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Role call

Societies and divisions select new officers and board members
IISE’s societies and divisions have elected or appointed officers and board members for the upcoming year. Each group’s president-elect goes through a three-year cycle: President-elect the first year, president the second year and past president the third year.

Applied Ergonomics Society

IISE kicked off its newest society, the Applied Ergonomics Society, at the 2018 Applied Ergonomics Conference in Atlanta.

The new society’s president is Teresa Bellingar, CPE, a senior corporate ergonomist at Haworth Inc. The president-elect is Ben Zavitz, president and chief ergonomist at Ergo Human Performance LLC.

The society’s board of directors consists of the following: Gary Allread, Jose Banaag, Wayne Maynard, Brian Roberts, Sandra Sellers and Amanda Kauder-Gill. Allread is program director for SRI-Ergonomics at Ohio State University. Banaag is the ergonomics staff engineer for Honda America Manufacturing Inc., where he leads the ergonomic program for Honda’s manufacturing operations in North America. Maynard, an employee of Liberty Mutual, works in workers compensation, ergonomics, tribology and risk control technical services. Roberts is a risk control director for CNA Insurance. Sellers is a principal safety professional for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Kauder-Gill is an industrial engineer for Kysor Warren.

Data Analytics and Information Systems Division

Andrew Yu is the new president-elect of the renamed Data Analytics and Information Systems Division, formerly the Computer and Information Systems Division. He is an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Tennessee.

New board members for 2018-2021 include Chen Kan, Ying Lin, Sinan Onal and Na Zou. All assistant professors, Kan is at the University of Texas at Arlington, Lin is at the University of Houston, Onal is with Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and Zou is at Texas A&M University.

Energy Systems Division

Lihui Bai transitioned from board member to the new president of the Energy Systems Division. Andrew Kusiak, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Iowa, is the new president-elect of the Energy Systems Division.

Engineering Economy Division

The latest program chair for the Engineering Economy Division is Mehmet Bayram Yildirim, professor in the Department of Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University. Yildirim served as the communications director last year. The program chair is a one-year term and Yildirim will be president in 2019-2020.

Unlike most societies and divisions, where the president serves a three-year term rolling from president-elect to president to immediate past president, Engineering Economy has a four-year cycle: Communications director to program chair to president to immediate past president. The new communications director is Cameron MacKenzie, an assistant professor in industrial and manufacturing engineering at Iowa State University.

Lean Division

Hung-da Wan is now president-elect of the Lean Division. He is an associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

New board members for 2018-2021 feature Johanna Ficatier, David Harry, Farnaz Ghazi Nezami and Sushil Kumar Shetty. Ficatier is a senior health systems engineer for Mayo Clinic Rochester. Harry is the CEO and president of Process Whisperer Consultants LLC. Nezami is an assistant professor for the industrial and manufacturing engineering department at Kettering University. Shetty is the global continuous improvement manager at Entegris.

Logistics and Supply Chain Division

Pratik J. Parikh is the president-elect of the Logistics and Supply Chain Division. He is a professor of biomedical, industrial and human factors engineering at Wright State University.

New board members elected for 2018- 2021 are Constantine Koursaris, Murat Erkoc, Nazrul Shaikh and Muhammad Noor-E-Alam. Koursaris is an assistant professor for the Department of Decision Sciences at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University. Erkoc is an associate professor for the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami, while Shaikh is an assistant professor at the University of Miami. Noor-E-Alam is an assistant professor for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University.

Manufacturing and Design Division

Lourdes Medina is the new president-elect of the Manufacturing and Design Division.

She is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Pedro Huebner, the new media director for the division, is an assistant professor for the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Jack Feng, advisory board member, is Commercial Vehicle Group’s vice president.

Modeling and Simulation Division

Xueping Li is now president-elect of the Modeling and Simulation Division. He is director of iLab (The Ideation Laboratory), co-director of HITS (Health Innovation Technology & Simulation) Lab and associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Tennessee.

New members of the board of directors presented for the 2018-2021 term are Michael Kuhl, Raed Jaradat and Dongping Du. Kuhl is a professor for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jaradat is an assistant professor for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Mississippi State University, while Du is an assistant professor of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering at Texas Tech University.

Operations Research Division

Katie McConky is now president-elect of the Operations Research Division. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The division chose two new board members for 2018-2021: Ambarish Acharya, project manager for operations research at E.&J. Gallo Winery, and Guiping Hu, an associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State.

Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division

Trevor Craney is the current president-elect of the QCRE Division. He is an associate director of statistics at United Technologies Aerospace Systems.

The new board members for 2018-2021 are Linkan Bian and Chitta Ranjan. Bian has recently been promoted to associate professor at Mississippi State University, and Ranjan is director of science at Process- Miner Inc.

