Body of Knowledge Governing Board 2021 - 2023

Diana Berry

BoK Governing Board Chair, Supply Chain Specialist, Harsco Rail, ISE Vice President Technical Operations

Diana works as a Supply Chain Specialist at Harsco Rail in Columbia, S.C. During her tenure at IISE, Diana has performed a variety of roles including Sustainability track chair, Annual Conference Program Chair, speaker, moderator. Diana was the founder of two of IISE Divisions, Logistics and Supply Chain and Sustainability.  She holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently one of the IISE Vice President of Technical Operations.

Krishnan Krishnaiyer

Partner - Center for Improvement, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Krishnaiyer lives to transform processes to add value. Leveraging on his pioneering work on business excellence, he helps the organization to diagnose, design, deliver, and sustain mission-critical improvements and innovation. Throughout his career, Krishnaiyer developed and refined an award-winning program that brought accretive value to the enterprise and its customers in global markets. As a thought leader, coach, and mentor, he revitalized organizations to organically transform the Lean Six Sigma from a continuous improvement program to a productivity improvement effort, to digital transformation, and to a competitive advantage system by empowering aspiring leaders with tools, method, and skills to do so. He serves as the Partner at Center for Improvement for Marathon Petroleum Corporation, where he spearheads the process redesign, innovation and data analytics. Before his current role, Krishnaiyer held process excellence leadership positions in world leading, companies in the manufacturing (The Goodyear Rubber and Tire), mail marketing (Metrogroup), and education (Pearson) industries. Krishnaiyer publishes in peer-reviewed journals and speaks in several international conferences. Krishnaiyer holds Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Design and Manufacturing from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Azad Madni

Founder and CEO Intelligent Systems Technology Inc.

Dr. Azad Madni is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Dean’s Professor in USC’s Astronautical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments, and Executive Director of USC’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program. He is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., a hi-tech company that conducts R&D in complex systems engineering methods and processes. He has received numerous prestigious awards and honors from nine professional societies and is a Life Fellow/Fellow of seven professional societies including IEEE, AAAS, INCOSE and AIAA. He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Engineering from UCLA. 

Chris Masek

Industrial Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Healthcare Transformation

Chris joined Veterans Affairs in July of 2008. He has been involved in managing projects, teaching, and establishing teams in process improvement efforts. Some of his interests include optimization of healthcare systems, decision support systems, modeling systems, and the application of quality tools and techniques to healthcare. Prior to that, Mr. Masek had worked in manufacturing in the automotive, telecommunications and rubber industries as an industrial engineer for 11 years. Chris is also involved in the Professional Engineering Exam committee with NCEES. Mr. Masek holds a license of Professional Industrial Engineer in the State of Nebraska and is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He earned a master of science degree in industrial engineering, as well as a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from University of Nebraska.

Lourdes A. Medina

Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). 

Lourdes holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in IE from The Pennsylvania State University, and a BS in IE from UPRM. With eight years of service to IISE’s Manufacturing and Design (M&D) Division, Dr. Medina is currently the past president of M&D. Her prior service include appointments as media director, secretary, president-elect and president. Dr. Medina has also been track chair in the 2015 and 2016 IISE Annual Conferences for the Engineering Education 2015 and Manufacturing and Design tracks, respectively. Her work in research, teaching, and service includes the IDDEAS Research Group, teaching Process Automation and Medical Device Development courses, and coordinating the RealTimePC Outreach Initiative. In 2021, Dr. Medina was selected as part of the first cohort of Penn State’s 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. Other of her accomplishments include the 2016 IISE M&D Outstanding Service Award, 2016 CIAPR Emergent Leader Award, and 2014-2015 IE Outstanding Professor Award.

Jose Monreal

Senior Technical Staff, Manufacturing and Test Engineering, Product Operations, Missile Systems, Raytheon Company

Jose is a Senior Technical Staff member for the Manufacturing & Test Engineering (MTE) group within the Operations Engineering & Support (OES) directorate, within Raytheon a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Previously, Monreal served as an Industrial Engineering Section Manager, leading 50+ Industrial Engineers, supporting all of Missile Systems’ Strategic Make Centers and all offsite locations. Earlier, Monreal served as an Industrial Engineering Lead for the Component Strategic Make Center comprised of Ultra-Precision Machining Center, Composites, RPM (Dallas), EOI (Richardson), and ELCAN (Canada) factories. In this role, Monreal provided facilitation and coordination between the make center leadership team and the embedded engineering team in the prioritization of process improvement and business capture projects. This included 5 year capital planning, AOP capital projects implementation and 5-Year Strategic Roadmaps. Prior to joining Raytheon Company, Monreal worked for Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company with over 20 years of experience in discrete and continuous manufacturing operations.

Monreal has worked with and led teams in process improvement, process/project management, operations management and product development in domestic (TX, GA, CO, TN, OH) and international (Germany, Slovakia) assignments. He served in various roles from Operations Superintendent, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Production Manager, Process Engineer, to Quality Supervisor as well as TIG welder of exotic metal products. Monreal is a Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), serving on both the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) and the Body of Knowledge Governing Board. Monreal is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt by George Group, an Accenture acquisition. Monreal was awarded a Graduate Fellowship – Bridge to the Doctorate, from the National Science Foundation (NSF), one of only twelve candidates selected at the University of Arizona.

Soundar Kumara 

Allen, E., and Allen, M., Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State

Has an affiliate appointment with the school of Information Sciences and Technology. His research interests are in Sensor based Manufacturing Process Monitoring, Data Science in Manufacturing and Healthcare, Graph Analytics and Large-Scale Complex Networks. He is a Fellow of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), and American Association of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is among the most cited authors in IE with 11,500 Google Citations and a h-index of 44, and his Erdos number is 3. Sixty-one Ph.D. and 70 MS students graduated under his guidance. He has pioneered nonlinear real-time sensor data analysis techniques for manufacturing process monitoring and diagnosis, and clustering of large-scale sensor networks. He teaches courses in AI and Data Analytics in Manufacturing. One of his papers in Physical Reviews-E is designated as a milestone paper for 2007 by PRE (25 papers, one for each year, were selected out of 50,000 published over 25 years from 1993 till 2018 in PRE).

Fazleena Badurdeen

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Online MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Kentucky; IISE Vice President, Technical Operations

Fazleena has nearly 20 years of engagement with IISE, serving in various capacities within the divisions, conferences, and other activities, and has been dedicated to identifying the industrial engineering community’s needs and helping develop activities of mutual benefit to both the institute and its members. Her research and teaching focus is on product design as well as manufacturing systems/supply chains with an emphasis on enhancing sustainability. She is also a core faculty member of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing.