Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2010    |    Volume: 42    |    Number: 9

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Keeping pace with IIE in the September 2010 issue of Industrial Engineer

What you get for $144

IIE membership has its privileges … and benefits

Every once in a while here at IIE we like to sit down and take stock of what we’re doing and share what we offer our members and why it is important. This is one of those times.

Publications. One of the most visible and tangible member benefits is what you’re holding in your hands, Industrial Engineer magazine. The award-winning periodical is in its 42nd year of providing IEs and IE types articles that focus on education, ergonomics, facilities planning, health systems, IT, manufacturing and lean, material handling and warehousing, Six Sigma and a host of other topics. Rely on IE magazine to provide news monthly about the latest trends and what’s going on in your industry.

For an additional $35, you get membership in the Society for Engineering and Management Systems. SEMS members receive Industrial Management magazine, which is published six times a year. IM focuses on ways to manage industrial processes, facilities and concerns in effective and efficient ways.

The archives for these magazines offer a quick and easy way to search for past content.

IIE members also get discounts worth much more than the membership price when they subscribe to any of our three refereed journals: our flagship IIE Transactions, printed 12 times a year; The Engineering Economist, printed four times a year; and IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, published four times a year.

IIE is presenting two more journals in the near future: The Journal of Enterprise Transformation, the first journal dedicated to research on how best to understand and pursue transforming your enterprise amidst an IT revolution and rapid globalization, and IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, which will publish ergonomics research on issues relevant to IEs and using common industrial engineering tools.

Discounts will be offered on the new journals, so stay tuned for more details. For more information on current titles, visit

And don’t forget that societies and divisions from construction to lean issue their own news in the form of e-newsletters.

Professional development. At its most basic, professional development is about one of two things: Someone looking for a job or someone needing to fill a job. IIE’s online career center, found at, offers that and more. You can list unfilled positions, search for new employment and post your résumé.

But beyond the basics, professional development is about learning new skills, meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with old ones, and finding new ways to improve processes.

The online knowledge center (on the main menu of the home page) gives members access to white papers, past magazine articles, conference proceedings, newsletters and Web-exclusive content.

And IIE members get discounts on top-notch training for virtually everything IEs do and need to do better. IIE offers certificate courses, seminars and webinars. Go to the new IIE Training Center (see sidebar) to learn about the institute’s extensive course offerings and training programs, which are held online, at IIE headquarters in Atlanta and at various locations nationwide. IIE’s major conferences offer additional opportunities to increase your technical skills. And webinars are free and easily accessible online, allowing your organization to save on travel costs.

IIE instructors will even come to your corporation to train your staff, promoting continuous improvement throughout your organization.

Whether it’s earning Six Sigma belts or brushing up on lean, health systems, project management, work measurement or ergonomics topics, IIE has the infrastructure to deliver what you need.

Networking. Unlike other life endeavors, industrial engineering is very much about what you know. But who you know can be a plus as well. IIE has more ways to network than you can shake a slide rule at.

Networking is so valuable to your career that it easily could fit under professional development. But hey, that section was long enough.

First, the online membership directory gives you contact information for thousands of productivity and efficiency professionals. Got a supply chain problem? Somebody out there has the answer. Need to improve a health system? We have an entire society for that, the Society for Health Systems.

To find the membership directory, go to

Second, IIE runs several major conferences a year. Many members and others tell us that networking is a prime reason to attend. With a cadre of professionals corralled into a hotel, the opportunities to meet and greet are boundless. Select Conferences on the home page menu.

Third, there’s the 21st century phenomenon of social networking. All the cool kids are doing it. Millions worldwide blog or use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. IIE is no different, just more efficient and effective.

It’s a quick way to find the latest information from IIE headquarters. And you can post questions about professional problems, browse our many blogs, join in on discussion topics and communicate with other professionals and students. If you’re lucky, your contributions could wind up published in IE magazine’s “On the Boards.”

Blogs are posted at and are accessible from the IIE home page, which has links to IIE’s Twitter feed, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Societies and divisions. Ten industry and discipline-specific groups help you network (see above) and benchmark with people who do similar work. You also can explore areas outside of what you normally face in your daily IE work.

IIE has two societies. The Society for Health Systems helps program the SHS Conference and Expo every year, and, as noted above, the Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) has its own magazine, Industrial Management. Several divisions and societies deliver their own newsletters filled with papers, opinions, trends, updates and other news you can use.

Several are offering regular webinars to keep their members up to date on everything from Ergo Cup do’s and don’ts to simulation in process industries.