Society for Engineering and Management Systems

Chinweike Eseonu is now president-elect of the Society for Engineering and Management Systems. He is an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Oregon State University.

New members of the board of directors for 2018-2021 are Niranjan S. Kulkarni, director of operations improvement for CRB, and Fernando Aleu Gonzalez, associate professor at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico.

Society for Health Systems

Isaac B. Mitchell is the recently chosen president-elect of the Society for Health Systems. Mitchell is director of operations for DeRoyal.

Newly selected 2018-2021 board members are Lauren Cooper, Jordan Peck, Jarvis Gray, Mary Ellen Skeens and Elizabeth Gentry. Cooper is a process optimization specialist at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Peck is the senior director of the Center for Performance Improvement at Maine Health. Treasurer Gray works for Kaiser Permanente as program director of high-reliability organizational model. Secretary Skeens is director of solution design and delivery at Philips Healthcare. Assistant to the presidents Gentry is an assistant professor as well as director for the online masters in engineering management for the Department of Engineering for the University of Louisville.

Sustainable Development Division

Joel Brock, a senior manager at West Monroe Partners, is the new president-elect of the Sustainable Development Division.

Brion Hurley is a new member of the board for 2018-2021. He is a lean Six Sigma master black belt at Business Performance Improvement. The new student board member is Abhishek Narayanan, who is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.

Work Systems Division

Michael Hair is the president-elect of the Work Systems Division. He is a senior engineer at Zymergen.

Two new board members promoted for the 2018-2021 cycle are Ed Pound, chief operations officer for Factory Physics Inc., and Mayra Mendez-Pinero, a teaching assistant for the industrial and systems engineering department at Texas A&M University.

The Engineering Economist is developing a special issue

Journal issues call for papers that examine the future of engineering economics education
The Engineering Economist has announced a call for papers for a special issue on “engineering economics education.”

Engineering economics education has always played an important role for the journal, which has included numerous articles, book reviews, notes and commentary that encourage improved learning of applicable topics. Sharing this knowledge has advanced engineering economics education and played a major role in engineering curricula throughout the world.

This special issue will document current advances that have led to improved student learning. Topics may include but are not limited to innovations in course and curriculum design, inventive teaching methods, assessment within and outside of the classroom, integrating engineering economy research into the classroom, teaching engineering economy to diverse populations of students, and international aspects of engineering economy education.

Only full papers will be considered for publication. Address any questions about the scope of the special issue to guest editor Joseph Wilck of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary at joe.wilck@mason.wm.edu.

The Engineering Economist receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/utee. Indicate in your cover letter whether your submission is for this special issue. Further author instructions and a submission link are located at the journal site https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/utee20/current. Keep in mind that Taylor & Francis facilitates online supplements in a variety of formats, which could include spreadsheets, software and/or multimedia.

Note the following dates for the special issue:

  • March 31: Manuscripts due
  • July: First reviews returned
  • September: Revisions submitted
  • March 2020: Accepted papers sent to publisher
  • April 2020: Accepted papers published online
  • Fall 2020: Special issue published

Ergo Cup – the crème de la crème

Talent abounds at next year’s Applied Ergonomics Conference
Don’t miss the Oct. 26 deadline to apply for the 2019 Applied Ergonomics Conference’s illustrious Ergo Cup competition. Join the elite group of entrants displaying their skills in ergonomic innovation and education. This event is presented by IISE and sponsored by the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina and the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Since the competition’s inception, the number of categories has evolved from one to five:

  • Team-driven workplace solutions: There are several components to the proper composition of your project. One is that the solution is created or significantly improved through study and experimentation. It also should provide an attractive return on investment as well as explain its financial success.
  • Team-driven workplace solutions, internal competition: The same criteria from above applies here, but this category involves entrants who won their organization’s internal Ergo Cup competition.
  • Engineering/ergonomist-driven workplace solutions: At least 75 percent of the problem-solving work must be performed by in-house engineers and ergonomists. Also, only company representatives are allowed on the presentation.
  • Engineering/ergonomist-driven workplace solutions, internal competition: The same rules as above apply, but this category involves applicants who won their organization’s Ergo Cup competition.
  • Ergonomics program improvement initiatives: The program improvement initiative must be innovative, simple, straightforward and sustainable, among other rules and requirements.

Finalists will be announced Dec. 5.

In addition, the Ergo Excellence Awards, voted for by conference attendees, includes these five categories: Presentation quality, ergonomic risk, cost savings, innovation and simplicity. Three webinars are available to assist contestants: “How to Submit a Winning Ergo Cup Entry,” “Conducting an Internal Company Ergo Cup Competition” and “How to Create a Winning Ergo Cup Booth.” Visit www.iise.org/AEC/ErgoCup for contest entry links and webinar access. Liberty Mutual Insurance sponsors two additional awards. The Creativeness in Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year, which commends professional career accomplishments in the creative application of ergonomics principles, and the Tom Waters award, which is bestowed on the individual with the best manual handling presentation at the Applied Ergonomics Conference.

