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Annual Conference fetes honorees at Disneyland gala
A solid reward for a job (or paper, or research project) well done can make all the difference in the world.Their just rewards 

And what better reward than a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the site of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2016?

For years, IISE, its sponsors and members have endowed a plethora of scholarships, fellowships and honors to reward academics, practitioners and students and enhance the profession of industrial and systems engineering. Some of this year's winners are listed below. The ISERC best track paper, IIE Transactions and IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year award winners will be listed in an upcoming issue. Chapter and newsletter awards were published in the June issue.

To see a complete list of winners, go to

Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award
G. Kemble Bennett, Texas A&M University

Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award
Richard Cassady, University of Arkansas

David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award
Jianjun (Jan) Shi, Georgia Tech

David Ben-Arieh, Kansas State University
Satish Bukkapatnam, Texas A&M University
Alan Hoi-shou Chan, City University of Hong Kong
Lauralee (Lee) Cromarty, HID Global
Ken Currie, West Virginia University
Walter Garvin, Jabil Circuit Inc.
Jean Ann Larson, Jean Ann Larson & Associates
Jose Macedo, California Polytechnic State University
Cesar Malave, Texas A&M University
Jessica Matson, Tennessee Tech University
William (Tim) McGlothlin, Ergonomics Center of North Carolina
Kevin McManus, Great Systems!
Gary Moynihan, University of Alabama
Heather Nachtmann, University of Arkansas
Dennis Oates, Amazon
Jayant Rajgopal, University of Pittsburgh
John Templin, Templin Management Associates

Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia
Erick Moreno-Centeno, Texas A&M University

Outstanding Early Career IE in Business/Industry
Tarun Mohan Lal, Mayo Clinic

Outstanding Middle Career IE Leadership Award for Business/Industry
Sean Genovese, Boeing

Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award
Kazuo Takeda, Disney

George L. Smith International Award for Excellence in Promotion of Industrial Engineering
Hamid Parsaei, Texas A&M University/Qatar

Award for Technical Innovation
Rajan Batta, University at Buffalo, SUNY

UPS Minority Advancement Award
Paul Leu, University of Pittsburgh

Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award
Mark (Mahyar) Nejad, University of Oklahoma

James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence
Matthew Remy Aguirre, Texas A&M University

Graduate Research Award
Rebecca Widrick, AFIT

I5 Award
Carl Kirpes, GENESYS Systems Integrator

IISE/Rockwell Automation Student Simulation Competition (Sponsored by Rockwell Automation)
"Team ETS," Steeven Valois, Simon Lessard, Mathieu Dion and Marc Paquet (advisor), École de Technologie Supérieure

IISE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition (Sponsored by John Deere)
Lath Gbongbe, Ryerson University, "Data-driven Improvement in Alarm Fatigue Management"

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards
Global level honoree: Kamran Abedini (Western Region), California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Other regional level honorees:
Central/South American Region: Belgica Quiroz, UNITEC - Honduras
Great Lakes Region: Alper Murat, Wayne State University
Mexican Region: Rosa Hilda Felix Jacquez, Instituto Tecnologico de San Luis Potosi
Mid-Atlantic Region: Eileen Van Aken, Virginia Tech
Middle East Region: Adnan Al-Bashir, The Hashemite University-Jordan
North Central Region: Matt Frank, Iowa State University
Northeast Region: John Kaemmerlen, Rochester Institute of Technology
Southeast Region: Nina Miville, University of Miami


A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarships
Jack Francis, Mississippi State University
Garrett White, University of Pittsburgh

C.B. Gambrell Undergraduate Scholarships
Meghan Byham, Clemson University
Derek Sasthav, The Ohio State University

CISE Scholarship
Abby Hutton, Texas A&M University

Dwight D. Gardner Scholarships
Sarah Abdelaziz, Rutgers University
James Dickson, The Pennsylvania State University
Pablo Poza Guerra, University of Southern California

E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship
Seyed Shahab Mofidi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Gilbreth Memorial Fellowships
Kylie Gomes, Clemson University
Hannah Lobban, University of Oklahoma
Shalane Moore, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Megan Snelling, University of Oklahoma

Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarships
Clay Chipps, West Virginia University
Anthony Galante, University of Pittsburgh
Erin Glavin, Arizona State University
Abigail Hilliard, Kansas State University
Alejandro Moreno, Northeastern University

