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Keeping pace with IISE 

New leaders take the helm

New President-elect McGlothlin, two others join board of trustees 

Tim McGlothlin (from left) Candace Yano and Amanda Mewborn have been elected to posts on IISE’s board of trustees.

A driving force behind the IISE/GOErgo Applied Ergonomics Conference has been voted president-elect of IISE.

Tim McGlothlin joins two others for vacant posts on the 13-person IISE board of trustees: Candace Yano as senior vice president of publications and Amanda Mewborn as senior vice president, technical operations. IISE professional members also voted in three vice presidents of technical operations and three regional vice presidents during this year's election cycle.

McGlothlin is executive director of The Ergonomics Center, housed in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University. The IISE fellow previously served on the board as senior vice president of technical operations and also has served on various committees for the Applied Ergonomics Conference.

Yano is a professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the University of California, Berkeley. The IISE fellow served as editor-in-chief of IIE Transactions (now IISE Transactions), IISE's flagship technical journal, from 2005 to 2009.

Mewborn is executive director of the Project Management Office at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. She is a certified pediatric nurse, black belt and former president of IISE's Society for Health Systems. She also writes the health systems column for ISE magazine.

The newly elected vice presidents of technical operations are Tina Agustiady, president and CEO of Agustiady Lean Six Sigma, a global master black belt and the project manager of deploying a lean enterprise system at Masonite; John Jackman, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State University; and Rajiv Saxena, global head of supply chain solutions at APL Logistics.

Three IISE regions picked new region vice presidents. Howard Huang, who provides business analysis and change management services to the Business Systems Group at Litens Automotive, will serve as regional vice president of the Canada region. Jared Frederici, a senior consultant for The Poirier Group and an integrated lean sigma lecturer at The Ohio State University, will be regional vice president of the Great Lakes region. And Thomas Sciotto, an industrial engineer at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Baltimore, will serve as regional vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region.

The new officers were elected by IISE professional members and will serve for three years. They will begin their terms April 1.


Celebrate member achievements.


Jonathan Bard, professor of operations research and industrial engineering at the University of Texas, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in December. He has been a visiting lecturer, and his research has led to the implementation of new planning and scheduling techniques at a number of teaching hospitals in Munich.


Eileen Van Aken has been named interim department head of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Van Aken, who is IISE's senior vice presidentinternational, was formerly associate head in the department.


IISE fellow Mark Daskin was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Daskin is the Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Let your peers know about hirings, promotions, awards, appointments and other notable accomplishments. Send Kudos items to Michael Hughes at

Selling your ergo program to executives

Keynoters at Applied Ergonomics Conference take initiatives beyond musculoskeletal disorders

Nancy Larson (left) and Ben Zavitz will keynote
this year’s Applied Ergonomics Conference. Nancy Larson (left) and Ben Zavitz will keynote
this year’s Applied Ergonomics Conference. Keynote speakers for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2017 plan to share corporate success stories that could give you tips on how to sell ergonomics to the executive suite.

Nancy Larson, principal of Nancy LJ Larson Consulting LLC, and Ben Zavitz, owner and principal consultant of ErgoHP, have decades of experience at the conference, which is scheduled this year from March 27-30 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Larson, a practicing ergonomist for more than 25 years, will speak at 9:45 a.m. March 28. Zavitz, a certified professional ergonomist who has more than 20 years of experience, will speak at 9:45 a.m. March 29.

In an interview with GOErgo, Larson said the biggest challenge for ergo programs is the misperception that it's only about managing health, specifically back pain and musculoskeletal disorders. But ergo isn't a business cost to be managed as much as a way to integrate the expertise necessary to achieve business operational excellence and foster employee well-being.

She plans to highlight two major projects she has experienced, one from American Express Financial Advisors and one from 3M's global program. She aims to show how focusing your program on the bigger picture of supporting business objectives, goals and financial targets will not only address musculoskeletal disorders but will contribute to the operational aspects of the business.