Finally, the conference offers the Creativeness in Ergonomics Student of the Year Award, sponsored by CNA Insurance. This honor recognizes achievements in ergonomics or research and may be submitted in a poster or oral presentation at the Applied Ergonomics Conference.

The 2019 award winners will be announced at the awards luncheon March 28. The conference is scheduled for March 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. For more details and to register for the conference, visit www.iise.org/AEC.

Bucks for brains

Deadline is Nov. 15 to apply for IISE scholarships and fellowships
Cold hard cash. That’s what we’re offering for the 2019-2020 academic year IISE scholarships and fellowships.

OK, it actually comes in check form, but you get the gist. Don’t miss out on the Nov. 15 deadline for graduate and undergraduate student members. These scholarships and fellowships are valued up to $4,000. The Vinod and Gail Sahney Scholarship is the exception, with a later deadline of Dec. 31.

Students must be nominated by a faculty advisor or department head and will be weighed based on their leadership, character, scholastic ability and potential service to the profession. Eligibility requires students to have an active IISE membership on or before Sept. 30, be enrolled in a full-time graduate or undergraduate industrial engineering program, have a graduation date of May/June 2020 or later and carry a 3.4 or greater GPA (on a four-point scale).

For more information, visit www.iise.org/scholarship. Direct any questions to Bonnie Cameron at bcameron@iise.org or (770)449-0461, ext. 105.

Annual Conference competition dangles $5,000 carrot

Students simulate a ‘real-world’ solution with Rockwell’s Arena software
It’s off to the races for students who want to enter the Rockwell Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition.Annual Conference competition dangles $5,000 carrot

In approximately an eight-week span, you and your team can use Rockwell’s Arena simulation software to solve a real, situational case study. Start applying on Nov. 2 and beat the deadline of Jan. 4 for this unique and stimulating experience.

Three finalist teams will win $1,250 each for travel to the finals at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, being held May 18-21 in Orlando. As a perk, finalist teams also get complimentary conference registration and certificates.

The finalists will reveal their analyses at the conference, and first-place teams will earn $5,000, plus $500 to the team’s IISE chapter. Second place receives $2,500 with $250 going to their chapter, while third place wraps it up with winnings of $1,500 and $250 donated to their chapter.

Visit www.iise.org/ArenaCompetition for more information and to enter. Direct all questions to Bonnie Cameron at bcameron@iise.org or (770)449-0461, ext. 105.

Furthering our tradition

IISE honors and awards deadline is Dec. 1
The list of IISE’s industrial and systems engineering award recipients is long and distinguished.

Exercise your right to choose who makes that list by nominating peers, colleagues or students who you feel are the most deserving. There are several awards to select from before the Dec. 1 deadline.

The honors categories include research, educators, leadership, service to the profession and specialty awards. One item to note is that self-nomination is only allowed for the Innovations in Education Award.

Visit www.iise.org/honors for more detail on processes and requirements. Any questions should be directed to Bonnie Cameron at bcameron@iise.org or (770) 449-0461, ext. 105.

IM helps bosses, workers handle bad news

ISE's sister magazine offers a plethora of management tips and tricks
One of the worst parts of management – or of being employed, for that matter – is breaking bad news. But people in business want and need to know the bad stuff.

After all, as management guru Dan Carrison writes in the September-October issue of Industrial Management, blissful ignorance is no way to run an enterprise. So our 21st Century Management columnist offers tips to help you navigate this perilous business activity.

ISE’s sister magazine, available to members of IISE’s Society for Engineering and Management Systems, also has Chris Porter detailing ways to use A3s to develop a continuous improvement culture.

Patrick Davidson emphasizes that you can’t choose between leadership or management, but you need to know when you’re doing one and when you need to do the other.

Brad Wolff will help your hiring process identify your next corporate superstars, while Mark Ferlatte and Nic Wissman examine how automation can boost your software development processes.

And finally, Rick Lepsinger examines how to build cross-functional teams in today’s global economy.

For details, visit the magazine at https://link.iise.org/IndustrialManagement.

Kudos

Celebrate member achievements

Iris Rivero

Iris Rivero has been named department head of Rochester Institute of Technology’s industrial and systems engineering program. Rivero had been an associate professor in Iowa State’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, where some of her work included developing new metal alloys for 3-D printing.

Joseph Geunes

Joseph Geunes is now professor and associate head for external education programs in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. He previously was professor and the John and Mary Lib White Systems Integration Chair in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

Amira Hijazi

Amira Hijazi is now a research assistant under the supervision of Osman Ozaltin in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. She is exploring emerging research problems in bioinformatics. Previously, Hijazi was a teaching assistant at the Islamic University of Gaza.

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

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