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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Resources keep Hong Kong’s president involved

From job interviews to information about sectors and regions, Harry Li finds IISE invaluable
Help with job interviews led Harry Li to first seek out membership in IISE. The resources and information the institute provides about industry and the region have kept him involved and volunteering.

Harry Li
Harry Li credits his membership and volunteering at IISE for keeping him knowledgeable about industry developments worldwide.

Li, currently president of the Hong Kong Limited professional chapter, has been a member of IISE since 1988. One of his professors introduced him to the organization, and Li joined in his final year at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Beyond the advanced knowledge that helped him with his job interviews after graduation, Li said that he learned skills and acquired tools along the way that apply to a large variety of career options in various industries.

“I find that being a member of IISE is invaluable for my career because the resources (e.g., magazine, webinar, training class) provided in various channels provide updated information and knowledge on how different ISE problem-solving skills can be applied in different industries,” said Li, an ISE senior consultant at Solutions Research Centre. “This information greatly helps me, especially as a consultant and an international member, as I need to serve a large variety of industries in a region that the profession is not as advanced as the other regions of the world.”

Li returned to Hong Kong after graduation and immediately participated in the activities and events organized by the Hong Kong chapter. His increasing interest led him to start his volunteer work in 2002 after he was introduced to some committee members. He helped organize events and activities such as seminars, site visits and membership drives. After several years of learning from past presidents and colleagues, Li gradually gained the experience, skills and exposure he felt he needed to manage a chapter. He was elected to the presidency in 2013 and has continued to serve a major role in the chapter ever since.

Li expects to continue to serve with IISE in the future, but perhaps in different aspects.

“Rather than management of a local chapter, I will contribute more in providing and organizing consulting and training services to promote the ISE profession,” he said. “I will also start doing research on some advanced topics, such as circular economy, which emphasizes on the design of business models that can generate more revenues and jobs by optimizing the use of resources and waste.”

IISE’s global reach

IISE chartered six new international university chapters in 2018, evidence of the institute’s growing global reach.

IISE’s global reach

Leading the way is Peru’s Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego on Jan. 19. Next was Universidad ECCI, located in Bogotá, Colombia, on Feb. 15. Following a week later was Instituto Tecnológico de Zacatepec on Feb. 22 in Mexico. Jumping ahead a few months to May 9, IISE PUCP of San Miguel, Peru, joined. On July 12, Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico de Pachuca got started, and Universidad Privada del Norte, S.A.C. from Trujillo, Peru, chartered with IISE on Aug. 10.

The institute’s growing list of international chapters includes gold, silver and bronze award winners. Chapters receive these awards based on programs, communication, activities and other criteria.

Region 13: Mexico

University chapters

  • Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (gold)
  • Capítulo Estudiantil Bonaterra
  • Capítulo Estudiantil del Instituto Tecnológico de Reynosa (gold)
  • Instituto Politécnico Nacional - UPIICSA
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Cerro Azul
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Madero (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de la Laguna (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Pachuca
  • Instituto Tecnológico de San Luis Potosí (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Toluca (silver)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Veracruz (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Zacatepec
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Atlixco
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de El Mante
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Huetamo
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Poza Rica (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de San Luis Potosi
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Uruapan
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Xalapa (gold)
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior P’urhépecha (ITSP)
  • IPN-UPIIG (silver)
  • ITESM Campus Guadalajara
  • ITESM – Monterrey (gold)
  • ITESM – Querétaro
  • ITESM – San Luis Potosi (silver)
  • ITESM – Toluca
  • ITESO – Departamento Procesos Tecnológicos e Industriales
  • Leans Guranís Chapter (Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Ciudad Hidalgo)
  • Tecnológico de Puebla
  • U.A.T. – UAMRA - Reynosa Aztlán (silver)
  • Universidad Anáhuac Mayab
  • Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon (gold)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (gold)
  • Universidad de las Americas Puebla (gold)
  • Universidad Panamericana – Guadalajara (gold)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Aguascalientes (gold)
  • Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí (gold)
  • Universidad Politécnica del Valle de México (gold)
  • Universidad Veracruzana – Poza Rica (gold)
  • Universidad Veracruzana – Xalapa

Region 14: Canada

Professional chapter

University chapters

  • Concordia University
  • Dalhousie University (gold)
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor

