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June 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 6

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Keeping pace with IIE in the June 2013 issue of Industrial Engineer 

An island of winners

IIE honored top achievers at this year's Annual Conference in Puerto Rico
Each year at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, the Institute of Industrial Engineers recognizes those who have made signifi­cant achievements in research, service and industry that advance the industrial and systems engineering profession. This year, the event was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and featured an impressive array of professionals and students receiving much-deserved honors and awards. Below is a list of award winners. The July issue will feature best track paper, scholarship, fellowship and competition honors.

Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award

Allen Soyster

Captains of Industry

Felix Diaz, Pall Corp.
Guy Primus, Overbrook Entertainment

Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award

Bopaya Bidanda, University of Pittsburgh  

David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award

James Wilson, North Carolina State University  


Majid Abab, Boeing
Bram Corbijn van Willenswaard, Technologies BV
Toni Doolen, Oregon State University
Andris Freivalds, The Pennsylvania State University
Joseph Hartman, University of Florida
Andrew Jardine, University of Toronto
Joseph Pignatiello Jr., Air Force Institute of Technology
Sarah Ryan, Iowa State University
Roberto Zarama, Universidad de los Andes

Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia

Jingyan Dong, North Carolina State University

Outstanding Early Career IE in Business/Industry

Brandon Theiss, Medtronic Spinal

Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award

Joseph Hartman, University of Florida

Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award

First place: Osman Ozaltin, University of Waterloo

James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence

First place: Lindsey Gerstad, Bradley University

Middle Career Leadership Award

Joan Wagner, Spirit AeroSystems

Award for Technical Innovation

Sheldon Jacobson, University of Illinois

Graduate Research Award

Akshay Ghurye, The Pennsylvania State University

IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year

Ravi Ravindran and Donald Warsing, Supply Chain Engineering: Models and Applications 

IIE Transactions Awards

Design and Manufacturing Best Paper: “Designing Manu­facturing Facility Layouts to Mitigate Congestion,” Min Zhang, Rajan Batta and Rakesh Nagi

Design and Manufacturing Best Application Paper: “Opti­mally Loading Tow Trains for Just-In-Time Supply of Mixed-Model Assembly Lines,” Simon Emde, Malte Fliedner and Nils Boysen

Operations Engineering and Analysis Best Paper: “Defeating Symmetry in Combinatorial Optimization via Objec­tive Function Perturbations and Hierarchical Constraints,” A. Ghoniem and H.D. Sherali

Operations Engineering and Analysis Best Application Paper: “Risk-adjusted Budget Allocation Models with Applica­tion in Homeland Security,” Jian Hu, Tito Homem-de-Mello and Sanjay Mehrotra

Quality and Reliability Engineering Best Paper: “Patterns of the Birnbaum Importance in Linear Consecutive-K-out-of-N Systems,” Xiaoyan Zhu, Qingzhu Yao and Way Kuo

Quality and Reliability Engineering Best Application Paper: “Sequential Measurement Strategy for Wafer Geometric Profile Estimation,” Ran Jin, Chia-Jung Chang and Jianjun Shi

Scheduling and Logistics Best Paper: “Reducing Emergency Department Waiting Times by Adjusting Work Shifts Consider­ing Patient Visits to Multiple Care Providers,” David Sinreich, Ola Jabail and Nico Dellaert

Outstanding IIE Publication

Elsayed Elsayed, Reliability Engineering, Second Edition 

UPS Minority Advancement

Andres Carrano and Matthew Marshall, Rochester Institute of Technology

Golomski Award

“Fault Diagnosis for Multi-state Equipment with Multiple Fail­ure Modes,” Ming J. Zuo and Ramin Moghaddass

SEMS Management Award

Art Muniz, UPS

Wellington Award

Jane Fraser, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Raising the ergo bar

New tracks and stiff competition were hallmarks of AEC 2013
With nearly 700 attendees, this year’s Applied Ergonomics Conference was one of the largest in recent years. Held in Dallas in March, the conference impressed with top-notch presenta­tions, roundtables and poster sessions, according to Program Co-Chair Julia Abate.The Ergonomics Center Executive Director Tim McGlothlin (left) stands with The Enforcers of Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc., which won the Ergo Cup in the team-driven workplace solutions category. 

“We’re getting some good case stud­ies and more internationally diverse attendees and speakers. We refined our review process and our rating system, and I think that’s resulted in some higher caliber presentations. We’ve raised the bar a little bit,” said Abate, an ergonomics specialist for SAS Institute.

From the pre-conference work­shops and facility tours to the keynote speeches from National Safety Council CEO Janet Froetscher and ErgoWeb CEO Peter Budnick, the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, said Abate. And there were several new elements to the conference this year, including a material handling track with the EASE Council, which Abate said was so successful that they plan to repeat it next year.