The eight divisions are: Applied Ergonomics, Computer and Information Systems, Construction, Engineering Economy, Lean, Operations Research, Process Industries, and Quality Control & Reliability Engineering.

Volunteering. According to the cliché, volunteering is a way to give back. But talk to any of the more than 2,500 people who volunteer each year for IIE, and they’ll say they get more than they give. SEMS President Eileen Van Aken wrote a whole column about it in the July/August issue of Industrial Management.

“I never would have imagined … as an undergraduate IE student how much fulfillment, knowledge and sense of professional identity I would gain over these years,” Van Aken wrote.

There’s the networking thing (again, see above). The contacts you make can help with job changes, keeping your job and landing consulting gigs. But you also can develop professional and leadership skills that can help secure you promotions and advance your career.

Every boss wants to hire people with experience. Stepping outside of your daily work to help run an IIE project, develop a conference program or work in a cross-functional team gives you real-world experience. Then, when your boss asks, you can say, “Been there and done that.”

Conferences. Conferences are a microcosm of virtually everything listed above: professional development, networking, societies and divisions and volunteering.

And IIE members get it all on the cheap. Conference discounts alone cover the cost of a yearly membership.

IIE conferences offer world-class programming, networking and on-target topics that will advance your knowledge and skills. Attendees can connect with the best minds in the industries IIE serves and return to work with skills they can put to immediate use.

So next year, make plans to attend the SHS Conference and Expo, Feb. 17-20, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Following is the Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo, March 21-24, 2011, also in Orlando, Fla. And, of course, the granddaddy of them all, IIE’s 61st Annual Conference and Expo, will be held May 21-25 in Reno, Nev.

Get your learning on

The IIE Training Center has been rebuilt from the ground up to give it a cleaner look and make it easier for users to navigate.

Since 1948, IIE has been one of the leading organizations offering training to industrial engineers and other professionals who deal with productivity, efficiency and quality. Now, our training center is benchmarked against the best training sites available.

Courses and training have been grouped into seven subjects: Applied ergonomics, engineering management, healthcare management engineering, industrial engineering skills, lean and Six Sigma, quality systems and standards, and supply chain management. Clicking on a subject divides the courses again into classroom and online seminars.

The site includes a course finder search engine and easier navigation to the course schedule. Check it out at

ABET goes annual

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has revamped its annual meeting into an annual conference.

ABET’s “Partnering for Progress: Advancing Constituent-Centered and Quality-Driven Accreditation” will be held Oct. 27-29 at the Tremonts Historic Venue and All-Suite Hotel in downtown Baltimore.

The conference will kick off with Gloria Rogers’ Faculty Workshop on Sustainable Assessment Processes, followed by two days when ABET member societies, volunteers, faculty and administrators, industry leaders, and international representatives can learn and engage during interactive panels, breakout sessions and town hall meetings.

ABET now accredits some 2,900 educational programs at more than 600 colleges and universities. A federation of 30 professional and technical societies in applied science, computing, engineering and technology, ABET has more than 1,500 volunteers who work to ensure quality in higher education.

Volunteers accredit programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. IIE has about 80 active program evaluators volunteering for ABET, which accredits about 125 to 130 industrial engineering programs.

IIE works not only to provide program evaluators, but the criteria ABET uses to accredit those programs.

Registration information for the ABET conference is available at

Avoid catastrophe

IIE offers four-course Enterprise Risk Management Certificate

Is your company worried about a double-dip recession? Do you fear a disaster like BP’s Gulf oil leak?

IIE is offering an Enterprise Risk Manager Certificate based on ISO, ANSI and NIST standards. It also responds to new federal regulatory requirements that deal with public safety.

Irrespective of the attention risk management is getting because of BP, it’s a good business practice for individuals and companies to have a contingency plan for risk management. The IIE certificate provides professionals in enterprise risk management and risk-based problem solving a formal recognition of their skills. The certificate fills a void in the market for engineers as well as quality, supply management, purchasing and operations professionals to manage operational and project complexity.

The certificate will benefit anyone who is responsible for ongoing operations, including general managers, IE managers and senior management personnel. All courses will be taught in Norcross, Ga.

The required courses include Project Risk Management, Sept. 20-21; Process Risk Management (Value Added Auditing), Oct. 18-19; Supply Risk Management, Dec. 16-17; and Enterprise Risk Management, Jan. 27-28, 2011.

