Council of Fellows, group vice president, technical operations and then as group vice president of education, research, publications and professional development. Dryden chaired the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) from 1983 to 1984 and held numerous leadership positions within five IIE chapters.

Within Alpha Pi Mu, Dryden served as national executive director starting in 1976. He also served as president and received the APM David F. Baker Memorial Award in 1987 for outstanding contributions to industrial engineering.

Dryden spent about 13 years as dean of engineering at Portland State while also having dual responsibility as the vice chancellor for engineering for the Oregon University System for several years. He previously served as chairman of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech, on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington and as chair of the industrial engineering department at Wichita State University.

In industry, Dryden worked for the Conoco Pipe Line Co. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. 



Benjamin Johnson  Benjamin R. Johnson of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been awarded a scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Johnson plans to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in industrial engineering.
Tawni Paradise 

Tawni M. Paradise of the University of San Diego has been awarded a scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Paradise plans to graduate in June 2015 with dual B.A./B.S. degrees in industrial and systems engineering and an undergraduate degree in computer science.

Rakesh Nagi 

Rakesh Nagi has been named head of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering and a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Nagi is an IIE fellow.

Adedeji Badiru 

Adedeji Badiru will become dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology effective Oct. 6. He currently is professor and head of the institute’s Department of Systems Engineering & Management.

Joel Sokol  Joel Sokol was appointed the Fouts Family Associate Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) for a three-year term of service that began in August. The Fouts Family Early Career Professorship is designed to enhance the ability of ISyE to attract and retain eminent teacher-scholars.


Let your peers know about hirings, promotions, awards, appointments and other notable accomplishments. Send Kudos items to Michael Hughes at