Region 16: Central and South America

Professional chapter
IISE – Costa Rica

University chapters

  • Alpha Chapter – Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica sede San Carlos, San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • Capítulo Estudiantil IISE - UMB, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Capítulo Estudiantil IISE – UCSM, Arequipa, Peru
  • Caribbean Chapter – Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Chapter Cartago – Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Chapter Liberty – Universidad Libre, Bogotá, Colombia (gold)
  • Continental University Chapter, Huancayo, Peru
  • Escuela Colombiana de Ingenería, Bogotá, Colombia (gold)
  • ESPOL (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral), Guayaquil, Ecuador (gold)
  • IISE Javeriana Cali, Cali, Colombia
  • IISE PUCP, Lima, Peru
  • IISE Sergio Arboleda University, Bogotá, Colombia
  • IISE Uninorte Chapter, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Konrad Lorenz IISE Chapter, Bogotá, Colombia
  • La Salle University, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Militar Nueva Granada University, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia (gold)
  • UNITEC – Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (gold)
  • UNITEC – SPS, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (gold)
  • Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Universidad Central, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (gold)
  • Universidad ECCI, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Universidad Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia (silver)
  • Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego, Trujillo, Peru
  • Universidad Privada del Norte, S.A.C., Trujillo, Peru
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador (gold)
  • Universidad Santiago de Cali, Cali, Colombia
  • UPTC Sogamoso, Sogamoso, Colombia (gold)

Region 18: Central Asia

University chapters

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India (gold)
  • IISE-VIT – VIT University, Vellore, India

Region 19: East Asia

Professional Chapter
IISE Hong Kong Limited

Region 20: Southeast Asia

University Chapters

  • IISE Binus University Chapter, Jakarta, Indonesia (gold)
  • Universidad Indonesia Chapter

Region 21: Middle East

University Chapters

  • An-Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank (gold)
  • ASU – Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan
  • Hashemite University IISE Chapter, Zarqa, Jordan
  • IISE-GJU, German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan
  • Industrial Engineering Society, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Islamic University, Gaza Strip
  • Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  • Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon
  • University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (gold)
  • Yarmouk University Chapter, Irbid, Jordan

Region 22: Arabian Peninsula

University chapters

  • American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (gold)
  • AURAK Industrial Engineering Chapter, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
  • Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (silver)

Region 22: Africa

University chapters
AASTMT – Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt

CHAPTER CHECK-IN: Educational explorations lead to gold

Student chapters seek adventure and find it

CHAPTER CHECK-IN: Educational explorations lead to gold
Unitec Honduras Chapter members pose for a photo during their tour of the Paraiso Cigar factory.

Every year, professional and university chapters document their activities in a bid to earn coveted gold, silver or bronze status.

Educational activities and facility tours can go a long way toward showcasing your chapter’s accomplishments, as the UPTC – Sogamoso and Unitec Honduras chapters showed.

UPTC – Sogamoso chapter members in Colombia went trekking in an ecological pathway known as “La Zarza.” The chapter members met in Duitama City for the 14 kilometer walk. This pathway has a height from 8,694 to 11,646 feet above sea level and a temperature that can range from 35 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

CHAPTER CHECK-IN: Educational explorations lead to gold
Unitec Honduras Chapter members viewed workers at the cigar factory during production.

According to the chapter’s activity report, La Zarza is divided into three stages: The control point, the principal bridge and the sector of the trees. In the first stage, the group received pointers from the forest ranger. Later, group members started their trek. In the midst of the beauty, members observed the water resource, the indigenous horseshoe road and the native flora and fauna.

The objective of the event was to make a hiking activity through areas of outstanding scenery and to integrate members with a group activity by highlighting the importance of sport and the environment, according to the chapter’s report.

Meanwhile, Unitec Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Chapter 977 members enjoyed a more traditional ISE activity: A guided tour inside the Paraiso Cigar production plant.

Students observed the elaborate process where many renowned and exported cigar brands are made from scratch. According to the chapter’s faculty advisor, Anael Espinal Varela, the students were exposed to such processes as quality control, logistics and production planning and control. From prepping and drying leaves to tasting by Don Utilio (the only certified tobacco-leaf taster in the factory), to rolling, pressing and binding, members said they learned a great deal from their visit.

“Starting from the logistics and purchase aspects of the company, which are essential for the acquisition and movement of raw material (tobacco leaves), industrial and systems engineering is involved every step of the way, from the moment raw materials are imported from several places around the world to the appropriate storage of materials,” Varela said. “There are several quality control points in the production process. Two of these points involve the personal criteria of several cigar tasters. This ensures that the consumer will have the experience the company desires, including taste, burning and other qualities that make the Paraiso Cigar unique.”

The Unitec Honduras chapter students look forward to more industrial visits. In fact, they have planned a tour to San Pedro Sula, Cortes, in November to visit their country’s most important seaport as well as three other manufacturing plants.

IISE expands international training

Partnership with Leoron opens opportunities in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, among other nations
IISE has started partnering with the Leoron Professional Development Institute to expand our international classes.