Henry and Elisabeth Kroeze Scholarship
Daniel Shirley, University of Florida

IISE Council of Fellows Scholarships
Zachary May, Kansas State University
Justin Traino, University of Pittsburgh

John F. Fargher Scholarship
Nicholas Loree, Ohio University

John L. Imhoff Scholarships
Liliana Delgado, University of Arkansas
Alisa Noll, The Ohio State University
Ronny Pacheco, Oklahoma State University

Lisa Zaken Award for Excellence
Ashley Martof, Youngstown State University

Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarships
Andrew Anderson, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Abbey Hunt, The University of Iowa

Presidents Scholarship
John (Jack) Schroder, The Ohio State University

Society for Health Systems Scholarship
Emily Collins, Kansas State University

UPS Scholarship for Female Students
Camille Jones, Ohio University

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students
W.R. Alexander Berry, Georgia Institute of Technology


CIS Division Mobile App Competition
QuickPredict, Jingwen (Jess) Li, Josh Binder and Kyle Houser, The Pennsylvania State University

Construction Division Student Paper Award (Sponsored by ConAm Group)
Sadegh Asgari, Columbia University, "Simulating Construction Bidding Using Agent-based Modeling"

Engineering Economy Division Teaching Award
Kellie Grasman, Missouri Science and Technology

Engineering Economy Wellington Award
Alice Smith, Auburn University

Lean Division Best Practice Competition
Nikhil Pal, Roland Tang and Sanjeev Verma, Jabil Circuit Singapore, "Lean Culture Transformation – Next Level"

Lean Division Student Paper Award (Sponsored by J T. and the late Carol Black)
Girish Upreti, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, "Improving the Hospital Discharge Process Using Lean Approach"

Lean Division Teaching Award (Sponsored by Lean Enterprise Value Foundation)
MD Sarder, University of Southern Mississippi
HungDa Wan, University of Texas, San Antonio

Logistics and Supply Chain Division Best Student Paper Award (Sponsored by APL Logistics)
Saba Al-Sayouri, Binghamton University, "Robust-optimization Models of Buyer-vendor Inventory for Supply Chain Coordination"

Logistics and Supply Chain Division Teaching Award (Sponsored by APL Logistics)
Ashlea Bennett Milburn, University of Arkansas

Manufacturing and Design Division Best Student Paper Award
Sanjay Shrestha, Youngstown State University, "Experimental Investigation of Micro Scale Contact Fatigue Wear Damage of EBM-built T16AL4V Surface"

Manufacturing and Design Division Outstanding Service Award
Lourdes Medina, University of Puerto Rico

Manufacturing and Design Division Young Investigator Award
Guha Manogharan, Youngstown State University

Operational Research Division Teaching Award
Murat Kurt, University at Buffalo
Thomas Sharkey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Operations Research Division Undergraduate Student Research Dissemination Award
Benjamin Rachunok, North Carolina State University

Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division Golomski Award
Gurmukh Advani and Om Prakash Yadav, North Dakota State University

Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division Student Paper Competition
Wujun Si, Wayne State University, "An Enhanced Functional Linear Model and Application in Reliability Analysis by Utilizing Material Microstructures."

Society for Engineering and Management Systems Best Student Paper Award (Sponsored by Missouri University of Science & Technology and University of Arkansas)
Shuchisnigdha Deb, Mississippi State University, "Identification of External Design Preferences in Autonomous Vehicles"

Society for Health Systems Student Paper Competition – Graduate Level
Kun Wang, Arizona State University, "Radiology Efficiency Dashboard: A Prototype for Radiology Quality Improvements"

Sustainable Development Division Best Student Paper Award
Pranay Devnani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Cloud Based End-of-Life Product Recovery"

Sustainable Development Division Teaching Award
Gregory Weisenborn, Fort Hays State University

Congratulations to the 2016 IIE Annual Student Design Competition Winners

During the 2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo, student attendees were tasked with creating a mobile app that would solve a problem that they currently experience. Students were randomly placed on teams and given time to work on their product before presenting to a panel of judges. Congratulations to all of the winners and participants!

