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

Top city, top performers

Montreal welcomes a conference full of winners
For the past two years, Montréal has hosted more international association meetings than any other North American city.

Attendees at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 were happy to help the Canadian city’s rankings for the current year – particularly those who came home with a scholarship, fellowship or other award.

The winners, along with honors for various papers, teaching and counseling, are listed below. Other honors and awards were published in the June issue of Industrial Engineer. To see a complete list of winners, go to

Scholarships and fellowships

A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship
Sara Campbell, Mississippi State University 

C.B. Gambrell Undergraduate Scholarship
Dustin Fontaine, University of Florida

Dwight D. Gardner Scholarships
Maria Janer, University of Arkansas
Olivia Janusz, Iowa State University
Hannah Koehn, University of Arkansas
Ashley Tokarz, Northeastern University

E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship
Ahmed Aziz Ezzat, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

Gilbreth Memorial Fellowships
Tiangi Gao, Auburn University
Corinne Mowrey, Wright State University
Dia St. John, University of Arkansas
Molly Stam, University of Oklahoma

Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarships
Zvonko Cindrich, Virginia Tech
Kaitlin Denny, University of Arkansas
Stephanie Martens, Wright State University
Thomas Solinger, University of Louisville

Henry and Elisabeth Kroeze Scholarship
Jeffrey Barkas, The Ohio State University

IIE Council of Fellows Scholarships
Catherine Infantolino, University of Florida
Ryan Weitzel, Mississippi State University

John F. Fargher Scholarship
Halil Cobuloglu, Wichita State University

John L. Imhoff Scholarship
Diana Rodriguez, Oklahoma State University

Lisa Zaken Award for Excellence
Isaac Atuahene, University of Tennessee

Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarships
David Herberich, University of Tennessee
Garrett White, University of Pittsburgh

Presidents Scholarship
Alexandra Doggett, University of Louisville

Society for Health Systems Scholarship
Katie Scholl, North Dakota State University

UPS Scholarship for Female Students
Tawni Paradise, University of San Diego

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students
Margot Tejera, University of Central Florida

Innovations in Curriculum Competition
First place: David Pratt, Oklahoma State University

IIE/ Rockwell Automation Student Simulation Competition
First place: "Kudos," Kyonggi University; Taesung Kim, Jungsu Han and Jiun Ryu; Faculty Advisor: Myeonsig Cho

IIE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition
First place: Patrick Gathof (North Central Region), Milwaukee School of Engineering, "Supermarket Redesign: Demand-driven Inventory Planning"

Lean Division Best Practice Award
First place: Jack Chen and Yufeng Xu, Jabil Co.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards
Global Level Honoree
Patrick Koelling (Mid-Atlantic Region), Virginia Tech

Regional Level Honorees
Great Lakes Region: Pratik Parikh, Wright State University
Mexico Region: Margarita Ponce y Loranca Calderon, Instituto Tecnologico de Puebla
North Central Region: Douglas King, University of Illinois-Urbana
Northeast Region: Mohamed Aboul-Seoud, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Southeast Region: Jun-Ing Ker, Louisiana Tech University

Society and division honors

CIS Division Best Student Paper Competition
Gang Liu, University of South Florida, "Self-Organized Recurrence Networks"

CIS Division Mobile App Competition
"MobiKan" by Chi-Wei Shih, Chun-Hsiung Lai, Jia-Leng Li and Chin-Chang Yu; Faculty Advisor: Chen-Yang Cheng

Construction Division Best Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by the ConAm Group) 
Laura Florez, Georgia Tech, "Decision Support System for Sustainable Labor Management in Masonry Construction"

Lean Division Best Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by J T. and the Late Carol Black)
Victor Garcia, Universidad de Monterrey, "Reducing Transportation Costs: An Efficiency Improvement Approach"

Lean Division Teaching Award(Sponsored by the Lean Enterprise Value Foundation)
Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky

Logistics and Supply Chain Division Teaching Award
Mingzhou Jin, University of Tennessee

Logistics and Supply Chain Division Best Student Case Study
Ying Zhang, University of Tennessee

Operations Research Division Teaching Award
Erick Moreno-Centeno, Texas A&M University

Process Industries Division Best Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by Hersheys and Xonitec)
Ian Giese, Oklahoma State University, "Recyclable Material Planning Tool at Michelin Tires"

QCRE Division Student Paper Competition
Zimo Wang, Texas A&M University

SEMS Best Student Paper Competition
Yasser Shaban, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, "Optimal Replacement of Tool During Turning Titanium Metal Matrix Composites"

SHS Graduate Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery)
Rachel J. Miller and Serpil Mutlu, Northeastern University, "Optimizing Resident-Based Teamlet Schedules to Improve Continuity in Primary Care"

Sustainable Development Division Teaching Award
Gregory Unruh, George Mason University

VOLUNTEER SNAPSHOT: The volunteer network

Anita Ranhotra credits IIE involvement for propelling her career forward
Members, volunteers and conference attendees often tout networking as one of the institute’s top draws.Anita Ranhotra 

Anita Ranhotra’s career proves that point.