In an interview with GOErgo, Larson said the biggest challenge for ergo programs is the misperception that it's only about managing health, specifically back pain and musculoskeletal disorders. But ergo isn't a business cost to be managed as much as a way to integrate the expertise necessary to achieve business operational excellence and foster employee well-being.

"And then you really can have an impact on the company operations and employee well-being," she said.

Zavitz said today's business climate often forces ergo programs to skimp on resources, including people, budgets and time.

This creates a unique challenge because ergonomists want to be proactive but think they lack the resources.

His talk will tell the story of Bath Iron Works. That program went from being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to being an employee participatory risk-based program that has won three Ergo Cups, cut injury rates in half and saved millions of dollars in injury claims and labor.

"I plan to share eight key lessons learned from our journey and how attendees can learn from our successes and obstacles to improve their own programs," Zavitz said.

The 20th anniversary edition of the Applied Ergonomics Conference also offers numerous breakout sessions, the internationally recognized Ergo Cup competition, networking opportunities and pre-conference workshops. To register and for more details, visit www.


A partner for change

Mui has moved from manufacturing to the logistics of warehousing

Former Western Region Vice President Raymund Mui visits the Museum of Qin
Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an, China.From traditional time studies early in his manufacturing career to designing, starting, moving and closing warehouses, IISE has been there every step of Raymund Mui's career.

Mui, a project manager and logistics engineer for XPO Logistics, got involved with the Portland, Oregon, chapter in 1992.

"As I was officially headed down the IE career path, I needed to have a professional organization I should be affiliated with [that] I would have a community to network with and also have access to more information for personal and professional growth," he said.

From there, he participated in almost every chapter role, including newsletter editor, secretary, vice president and president. His career grew in tandem. And, like IISE, it changed.

"I started out with manufacturing going to product development, and as manufacturing started to go offshore I saw my job evolve into where I was more product related and then ultimately into supply chain and logistics, where I'm at today," he said.

He kept active in IISE, serving for three years as the Western Region vice president. Now, he's kind of a consultant for the local chapter in Portland, which had fallen dormant. The chapter restarted a few months ago, a project Mui had been working on with a local group for some time.

He counts that as a major accomplishment and thinks keeping ties with your professional organization is a plus.

"I think it's still a matter of personal and professional growth because when you get away from school there's continual innovation," Mui said.

"You can't continue to go off of what you learned because the whole environment continues to change as you're working."

For example, he thinks industrial and systems engineers should pay more attention to human psychology. ISEs in human factors understand how people respond to their environment, but they need to expand that consideration to how they present information.

The academic environment teaches engineers to defend with a lot of technical data. But in business, engineers need to present that information so that someone who doesn't have a lot of time to sift through the details can make solid decisions on competing plans.

"For some people, the light doesn't come on because we communicate in a way that doesn't resonate with people," Mui said.

CHAPTER CHECK-IN: Big gathering in Ohio

Almost 20 percent of IISE’s state membership attended the annual all-Ohio dinner meeting. IISE fellow David Poirier addressed the group.

Annual dinner draws almost one-fifth of state's membership

Almost 20 percent of the state's membership attended the annual all-Ohio IISE dinner meeting.

More than 100 people gathered Oct. 26 to hear David Poirier, CEO and president of the Poirier Group, discuss how ISEs contribute to transformations, how most organizations have huge potential for improvement and how to overcome those challenges. Each chapter – five student and two professional chapters – gave short overviews and introductions, and the event raffled off 30 business and professional books.

Thirty professional members came from four regions of the state: Columbus, Youngstown, Southeast Ohio and Dayton- Cincinnati, while 71 student chapter members came from Youngstown State, Ohio University, the University of Dayton, Wright State and the Ohio State University. Youngstown State won the participation and engagement prize for the event.

Organizers said it was the largest and most diverse group in the history of the annual event.