ParQueen is a unified parking source, which uses an online application to connect drivers searching for parking with available spaces rented out by individuals or commercial entities.
Joshua Connelly, Auburn University
Johnson Kan, University of Waterloo
Sarah Van Valkenburgh, University of Florida

Adam Harrison, West Virginia University
Joey Newfeld, University of Miami
Lexi Scott, Texas A&M University

Jannah Abdallah, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Evan McIntyre, West Virginia University

Webinar gives taste of ELSS 2016

Dozens of sessions focus on manufacturing, healthcare, culture change
The 2016 IISE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

While the manufacturing and healthcare sessions (at 14 and 21, respectively) will dominate in numbers, much research has pointed to how culture is often the downfall of failed lean and Six Sigma transformations.

That's probably why 10 of the more than 50 sessions will focus on creating and sustaining a lean Six Sigma culture. Presenters include representatives from Georgia Pacific, Wells Fargo, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Jabil and the Medical University of South Carolina. Culture also is the subject of a webinar from one of the presenters at ELSS 2015. Mark Nestle, global director of productivity for Praxair Corp., recently presented "Applying the Formula for Change to Sustain LSS Improvement."

The webinar gives viewers a taste of what to expect at ELSS 2016 and is open to IISE members and nonmembers. Listen to the webinar, along with many others, at Nestle's webinar will be archived under "Lean."

Other topics at ELSS 2016, which is scheduled for Sept. 14-16 at the Embassy Suites-Riverwalk Downtown San Antonio, include process improvement, service systems and retail, product and service design/development, lean Six Sigma in the classroom and experiential games and simulations – quite appropriate, since ELSS 2016 is held in conjunction with the Lean Educator Conference.

Early-bird registration, which can save participants $150, is available until July 25. To register and find out more details about the conference, visit Click on "Program" for a matrix of the sessions.

Standard data and work measurement

One-day conference details best ways to manage work standards
Standard data is an integral part of work measurement, and IISE's Best Practices in Managing Work Standards conference will feature three of the major standard data systems – MTM, MOST and MODAPTS – along with organizational specific systems.

The one-day session, scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Embassy Suites Chicago O'Hare, allows participants to fly in, gather critical knowledge and fly out without committing multiple workdays to a lengthy conference. Industry experts will address issues and provide examples of how they are managing their work measurement programs.

David Poirier, founder of The Poirier Group (TPG), will talk about how the proper application of work standards delivers proven results.

Peter Kuhlang, head of the MTM-Institute and MTM-Academy, will discuss the international MTM (methods-time measurement) standard of practice, including uniformity of basic MTM data.

Phil L. Taylor, CEO of Abilities Unlimited of Jonesboro Inc., will detail two different examples of advanced uses of MODAPTS, which has been used worldwide since 1966.

Doug Rabeneck, global lead for Accenture and a former IISE president, will examine how to use the MOST work measurement system to maintain engineered standards and analyze activities and measure their work content.

Michael Mitchell, executive director of the MTM Association and president of the MTM Productivity Services Corp., will examine how work measurement improves the return on lean investments.

George Bishop, principal at G.H. Bishop Global, will examine how to build, share and manage your data in real time to maintain the integrity of your engineered labor standards.

Kevin Francis, a Six Sigma black belt for Continental Automotive, will lead a session on the performance management system, highlighting the measurement system and improvement road map.

And Joyce T. Siegele, director of productivity management at Northside Hospital and president of IISE's Society for Health Systems, will reveal how applying work standards within healthcare is vital for medical organizations.

For more information and to register, visit

VOLUNTEER SNAPSHOT: The 50-year plan

Former IISE President Needy aims to be role model for students
While Kim Needy works on her 50-year plan at IISE, the former board of trustees president is finding that IE skills remain valuable in her current post as dean of the University of Arkansas Graduate School and International Education.Kim Needy, a former IISE president, wants to be a role model for her students and encourage their involvement with the institute. 

IISE's Honors and Awards dinner always recognizes those who have been members for a half century or more.

"Every year at the Annual Conference I see John White and George Smith get up," the 35-year volunteer said with a laugh. "I want that 50-year membership. That's what I'm working on now."

Needy joined IISE as a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 – shortly before AIIE, the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, dropped "American" to reflect the institute's international nature, and long before this year's change added "systems" to the name.

The institute has been a valuable resource, helping Needy build her network and develop leadership skills that propelled her to IISE's presidency in 2013.

And her IE ties still help, even though these days she often gets questioned about whether she likes her job now that she's not doing industrial engineering.

