Keeping pace with IIE in the June 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer

VOLUNTEER SNAPSHOT: Revitalizing Young Professionals

Foxworthy says volunteering allows for growth – for him and IIE
A mentor helped hook Patrick Foxworthy into IIE and its volunteer opportunities, and the business analyst at TechOp Solutions International hasn't looked back.Patrick Foxworthy says that volunteering increases the value that IIE can have for its members. 

Foxworthy joined IIE as an industrial engineering student at Kettering University in 2007. An IIE leader at his co-op exposed him to the organization's benefits, and Foxworthy immediately saw the value in networking and meeting with other industrial engineers, finding out what they were doing, the classes they were taking and the experiences they were having.

Since then, Foxworthy has served as a student chapter president, president of the Young Professionals group and on a regional vice president leadership team. He is now assistant senior vice president for regional operations. After his career move to the D.C. area, he became a board member for the National Capital Chapter.

"That's a great experience because it allows us to reach out and engage with folks that are physically located in the same area as we are," Foxworthy said. "That capability in a volunteer effort is very rewarding because the types of programs and events that we hold and facilitate are definitely tangible for those attendees here in the D.C. area."

IIE has given Foxworthy the chance to improve his leadership skills, enhance his capabilities and grow professionally outside of the office environment. The organization is good at matching skills with needs, and a number of the people involved have advised him along the way. And he can apply the skills he learns through volunteering in a productive environment.

"For me personally, the most rewarding aspect is coming up and managing and developing an idea or an organization or a program or an event that positively affects the IIE experience for all of our members," Foxworthy said.

He is really proud of his work with the Young Professionals. His leadership helped evolve the former advisory group into an organization focused on delivering benefits for and serving the needs of young IIE members.

"This was a new sort of value and a new organization that wanted to target and improve the value for those members," he said. "When I look back at it now, I see a lot of YP activities at the Annual Conference, at a regional level and throughout the organization. It's very rewarding for me to see the fact that those voices and those opinions are valued and that IIE through its actions wants to support Young Professionals."

Volunteering also has turned Foxworthy on to the fact that industrial engineers are passionate about their profession and care about how it can make the world a better place.

"It's been a great ride, and I'm excited to be a part of it, and I'm very glad that I chose industrial engineering," Foxworthy said.

Triple play

Organizations schedule joint meeting in coastal Spain
IIE is joining forces with two other engineering organizations for a trio of conferences held simultaneously in the historic seaport of Malaga, Spain.

The Eighth International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management, the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management and the International IIE Conference are scheduled for July 23-25 at the University of Malaga's School of Industrial Engineering.

The main objective of this joint meeting is to provide a forum for scientists and professionals to present their current research in the field of industrial engineering, a discipline strongly linked to the concepts of industrial management, operations management, management science, operations research, systems engineering and manufacturing engineering, among others. The conference provides opportunities for researchers to exchange new ideas, trends and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relationships and to find global partners for future collaboration.

For more information and to register, visit

Prepare for the future

Healthcare engineers face dizzying array of changes
Sometimes, industrial engineers can become so engrossed in operational details that they neglect to take the time needed to look at the big picture.

And in healthcare, the combination of new laws, court challenges, technology and rapid technological change make it imperative to plan for what's next. So the Society for Health Systems is sponsoring Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future, a one-day virtual conference scheduled for Aug. 20. Virtual means it all takes place online, so participants won't have to leave their computer chairs for a full day of strategic planning.

Speakers for the day will be Marci Jackson of Premier Inc., Nilay Shah of the Mayo Clinic, Sheri Winsper from the Loyola University Health System, Jean Ann Larson of Jean Ann Larson & Associates, Min Basadur of Basadur Applied Creativity and Cornelia Leslie from Lifepoint Hospitals.

For more information and to register, visit For more on the Society for Health Systems, visit

Personalize your kata

Pre-conference workshops add depth for lean, Six Sigma practitioners
As lean and Six Sigma theory advance, practitioners are emphasizing more and more how personality and culture are just as important as improvement tools.

