Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers honors Inge Marcus

Inge Marcus (pictured holding plaque) was presented with an honorary membership to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) at an Oct. 20, 2017, ceremony at The Pennsylvania State University campus in celebration of the life and contributions of Marcus and her late husband Harold “Hal” Marcus. Former IISE Presidents Alan Soyster (left), a former head of the Harold & Inge Marcus Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (IME), and Susan Steadman, also an IME alumna, along with Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Head Janis Terpenny (right), presented Marcus with the plaque on behalf of IISE. (Pam Wertz/Penn State)NORCROSS, Ga. – Oct. 30, 2017 – In a rare move reflective of the recipient's importance and stature within the profession, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) bestowed the prestigious IISE Honorary Member Award upon Inge Marcus in a recent ceremony at The Pennsylvania State University.

According to Penn State officials, Marcus traveled to the campus from her home in Olympia, Wash., accompanied by her grandson Kyle, to take part in a celebration of the life of her late husband Harold "Hal" Marcus. The alumnus, philanthropist and businessman who, along with his wife, provided unprecedented support not only to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering that bears their name but also to the larger College of Engineering and Penn State community.

"Inge is very much an industrial engineer – always looking to improve and optimize in her everyday life and in how she invests in people and the future," said Janis Terpenny, Penn State's Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo chair and head of the Harold & Inge Marcus Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering.

Don Greene, chief executive officer of IISE, expressed the Institute's gratitude.

"Inge Marcus and her late husband, Harold, have always shown great dedication to and support for the industrial and systems engineering profession.

Their philanthropic efforts have benefitted many industrial and systems engineering students, universities and IISE itself. IISE is pleased to recognize Mrs. Marcus' accomplishments by granting her honorary member status, something we've only done 29 times in our history. We wish to thank Mrs. Marcus for all that she has done for our profession."

The IISE Honorary Member Award is the highest honor IISE can grant an individual of acknowledged professional eminence who is not a member of IISE other than the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award. Details about the award can be found at www.iise.org/Honorary.

About the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers: The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of its members, customers and the profession.

For more information, contact IISE Chief Operating Officer Donna Calvert at (770) 349-1108 or dcalvert@iise.org, or visit the IISE website at www.iise.org.

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