"I tell them, 'Are you kidding me? I'm doing industrial engineering every day,'" Needy said. "It's just I'm applying those skills to an academic process in the grad school and international education. I'm dealing with processes all day long."

In fact, she has brought in three industrial engineering senior design teams to study processes and has been delighted with their solutions. In academia, more resources usually aren't available.

"So you need to work on being more effective with the resources you have, and the best way to be more effective is to stop doing things that are not adding value and reallocate those resources then to do something that can add value," she said.

That allure keeps her attached to IISE post-presidency. After a career that has included leadership stints at university and professional chapters, along with regional posts and involvement with the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads, she is involved with the Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering (WISE) group. Also last year, she spoke at VOLT, the daylong volunteer leadership training program that takes place before the official start of each year's Annual Conference.

She admits that one reason for involvement is selfish – she gets a lot out of it, crediting her volunteer leadership posts with helping her land jobs and promotions. But the people she has met through the years have become friends, "as good as family in many cases."

And her post in academia allows her to promote IISE as a way for her students to network, learn new skills and build their careers.

"I want to be a role model for them and encourage them to get involved with the society, and so the best way to do that is to be an example."

Health systems conference seeks abstracts

Hopefuls have a seven-week window coming up to submit abstracts for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2017.

Abstracts open up July 11 and will close Aug. 31. The conference is March 1-3 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida. Sponsored by IISE's Society for Health Systems (SHS), the event will have tracks focusing on process improvement, leadership and management, change management, operations research and other subjects of interest to those on the front lines of improving the U.S. healthcare system.

For more information, visit To learn more about SHS, visit

CHAPTER CHECK-IN: Rising up in Kansas City

Monthly events, member support re-energize professional chapter
Carl Kirpes (from left) describes GENESYS Technology Enabler’s annual Drumm Run that raises money for the Drumm Farm Center for Children to Rachel Seo, Amy Martens, Emily Schmar, Anita Noller and Lawrence Andre. The IISE Kansas City chapter recently toured GENESYS.It's amazing what regular monthly events, support of local ISE students in college and support and attendance at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo can do for a professional chapter.

Over the past year, such activities have revitalized the Greater Kansas City professional chapter to the tune of more than 80 active members, said member Carl Kirpes. Attendance at events range from 15 to 30, but some gatherings have pushed closer to 50 attendees.

Members have toured Boulevard Brewing Co. (a Kansas City brewery with global distribution), Royals Stadium (the Royals won last year's Major League Baseball World Series), Sporting KC stadium (a professional soccer club that won the MLS cup in 2013), the Sprint Center (a multiuse indoor arena) and GENESYS (a manufacturing systems integrator and technology enabler).

The professional chapter has increased ties with collegiate affiliates by supporting the IAB YouTube video contest and holding a mentor day with industrial engineering students from Kansas State and the University of Missouri. An additional boost came from a membership reception at a wine and art gallery and test drives of an electric car.

"From a leadership perspective, making the effort to have a … chapter event each month has made an impact on the positive chemistry of the group, which builds onto the ease with which future events are able to be planned, and creates a platform to attract new members as it relates to the value add they themselves get and the new perspectives, connections and insights they are able to take back to their organization," Kirpes, who works for GENESYS, said.

So if your local chapter seems a bit moribund or lacking, the Greater Kansas City professional chapter has provided a blueprint for your future success.


Celebrating member achievements 

Soundar Kumara 

Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, was awarded $20,000 from the College of Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Seed Grant program for his proposal, “Discovering Patterns in Self-reported Care Experience Data and Clinical Outcome Data to Improve Patient Experience.”

Harriet Nembhard 

Harriet Nembhard, professor and director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, was awarded $20,000 from the College of Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Seed Grant program for her proposal, “Demand Management for a Mobile Intervention to Support Chronic Heart Failure in the Community.”

Tish Pohl 

Tish Pohl, clinical assistant professor of industrial engineering at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Pohl previously was recognized as an academic advisor of the year by the university's Academic Advising Council.

James Franklin Sharp 

James Franklin Sharp has been selected as Outstanding Industrial Engineering Alumnus by the University of Illinois, where he did his undergraduate work. He previously was honored as an Outstanding Industrial Engineering Alumnus by Purdue University, where he earned his master’s degree and doctoral degree.

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