For more information, visit

Annual champions

Dozens take home honors from IIE’s signature conference

Congratulations are due to scholarship, fellowship and competition winners from June’s IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010. The honors acknowledge superior performance in industry and academic leadership, education and research.
Other winners were published in the July issue of Industrial Engineer. To see a complete list of winners, go to

UPS Scholarship for Female Students
Margaret Morrison, Virginia Tech

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students
Aeron Glover, University of Tennessee

Innovations in Curriculum Competition
Dave Sly, Iowa State University, “Development of an Engineering Sales Program with Industry”

IIE/Rockwell Automation Student Simulation Competition
University of Florida, “Simulator Gators” – James Britton, Natalie Keller, Megan Vrenjak; Serdar Kirli, faculty adviser

IIE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition
First place: Thomas Hong, Oklahoma State University, South Central Region, “An Investigation into the Current Distribution System at Ditch Witch in Perry, Oklahoma”

Second place: Scott Bruce, Georgia Tech, Southeast Region, “Improving the Customer Screening Process: Fraud Analysis Using Logistic Regression and Integer Programming”

Third place: Juan Antonio Galvan Romero, Instituto Tecnologico de San Luis Potosi, Mexican Region, “Increase Production Capacity at Trucks Area EMD and AC Models”

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards
Global Level Honoree: Ana Maria Canto Esquivel, Instituto Technologico de Merida

Regional Level Honorees
Central and South American Region: Luis Ignacio Morales Eckardt, Universidad Technologico de Bolivar
Great Lakes Region: Martin Cala, Youngstown State University
Mexican Region: Ana Maria Canto Esquivel, Instituto Tecnologico de Merida

Society and Division Honors
Construction Division Student Paper Competition
Scott Cody, Rochester Institute of Technology, “The Integration of Project Delivery in the Construction Industry”

IIE-CIS Division Student Paper Competition
Trung Le, Oklahoma State University, “Real-Time Modeling of Cardiovascular Dynamics using Electrocardiogram-Based Activation Functions”

Lean Division Student Paper Competition
Mariza Siller, Taide Sanchez and Jair Onofre, Universidad de Monterrey, San Pedro, “Reducing Order Cycle Time through a TOC-Lean Approach: A Case Study”

Lean Division Teaching Award
Andres Carrano, John Kaemmerlen and Jacqueline Mozrall, Rochester Institute of Technology

Operational Research Division Teaching Award
Amy Cohn, University of Michigan, and Joel Sokol, Georgia Tech

SHS Student Paper Competition
Graduate Level: William Herring, University of Maryland-College Park, “A Stochastic Dynamic Program for the Single-day Surgery Scheduling Problem”

Undergraduate Level: Mickie Treurnicht, Stellenbosch University, “A Decision Support Framework for Telemedicine Implementation in the Developing World”

Scholarships and Fellowships
A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Black, University of Arkansas

Benjamin Willard Niebel Scholarships
Carol Smith Cayo, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Kristen Weaver, The Ohio State University

C.B. Gambrell Undergraduate Scholarship
Michael Lesko, University of Pittsburgh

Dwight D. Gardner Scholarships
Aimee Dilley, University of Oklahoma
William Hyson, West Virginia University
Kevin Tang, Rutgers University

E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship
Yazhe Feng, Virginia Tech

Gilbreth Memorial Fellowships
Ashley Benedict, Purdue University
Michelle McGaha, Texas A&M University

Harold & Inge Marcus Scholarship
Scott Streiner, University of Pittsburgh

John L. Imhoff Scholarship
Paul Lynch, The Pennsylvania State University

Lisa Zaken Award for Excellence
Colton Griffin, University of Tennessee

Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarship
Blake Cignarella, Rutgers University
Saransh Midha, University of Tennessee

Presidents Scholarship
Maci Dickson, University of Arkansas


Celebrating member achievements

O. Geoffrey Okogbaa, professor of industrial and management systems engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., has been elected a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

Mark Karwan, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was named a SUNY (State University of New York) Distinguished Teaching Professor.

IIE student member Kelsey J. Kotur earned Stabile Scholarships recently from Tau Beta Pi. The $2,000 awards are for her senior year in 2010-2011. Kotur attends the University of Missouri-Columbia.

David J. Soukup, an adjunct professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, received the 2010 Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education Award from the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

Vincent Howell was honored in June with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Award of Merit at SME’s conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Brian M. Kleiner, professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Ralph H. Bogle Professor Fellow in industrial and systems engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.