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IISE Annual Conference & Expo

Plan to attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, May 19-22, 2018

The Construction Town Hall Meeting is Monday, May 21 
3:30 - 4:50 p.m.
Room: Oceana Grand 9

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

President's Message

The accomplishments of an organization are the results of the collaborative efforts of its members. It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as the President of the construction division for 2016‐2017 term. I was introduced to the construction division during my graduate education and my ties with the division got stronger when I was awarded the first place in the construction division's annual student paper competition in 2008. I have been part of the division since then as a regular and/or board member.

The association of industrial engineering with the field of construction goes way back in time. Frank Gilbreth, a pioneer of motion study - one of the classical Industrial Engineering concepts -derived his famous "Therbligs" to improve efficacy of bricklaying tasks. The technology and the ways of operation of construction industry has changed tremendously over the years but application of industrial engineering to improve construction competitiveness, safety, and stakeholder satisfaction remained the same, if not increased. The construction division of IISE is dedicated to the promotion and adoption of industrial engineering techniques in the construction industry through interdisciplinary collaboration of academicians, researcher and industry practitioners. We focus on enhancing existing construction industry practices through a sound application of industrial engineering tools and techniques such as process simulation, optimization, stochastic modelling, project management, safety and ergonomics. In the last annual IISE conference, construction division hosted two high quality sessions in which several researchers presented their work on similar topics. Our student paper competition also received several excellent papers and Sadegh Asgari of Columbia University and Ali Shafaat of Purdue University were the winners of the 2016 student paper competition for their paper "Simulating Construction Bidding Using Agent-Based Modeling."

As we move forward in our 2016‐2017 year, the construction division must prepare itself to address current and future challenges. There are several emerging issues that call for our attention: aging workforce, accelerated changes in information technology and social media, skilled worker shortage, safety liability and toxic buildings, and cost-time-quality trade-offs. The construction division is alert of these emerging changes and is continuously rethinking and adjusting its goals and priorities. In addition to publishing regularly scheduled newsletters, the division is revamping its social media presence, our new board member, Becca Keller, is leading the efforts on this front. The division is also planning to schedule at least two webinars addressing new and emerging issues in construction and industrial engineering. I would like to encourage the members to participate in the division's activities by proposing topics for the webinar, sending articles for newsletter and most importantly by submitting work for the next IISE conference scheduled on May 20-23, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The call for paper is scheduled to come out very soon and we welcome your submission!

As for the operational activities, the regular election of the division was held on time, and another dedicated group of members were selected for carrying on the division ahead. It will be the priority of the construction division board to not only maintain our current status but to improve it by keeping active in increasing our visibility and membership. So let's work together to make our division better and bigger - invite students, researchers, practitioner, and managers from local organizations to get involved with the construction division; visit division's website to learn about our activities and participate; follow us on social media, start a discussion and post news, and hopefully, let's meet in 2017 in Pittsburgh!

In the Headlines

Student Paper Competition - Deadline extended to March 25

Application of Industrial Engineering Tools and Techniques in Construction Industry

Topic pool including (but not limited to): Lean methods, quality management, green technology, simulation, optimization, automation and alternative materials

Deadline: Deadline for submission of papers (Extended to): March 25, 2018 . Winner will be notified by: March 28, 2018

Award: Winner will be notified by: March 28, 2018, Cash Reward + Free conference registration for the first place winner

Submission: Submission should be in electronic format (PDF file) and directed to: Mehdi Khazaeli: or Ali Shafaat

For more information or questions contact: Bonnie Cameron: ,

The applicant must be a full time student at the time of submission. The paper must present original research results and at least one author must be able to present the paper at the IISE Annual Conference.

Call for Nominations for the Construction Board 
Nomination Deadline: May 20. 

The Construction Division is currently soliciting nominations for  President-Elect and  six board members - Treasurer, Webinar Chair, Newsletter Chair, Social Media Chair, Student Rep, and Competition Chair. Board members will serve two-year term on the Construction board and the president-elect will serve a one-year term. The new term begins on June 1. Each board member is expected to be an active participant in monthly board conference calls and to participate in various committees. Board members are also expected to attend the IISE Annual Conference and participate in the Construction Town Hall meeting held during the conference. All nominees must be current, regular members of the Construction Division. New members are welcome. Self-nomination is highly encouraged. Students are only eligible for the student representative positions. Please take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague.

To submit a nomination, complete the  nomination form  and send to  Victoria Clark by May 20.

You will need your IISE member number to complete this form. If you're not sure what your member number is, we can email it to you

Message from the Editor

Hello members of the Construction Division,

As I am settling into a new season it reminds me how fast things come. It feels like a short time ago that I was attending the Annual Conference last year and meeting new people. I certainly enjoyed attending the different sessions and mingling in the exhibit hall afterwards. Now another year has passed and the Annual Conference is upon us once again. Hopefully you will be able to attend and take advantage of some of the events that are planned. Please refer to the Conference section of this newsletter for information and links for conference specifics.

I would also like to mention a few other small reminders. The division is always looking for people to become more involved. So, please let us know if you are interested in getting involved. Also, if you have any interesting articles or information you would like to share with the rest of the division, please feel free to send it to me. I would like to be able to include it in the newsletter.

Thanks for your dedication to the profession.


Kristopher Harbin

Newsletter Editor

About the Division

IISE's Construction Division brings together members who are involved in all facets of the construction industry, such as design, value engineering, project management, research, safety and ergonomics. With these combined resources, we hope to bring to the construction industry a rich supply of knowledge, innovation and experience that can have the kind of positive impact that IEs have long used to bring the manufacturing and service industries to superlative levels of performance.

Review the Construction Division mission statement and the Construction Division Bylaws.

Meet the Construction Division Board 2016-2017.

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