"It truly is my IIE network that got me to Hallmark," said the product integrity process improvement manager for Hallmark Cards Inc. "I can’t say that I would have this job today if it wasn’t for the connections I had developed and maintained through IIE."

Ranhotra’s journey with IIE started a couple of decades ago when she was a freshman at Kansas State University. It hasn’t stopped since, as her volunteering has included stints as a student chapter president, various professional chapter positions (including president), regional vice president and senior vice president for chapter networking. She has stayed involved at the national level, most recently as chair of the Honors and Awards Committee and serving on the Industry Advisory Board. At the local level she serves as a senior advisor.

Professionally, Ranhotra worked at Payless ShoeSource and The Limited before catching on 14 years ago with Hallmark. Volunteering has been essential for her professional career, as she built and demonstrated leadership and management skills in the volunteer arena before those professional opportunities came along.

She particularly enjoys mentoring young industrial engineers. After all, her origins with IIE were propelled by upperclassmen and professors at Kansas State, who are big promoters of the institute.

"This is just something I understood that I have to get involved in this," she recalled.

Now she doesn’t "have" to be involved with IIE – but she has no inclination to diminish her role in its future.

"For me, it’s about giving back," Ranhotra said. "It’s giving back to the profession that got me where I am – and also paying it forward to help other students and other young professionals and colleagues to see the benefit that they can get out of IIE.

"I get the satisfaction of helping other people. When I see folks that I’ve worked with through IIE, or actually through any capacity, who view me as a mentor and reach out to me for advice and guidance, that to me is rewarding. That’s what I get out of it, that I’m helping others.

"She hopes to parlay her experience into driving more of a connection between IIE and its members who work in industry.

"I know that’s something that we’ve struggled with for a long time, and I think that’s why I’m so excited about the Industry Advisory Board, that we now have that link between IIE and various professionals out in industry," Ranhotra said. "Many of us got connected with IIE through academia when we were students, and you lose a lot of those [people] when they start transitioning into industry. And so I want to see us maintain that relevance with industrial engineers in industry."

IIE reaches abroad

ISME Conference scheduled in Amman, Jordan
IIE is sponsoring the First International Conference on Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering scheduled for Nov. 11-13 in Amman, Jordan.

ISME 2014 is being organized by the Jordanian Engineers Association in cooperation with the German-Jordanian University. It will bring together academics, researchers and practitioners from the Middle East and North Africa for sessions on research and applied solutions.

Keynote speakers include IIE fellow Elsayed A. Elsayed, distinguished professor at Rutgers University, and IIE Senior Vice President-International Bopaya Bidanda, chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s industrial engineering department.

For more information, visit

Make the revolution healthy

Virtual conference focuses on getting healthcare ready for the future
New technologies, patient demands and the winds of the political process are driving revolutionary changes in healthcare.

So the Society for Health Systems has put together Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future, a virtual conference full of sessions designed to help healthcare engineers design and optimize the systems of tomorrow. The one-day gathering is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Director of social solutions at Premier Inc. and former SHS President Marci Jackson will talk about the challenges of healthcare reform and the influence of systems engineers. Sheri Winsper, executive director of quality and patient safety at Loyola University Health System, will discuss how to transition from volume to value-based patient care. She will explain what value-based purchasing, the readmissions and hospital-acquired condition (HAC) reduction programs, and other private payor incentive programs mean to your organization’s bottom line.

Min Basadur, founder of the Centre for Research in Applied Creativity, will talk about creating an innovation culture marked by the question, "How might we?" – as opposed to the declaration, "We can’t." His process is designed to create a safe place for honest conversations that clarify the fuzzy situations often inherent in healthcare, building awareness that different people prefer different steps in the creative process.

Innovation requires change, and Jean Ann Larson of Jean Ann Larson & Associates recognizes that emotional intelligence, or EQ, makes a difference in change leaders. Her session will introduce attendees to EQ fundamentals such as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. At the end, you will be able to understand how to develop and improve your EQ.

Over the last few years, interest has grown in leveraging big data to improve healthcare delivery. According to Nilay Shah of the Mayo Clinic, advances in data management and data science methodologies will be necessary. He will discuss what the concept of big data means in the context of healthcare, what challenges exist and the potential for its use.

At its heart, healthcare is about improving patient outcomes. Cornelia Leslie will detail how LifePoint hospitals are integrating patient team members into kaizen events. Leslie will discuss the process for selecting and involving a patient in LifePoint’s first pilot, giving evidence as to how engaged teams that include patients can apply advanced problem-solving to resolve safety threats that arise from operational wastes.

For more information and to register for Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future, visit

Holding on to the gold

National Capital, Pittsburgh and Jersey-Delaware chapters continue impressive run
Members are the focus and foundation of any association, and IIE is no exception.

