Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers elects new officers

NORCROSS, Ga. – Feb. 2, 2018 – Don Greene, chief executive officer of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), has announced the election of the association's new officers.

Four positions were filled on IISE's 14-person board of trustees: president-elect; senior vice president, academics; senior vice president, continuing education; and senior vice president, regional operations.

K.J. RogersK.J. (Jamie) Rogers will be president-elect. Rogers is professor and associate chair of the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas. She was previously elected by IISE to serve on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 2008 and became president of ABET from 2014 to 2015. Rogers continues to serve on the ABET Global Council. On the regional level, she has been active in the IISE Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter and its Senior Chapter for several years. Rogers is an IISE fellow, ABET fellow and holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

As reported in the December issue of ISE magazine, Rogers promised that if elected she "will work to preserve, protect and defend industrial and systems engineering professionals as the gold standard for solving our critical global challenges."

Ann BisantzAnn Bisantz was elected senior vice president of academics. Bisantz is professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York. She serves on the editorial board of IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors and was the journal's associate editor from 2011 to 2016. Bisantz has a B.S. and an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


J.Cole SmithThe new senior vice president, continuing education, is J. Cole Smith. He is the professor and department chair of industrial engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Smith is the chair of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) and a member of its oversight committee. He is the former associate editor of IISE Transactions, the current department editor and received the IISE Transactions Best Paper award in 2007. He earned a B.S. in mathematical sciences at Clemson University and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

Kevin TaaffeThe new senior vice president, regional operations, is Kevin M. Taaffe. He is the Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Taaffe is a diplomate of IISE's Society for Health Systems. He served as the regional vice president through 2017 for IISE's Mid-Atlantic Region and was named the region's IISE Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2009 and 2012. Taaffe has a B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida.

Vice presidents for the IISE technical operations board and the IISE regional operations board also were elected.

The newly elected vice presidents of technical operations are Suzanna Long, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, and past president of IISE's Society for Engineering and Management Systems; and Aman Sapra, director of inventory and supply chain strategy, St. Onge Co., York, Pennsylvania, and past president of IISE's Lean Division and former board member of IISE's Logistics & Supply Chain Division.

Two IISE regions picked new region vice presidents. Niranjan S. Kulkarni, who is the director of operations improvement for CRB Consulting Engineers, will serve as South Central regional vice president. Charlene A. Yauch, a professor and industrial engineering program director at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will be regional vice president of the North Central region.

The new officers were elected by IISE professional members and will serve for three years. They will begin their terms April 1.

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.


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