But perhaps the most notable addi­tion to the conference was a new student track that included mentoring, mock interviews and panel sessions from professionals in healthcare, manufac­turing and consulting.

“We have more and more students attending, and they help out behind the scenes, too. So we were really trying to make it a full day for students. And Meghan Kress, [co-chair of the Student Committee], is the student who kind of led that effort. I think some of the students were getting hooked up with jobs, too,” Abate added.

But the biggest event of AEC each year is the Ergo Cup competition, and this year was no exception. Wayne Maynard, who served as one of the judges, believes the competition represents the best of what the conference has to offer.

Peter Budnick (top), founder and CEO of ErgoWeb and Janet Froetscher, CEO of the National Safety Council, gave the keynote presentations at AEC 2013. 
Peter Budnick (top), founder and CEO of ErgoWeb and Janet Froetscher, CEO of the National Safety Council, gave the keynote presentations at AEC 2013. 
“It’s unique,” said Maynard. “The Ergo Cup is in the spirit of what the conference is trying to achieve – assist­ing practitioners with interventions in the workplace primarily that can reduce risk and control loss. And [it] puts examples of that in action.”

The 2013 winners were:

  • Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc. in the team-driven workplace solutions category
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. in the team-driven workplace solutions with internal competitions category
  • Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in the engineering/ergonomist-driven workplace solutions category
  • GE Healthcare - Surgery in the ergonomics program improvement initia­tives category

Maynard, a product director in risk control services at Liberty Mutual Insur­ance, said the participants become more and more competitive each year, but they should be proud to make it to the conference.

“The Ergo Cup committee is very selective on who gets in, and if you get accepted for the competition, it is an achievement. It really is,” said Maynard.

The Ergo Excellence Awards were presented to Ford Motor Co. Cleve­land Engine Plant for innovation, Ford Kentucky Truck Plant for simplic­ity, Bath Iron Works for cost savings, Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Co. for ergonomic risk and Cordis Corp. Miami Lakes Plant for presentation quality.

Highlights from AEC 2013, including a photo album and a full list of award and competition winners, are posted at

The 17th annual Applied Ergonom­ics Conference will be held March 24-27, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

Agile events ramp up

Daylong events herald best practices for Human Factors in Healthcare and Managing Work Standards
There are two upcoming opportunities for learning best prac­tices in two of the most beneficial areas of process improvement: human factors and work measurement.

On Aug. 26, the Best Practices in Managing Human Factors in Healthcare conference will be held at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport in College Park, Ga. The new event will focus on improving safety, quality of care, and efficiency in health facilities using ergonomics and human factors initiatives.

Speakers will include seven experts in applying human factors to healthcare management such as Tim McGlothlin, execu­tive director of The Ergonomics Center at North Carolina State University; Amanda Mewborn, a registered nurse and a senior healthcare operational planner at Perkins+Will; Joyce Holshouser Benton, a registered nurse and the risk control director at CNA Healthcare; and Dr. Brian H. Fillipo, chief medical officer/chief quality officer of Guthrie Health. View the full list of speakers and their bios at

IIE’s popular Best Practices in Managing Work Standards one-day event will be held Oct. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Attendees will learn how to document and maintain work standards to achieve maximum efficiency. Among the seven expert speakers for this event are Chad Nutter, manager of hub engineering support at FedEx SmartPost; Doug Raben­eck, senior manager at Accenture; and Mark Valentine, director of engineering for Walmart Logistics. Read about all the speakers and their session descriptions at

IIE’s best practices conferences are one-day events designed to showcase the leading applications and experts in industrial engi­neering, ergonomics, healthcare, and supply chain management improvement.



Don Greene  IIE Chief Executive Officer Don Greene was selected to join Georgia Tech’s Stewart School of Industrial and Sys­tems Engineering Advisory Board. The board comprises distinguished professional and community leaders who support, advise and guide strategic initia­tives and help with development goals.
Hanif Sherali  The Virginia Board of Visi­tors named Hanif Sherali University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of In­dustrial and Systems En­gineering at Virginia Tech. He was Uni­versity Distinguished Professor and W. Thomas Rice Professor of Engineering, and his research has led to improvements in air traffic control and rail resources management.

Adedeji Badiru 

Alfred Thal 

As part of the Air Force Institute of Technology Department of Systems Engineering and Management team, department head Adedeji Badiru and associate professor Alfred Thal won the AU-level C3 (Cost Conscious Culture) Team Annual Award. Their programs saved the university $344,000.
David Eckman  David Eckman, an indus­trial engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, won a 2013 Goldwater Scholarship. The scholar­ship program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sci­ences and engineering.
Yuehwern Yih  Purdue University indus­trial engineering professor Yuehwern Yih received the university’s Faculty En­gagement Fellow Award. She was honored for her work on food dis­tribution to HIV patients in Kenya.


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