Recognizing professional chapters for education, content and activities is an annual tradition for the institute. For their 2013 activities, six chapters earned gold status, the top honor, three earned silver and eight earned bronze. The total of 17 awards bests the previous year’s total of 15.

In addition, the Central Florida chapter, headed by 2013 President Robert Kantor, earned the Most Improved Chapter Award for the greatest year-over-year increase in points on its chapter activity report. And Raritan Valley in New Jersey, under 2013 President Diego Saiz, took home the Phoenix Award, which goes to a chapter that has been reactivated after at least two consecutive inactive years.

Of special note, since 2011, the National Capital, Pittsburgh and South Jersey Delaware Valley chapters have earned gold medal status each year. The 17 medal-winning chapters and their respective presidents are listed below.


  • Greater Detroit, Kerry Coran
  • Los Angeles, Michael Hogan
  • National Capital (Washington, D.C.), Russell Wooten
  • Pittsburgh, Michael Karnish
  • South Jersey Delaware Valley, Thomas Fung
  • Twin Cities (Minnesota), Eric Situmbeko


  • Central Connecticut, Brian Nathanson
  • Central Florida, Robert Kantor
  • Upstate South Carolina, Jon Morgan


  • Chicago, Tom Barnstable
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Brandon Laird
  • Long Island (New York), Thomas G. Fiorella
  • Memphis (Tennessee), Ryan Groves
  • Raleigh (North Carolina), Joe Davis
  • Reading (Pennsylvania), Tom Flock
  • Rochester (New York), John Kaemmerlen
  • Syracuse (New York), James Alloway

Save big; learn much

Early-bird deadline for ELSS 2014 is Aug. 15 
Time is running out for you to save $200 off the cost of attending IIE’s Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Jane Algee 
Tim Greene 

The early-bird registration deadline is Aug. 15. After that, tickets for members will increase from $595 to $795, and tickets for nonmembers will rise from $795 to $995. The conference, which will feature more than 60 educational sessions, three pre-conference work-shops, facility tours and keynote speakers from Lockheed Martin, the Gates Foundation and Western Michigan University, is scheduled from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Embassy Suites, Lake Buena Vista South.

Keynote speakers include Jane Algee, a program manager in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business area. This function develops, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, manned and unmanned systems for military customers. The IIE fellow and former board member will speak from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 30.

Lynne Herer Smith, deputy director of investment workflow for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 30. She is responsible for the design, implementation and continuous improvement of the foundation’s core business process of making and managing investments, including grants, contracts and program-related investments.

Timothy J. Greene, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Western Michigan University, will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 1. Greene, an IIE fellow and former president of the institute, has managed research totaling more than $10 million, graduated more than 30 master’s degree and nine doctoral degree students, and written or co-written more than 50 articles or book chapters.

For more information and to register, visit 

Platinum publications

Twin Cities, Jersey-Delaware newsletters maintain lofty status
Great chapter newsletters are the link between leadership and the chapter’s members. They keep chapter members informed with timely articles, chapter events and news of member accomplishments. The great ones also are visually appealing and easy to read and navigate.

Seven chapter newsletters earned honors for 2013, the same number as the year before. However, all seven placed in the top two categories, platinum and gold, with none in the third category, silver. And in this decade, two newsletters, the ones for the Twin Cities and the South Jersey Delaware Valley professional chapters, have earned platinum status for all three years.

The winners and their editors are listed below.


  1. Greater Detroit, Britney Beyer
  2. National Capital (Washington, D.C.), Martin FranklinSouth Jersey Delaware Valley, Thomas T. Fung
  3. Twin Cities (Minnesota), Jenna Weiland


  1. Central Connecticut, Carolina White
  2. Long Island (New York), Tom Fiorella
  3. Pittsburgh, Chris Mensah


Celebrating member achievements 

Tanay Rajore

Tanay Rajore, an undergraduate in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and president of Alpha Pi Mu at Georgia Tech, received the John L. Imhoff Globalization Scholarship from Alpha Pi Mu, the IE honor society. The scholarship is for demonstrating globalization activities, cooperation and understanding through leadership.

Hamid Parsaei

IIE fellow Hamid Parsaei, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University’s branch campus in Doha, Qatar, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Parsaei was formerly chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston.

Anita Ranhotra

Anita Ranhotra has received the Professional Progress Award from the Kansas State University College of Engineering. The honor is for professional accomplishments during her first 20 years after graduation. Ranhotra is product integrity process improvement manager for Hallmark Cards Inc. and a former member of IIE’s board of trustees.

Daren Maynard

Daren Maynard, portfolio management lead for Novus Tech Limited and F1RST Media Limited in Trinidad and Tobago, is now an associate fellow, WMG, University of Warwick. Maynard is a member of IIE’s Young Professionals group and a frequent contributor to Industrial Engineer’s Emerging Technologies department.

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