Chapter kudos

Solid organizations are built from the ground up, and that’s part of the reason for the 2012 Professional Chapter Recognition competition.

The top three categories a professional chapter can aspire to are gold, silver and bronze. Gold medal chapters must do an outstanding job of providing content to members and the community through monthly meetings, plant tours and activities that go beyond the norm for the profession and their area.

Six chapters earned gold medals, three took home silver and six received bronze. The chapter names and their respective presidents are listed below.


Costa Rica, Diógenes Alvarez Solózano

Greater Kansas City, (Mo.) Jay Christensen           

Los Angeles, Luis Armendariz               

National Capital (Washington, D.C.), Russell Wooten   

South Jersey Delaware Valley, Thomas Fung

Twin Cities (Minn.), John Spriggs


Central Connecticut, Brian Nathanson

Detroit, Lanie Dixon

Pittsburgh, Katie Coperich


Bay Area/Silicon Valley (Calif.), Khaled Mabrouk

Chicago, Tom Barnstable

Dallas-Fort Worth, Steven J. Kiester

Long Island (N.Y.), Thomas G. Fiorella

Puget Sound (Wash.), Gregory D. Brown

Raleigh, N.C., Joe Davis 

Raleigh, N.C., was the most improved chapter, while the Atlantic Provinces chapter won the Phoenix Award.

In 2012, seven chapter newsletters earned such distinction in the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ newsletter competition, with three taking home the top honor of platinum status. The winners and their newsletter editors are listed below.


National Capital (Washington, D.C.), Martin Franklin

South Jersey Delaware Valley, Thomas T. Fung

Twin Cities (Minn.), Jenna Weiland 


Central Connecticut, Carolina White

Long Island (N.Y.), Tom Fiorella


Greater Detroit, R. Jean Ruth

Pittsburgh, Ron Coperich