So the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2014 is offering three pre-conference workshops that will provide in-depth focus on using personality to affect change, coaching your way to success and translating lean into nontraditional environments. All three workshops are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29, and advance registration is required. The conference runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at Embassy Suites – Lake Buena Vista South hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Two lean Six Sigma master black belts, Junell Scheeres and Deanne Snodgrass, will lead "Accelerating Change through Your Personality: Using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to Lead Change and Optimize Teams." Scheeres is president of LS2 Performance Solutions LLC, while Snodgrass is a certified MBTI administrator for the Department of the Army.

Participants will learn how to use the MBTI to understand their personal style, thinking and communication preferences, which can help attendees drive organizational change by leveraging their own style. The workshop will teach through hands-on exercises, role play and interactive discussions.

Brandon Brown of the W3 Group LLC and Bill Kraus, a project manager for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, a manufacturing extension partnership (MEP) center, will lead "Toyota Kata: Improving and Coaching Your Way to Success." They will adapt a manufacturing simulation used extensively by MEP practitioners to demonstrate improvement and coaching katas. Several large companies have adopted this workshop to roll out Toyota Kata.

Participants will bring Mike Rother's Toyota Kata Handbook materials to life as they PDCA their way through the process. Experiencing this session will make it clear how the learner, first coach and second coach interact to drive improvement.

Hugh McManus, a senior special projects engineer for Metis Design and associate director of EdNet, will lead "Teaching and Training Lean Beyond the Factory Floor – Approaches and Tools." IIE members and other lean practitioners are applying the venerable continuous improvement philosophy in engineering, healthcare, customer services, business processes and other platforms. McManus will give trainers tools to adapt lean teaching for those who operate in these environments outside of traditional manufacturing processes.

The workshop will include 5S exercises for general and medical services, variability exercises that demonstrate how input and process variability can wreck lean strategies, and a demonstration of a product development and engineering process simulation.

This is the first year that the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference will be held in conjunction with the Lean Educator Conference, which has a strong history of sharing best practices in lean curriculum, exercises, and training and assessment methods.

The conference is presented by the IIE Lean Division, EdNet, LEAN and the Lean Enterprise Institute. To register and find out more, visit

SHS honors diplomates

IIE's Society for Health Systems awards diplomate status to members in recognition of their contributions to SHS and the healthcare industry. The 2013-14 class was honored at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2014:


  • Evelyn Brown
  • Nancy Dariseh
  • Toni Doolen
  • Charles Dubusk

  • Dan France
  • Robert Gift
  • Jeffery Hermann
  • Muhanad Hirzallah
  • Brian Nathanson
  • Robert Rankin
  • Lesley Strawderman
  • Susan Seidensticker

Leadership in Asia

Heavyweights headline visit to China's ancient capital
Four heavyweights in the world of industrial engineering will keynote the Institute of Industrial Engineers Asian Conference 2014.

The gathering is scheduled for July 21-22 at Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an, China's ancient capital and one of the country's oldest cities. It will run concurrently with the fifth International Asia Conference on Industrial Engineering and Management Innovation.

The keynote speakers are Jeff Wu, professor and Coca Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; IIE Senior Vice President-International Bopaya Bidanda, Ernest Roth Professor and department chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh; former IIE SVP-International Gregory H. Watson, chairman of Business Excellence Solutions Ltd.; and Yingluo Wang, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and honorary dean of the School of Management at Xi'an Jiaotong University.

Watson and Fugee Tsung of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology founded the IIE Asian Conference and the Asian Network for Industrial Engineers (ANIE). Last year's conference in Taiwan included 180 paper submissions from 14 countries and included IE representatives from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

This year's conference also will include an ANIE meeting with regional IE representatives. For more information and to register, visit


Celebrating member achievements 

Kim LaScola Needy 

Kim LaScola Needy has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Needy, IIE's immediate past president, is professor, department head and holds the 21st Century Professorship in Engineering at the University of Arkansas Department of Industrial Engineering.

John A. White 

John A. White has been chosen to receive the 2014 ASEE National Engineering Economy Teaching Excellence Award. White is distinguished professor and chancellor emeritus of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

S. David Wu 

S. David Wu is the new provost and executive vice president at George Mason University. Wu spent the previous 27 years at Lehigh University, including the past decade as its dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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