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August 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 8

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More than 1,600 attendees traveled to the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013.


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

Continuous improvement along the shore

Attendees laud annual conference and its learning-friendly location
At her 15th IIE Annual Conference and Expo in 16 years, Bonnie Thiede noticed two things near and dear to the hearts of every industrial engineer – continuous improvement and growth.

Both the quality of the speakers and the information they present keep getting better, according to the industrial engineer for John Deere. Thiede called the growing number of student and international attendees at this year’s gala in San Juan, Puerto Rico, refreshing.

The 2013 conference included more than 750 educational sessions, and hundreds of those presented full papers, along with facility tours, networking events, pre-conference workshops, colloquiums and exhibits. Attendees remarked that the island atmosphere and the Caribe Hilton combined for a laid-back setting that was extremely conducive to introspection and learning.

Thiede singled out Boeing’s Lean Six Sigma presentation as being especially current, with valuable information that she brought back to her job at Deere – just more evidence that as the years go by, conference quality increases.

“The speakers seem to be more dynamic,” she said. “Maybe it is because they are passionate about their topics. There has always been a wide variety of topics – my favorite tracks are supply chain and engineering management.

“I also really enjoy the panel discussion sessions. I went to the one on managing risk in global markets. Gloria Bender and the rest of the panelists from the [Council on Industrial Engineering] were really able to paint a picture of what is important to their companies and specific traits needed for employees.”

The 2014 IIE Annual Conference and Expo is scheduled for May 31-June 3 at the Palais des Congrés de Montréal in Montreal.

Click here to see the conference photos.