Pittsburgh loads up for Annual Conference

Affordable, walkable city offers great attractions, good food

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, the site of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2017, has a platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Pittsburgh has plenty of attractions to keep visitors in the city before or after the IISE Annual Conference & Exo 2017.

The conference, scheduled from May 20-23 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, will feature dozens of breakout sessions, networking opportunities, preconference workshops and keynote speakers Sev McMurtry, senior vice president of operations planning and engineering for FedEx Ground, and Francis J. Kramer, chairman of the board for II-VI Inc. (McMurtry and Kramer were featured on Page 61 of February's ISE magazine.)

PittsburghBut many conference-goers are tempted to add a few days at their destination for rest and relaxation. From the Andy Warhol Museum to the Carnegie Science Center (and the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History), visitors have a wealth of outstanding attractions, amenities and award-winning restaurants. Cable cars can take you up Mount Washington. See more than 500 birds at the National Aviary or take a riverboat tour. The downtown cultural district features 10 theaters nestled among eclectic art galleries, shops, dining and more.

In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine named the city one of the best places to travel. And Zagat rated it the nation's "No. 1 food city." TripAdvisor called the city one of the top destinations on the rise. In addition, according to the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city is walkable and affordable, particularly when compared to other tourism hot spots.

For more details on the city, take a look at To book a spot at the IISE Annual Conference, visit

ELSS 2017 abstract deadline nears

Embassy Suites OrlandoApril 1 is the deadline to submit an abstract to share your work at the 2017 Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference.

This year's conference is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South in Orlando, Florida. Two tracks are available:

  • Lean Six Sigma Applications and Training
  • Lean Six Sigma Research and Education

For more details or to submit an abstract and register for the conference, visit

Filling in the missing ranks

UPS funds IISE female and minority award, scholarship

Kelli Franklin-Joyner and UPS are doing their part to address the shortfall of industrial and systems engineers in the marketplace.

UPS’ Kelli Franklin-Joyner hands a $15,350 check to IISE CEO Don Greene. The money from the UPS Foundation funds female and minority awards and
scholarships from IISE.Franklin-Joyner, a region engineering manager in the corporate IE department for the logistics giant, visited IISE in January to deliver a $15,350 check to IISE CEO Don Greene. The money funds the UPS Excellence Award for Minority Advancement in Industrial Engineering and scholarships for female and minority industrial engineering students.

"Everyone should have an opportunity to get a great education, especially in the area of STEM," Franklin-Joyner told Greene. "We feel that in a lot of cases there are certain individuals who might get shut out because of the financial obstacles that might be presented in terms of obtaining an education. So we want to be able to support them in their efforts and their desires."

Greene said the scholarships are the largest IISE offers. In talking to the winners at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo, he has found that they make a real difference for the winning students.

"I've heard people say, 'Well I've read these articles. … I got my start because of this scholarship,' and now maybe 20 years later they're saying, 'I'm fortunate to be able to have a hand in helping other students.'" Greene said. "It really pays forward what IISE and UPS are able to do for this profession."

Scholarship winners will be announced at the IISE Annual Conference Honors and Awards Dinner, scheduled for May 22. The conference will be held May 20-23 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

For members only – virtual career fair

IISE Virtual Career FairIISE is bringing the world of online job recruiting to members via our first Virtual Career Fair on March 15.

Job seekers can log on from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time and browse open job opportunities, connect with recruiters and find their next career move. Whether you are at the genesis of your career or looking for a change midstream, IISE's Virtual Career Fair could transform your job search.

You will see employers that are looking to hire, the specific opportunities available and background information about each hiring organization. Choose which employers to interact with, share your personal background and work experience, and ask questions in a oneon- one setting. Following each interview, you can select additional employers to chat with.

Continue conversations following the Virtual Career Fair to maintain meaningful relationships and build a network in your field.

Job seekers can register beforehand to get a jump-start at

Hiring professionals can set up a fully customizable employer booth online, complete with your logo, images, open positions, videos and other information to make your organization stand out. Booths can have from two to five recruiter seats.

Employers can register at