The first offering was Oct. 21-23 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The lean practitioner course, equivalent to a lean green belt, also will be offered Nov. 11-13 at the Ocean View Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. All participants will receive a one-year digital membership in IISE. Digital members have access to all IISE content, including ISE magazine, in digital form.

Live instructor-led IISE training programs will be available in the following countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Ghana, Mozambique, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Kenya and Angola.

Other courses that will be offered include:

  • Designing successful experiments
  • Facilities and workplace design
  • Fundamental industrial engineering skills
  • Project management
  • Simulation
  • Statistics
  • Work measurement
  • Financial management for engineers
  • From engineer to leader
  • Introduction to industrial engineering in healthcare
  • Healthcare labor management concepts
  • Lean Six Sigma healthcare green belt
  • Lean Six Sigma healthcare black belt
  • Patient access and flow
  • Six Sigma green belt
  • Six Sigma black belt

Leoron’s mission is to help its worldwide clients boost their competitiveness by improving the competency levels of their employees through top quality training and development solutions delivered by unrivaled global experts and facilitated by the best training managers in the industry.

For registration and more information, email, or visit

Double the distinction

Presenting a pair of new accolades
IISE and some of its partners have collaborated to create two new awards: Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award and Outstanding ISE Capstone Senior Design Project.

The Pennsylvania State University’s and IISE’s Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award includes two categories: Academia and industry. This is an opportunity for people to apply their classroom knowledge to real service-related problems that need workable solutions in the service industry. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Winners must display an inventive and compelling application of industrial and systems engineering principles in their work. The Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award will be presented to winners at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference and Expo at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The conference is scheduled for May 18-21.

Each of the six finalists will receive a complimentary Honors & Awards Banquet ticket (worth $99), complimentary conference registration (worth $829) and up to a $500 travel stipend. For more details, visit

Second, the Council on Industrial and Systems Engineering (CISE), along with Virginia Tech’s Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Ohio State University’s Department of Integrated Systems Engineering (Scott and Beatrice Sink Giving Accounts) have teamed up to sponsor the Outstanding ISE Capstone Senior Design Project. The deadline is April 12, 2019.

The initiative fueling this award is to spur undergraduate students to be ISEs for life as well as transform them from student members to professional members of IISE.

This project must exhibit the successful use of ISE tools, principles and methods to solve a problem, establish a new process, seize an opportunity or improve on something. The winners will be recognized at the IISE Honors and Awards Banquet on May 20 in Orlando, part of the IISE Annual Conference and Expo.

Up to 30 of the students participating from the top-ranked projects will receive complimentary first year IISE memberships. In addition, first place takes home $1,000, second place $500 and third place $300. Up to three people from the top three projects will receive complimentary tickets to the IISE Honors and Awards Banquet.

For more details on how to register for the award, visit

YouTube your way to $1,000

Video contest promotes profession to savvy students
Be this year’s winner of the $1,000 prize for the most inspiring Industry Advisory Board (IAB) YouTube video that will encourage high school students to seek industrial and systems engineering as their profession.

Sponsored by Tompkins International, all entries are required to comply with guidelines for the fair use of copyrighted materials, and the deadline for your submission is Feb. 15. The award will be given at the student mixer at the IISE Annual Conference, which is scheduled for May 18-21 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

All entries are judged by an IISE-IAB Committee, and winners will be notified by April 26. All rights for the winning entry will be owned by IISE. Only one entry per university campus is allowed, but if the university has campuses in various cities/towns, each campus may submit one entry.

Send the URL address to your “YouTube” video and a link for the AVI/MP4 file download or two DVD copies in AVI or MP3/4 format to IISE Headquarters. Entries must be postmarked by the Feb. 15 deadline. The address is IISE, ATTN: Donna Calvert, COO, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. The email address is


Celebrate member achievements

Rudy Santacroce

Rudy Santacroce has been named senior vice president, advisory services for Cannon Design, where he will plan and lead integrated projects informed by clinical, operational, strategic and design perspectives. He formerly was vice president, operation excellence for CallisonRTKL’s Health+Science Practice Group.

Amanda Mewborn

Amanda Mewborn, executive director of project management at Piedmont Healthcare, was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Forty Under 40,” which honors metro Atlanta’s rising “movers and shakers.” Mewborn is also IISE’s senior vice president of technical operations.

Alice Smith

Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, has been appointed to a three-year term as editor-in-chief of the INFORMS Journal on Computing. Smith is an IISE fellow and a former board member.

Laura Silvoy

Laura Silvoy has been promoted from healthcare systems engineer to director of continuous improvement for Array Architects. She will help clients understand potential solutions using predictive analytics and systems thinking, manage and facilitate improvement events and apply data analytics techniques.


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