Keeping pace with IIE in the March 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer 

Flair in the air

Annual conference keynoters serve U.S. Air Force, airplane manufacturer
Keynote speakers for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 will bring a distinct aeronautical flair to Canada.

Mica R. Endsley, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has been a faculty member at Texas Tech and MIT. 
Kevin Bartelson, general manager of Boeing Canada Operations, began his career with the company in 1979. 

Mica R. Endsley is the chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, and Kevin Bartelson is general manager of Boeing Canada Operations. The conference is scheduled for May 31 - June 3 at the Palais de Congrés de Montréal in Montréal.

Endsley, who will speak on June 2, serves as the chief scientific adviser to the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force, assessing a wide range of scientific and technical issues that affect the Air Force mission. Previously, she was president and CEO of SA Technologies, a small business that specializes in situation awareness research, design and training for advanced systems in aviation, air traffic control, military command and control, cyber, power and healthcare.

Endsley also was a faculty member at Texas Tech University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California and is widely known for pioneering work on situation awareness in individuals and teams and integrating humans and automation across a variety of systems. She has edited or co-authored three books, including Designing for Situation Awareness.

Bartelson, who will speak on June 3, lead's Canada's largest aerospace composite manufacturer at the country's third largest aerospace facility. He previously served as director of manufacturing and quality for Boeing Canada. Before that, Bartelson was president and CEO of Aviation Fleet Solutions, an aerospace company that was responsible for developing and certifying performance modifications for MD-80 aircraft.

His career began with The Boeing Co. in the tool engineering department in 1979. Bartelson also worked on the B2 program, managed technology projects, led the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Lean Office, and ran various business units in Everett and Renton, Wash. Then he took on a leadership role at a Boeing joint venture known as Aviation Partners Boeing. This joint venture designs, certifies, builds and markets winglets for Boeing aircraft.

Bartelson earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. He also is a graduate of the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing program, receiving master's degrees in business and engineering science.

Early registration for the conference ends April 6. For more details and to register, visit

Return to mentor

New Faces honoree wants to revamp healthcare, encourage others
Tarun Mohan Lal explains a value stream map for one of his Mayo Clinic projects. 

Tarun Mohan Lal hopes his latest honor helps him reprise the role of mentor that has been so important in jump-starting his career.

IIE selected the senior health services analyst at the Mayo Clinic as one of the DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week Foundation) New Faces of Engineering. During DiscoverE's Engineers Week, Feb. 16-22, Lal and the other designated New Faces will be featured in an ad in USA Today and on DiscoverE's website. The program recognizes outstanding engineers age 30 or younger who have improved public welfare significantly. New Faces also serve as ambassadors for the engineering profession – something Lal plans to do for the rest of his career.

Lal, who has a resumé full of honors, called the award the best recognition he ever has earned. His family did not have a lot of engineers, so university and professional society contacts gave him invaluable mentorship, particularly with how the educational system is structured.

"You're supposed to make a decision of what you really want to be at a very early stage when you're pretty much unaware of how things work and what you really enjoy," he said.

Although he first wanted to be a doctor, his aptitude for math led him toward engineering. He enjoyed leading teams on a small scale, and it seemed like industrial engineering combined the ability to put pieces together, look at things from a holistic perspective and build on those management skills.

"I personally feel like industrial engineers make very good managers eventually," Lal said. "And it's because of their systems thinking approach and that holistic approach that they get through their education and training."

Winding up in healthcare was a coincidence. When earning his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at Maripal University and master's degree at Texas Tech, Lal didn't think industrial engineering applied widely in the medical field. But during the first year of pursuing his Ph.D., which he is scheduled to earn next year from State University of New York, Binghamton, he took a class on healthcare engineering. Then he got an internship at the Mayo Clinic.

"It was really giving me the opportunity to work with people," Lal remembered. "And early on I worked on some projects where I could actually see how it made a difference to patients and how it really improved access to the clinic."

This is Lal's second job with the Mayo Clinic. He began by developing processes that improved operations. With his move to the clinic's Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, the focus has turned to re-engineering healthcare and finding optimum pathways to deliver care.

The center aims to look "five steps ahead" and solve healthcare's major problems, including cost.

"The mission of this department is really to fix the healthcare system, if you can call it that," he said. "Healthcare is at a place where we really need some of those advanced analytics to really build and develop models of care that can save the future."

Beyond inspiring younger people, Lal wants to stay in healthcare and eventually take roles where instead of doing the work, he educates healthcare employees to champion continuous improvement projects. Revolutionizing the system can't be done by one person or a group of individuals, he said. Instead, it takes everybody having enough knowledge to accept, adapt and lead such projects.

Lal also wants to emphasize that IEs need to share their work, disseminating it at conferences and professional society meetings or in publications. After all, it's a Google world now, and information dissemination keeps people from investing a lot of time and effort on things that already have been created, he said.

"We could really use that and adapt to a place where we can discover and find new ways of doing things."

Knowledge in abstract form

Three IIE conferences seeking abstract or paper submissions
Abstract and paper submission deadlines are imminent for two of IIE's international events and its annual Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference.

IIE Asian Conference (Submission deadline: March 20)

Engineering and management go together well, so it's only appropriate that the IIE Asian Conference and the International Asia Conference on Industrial Engineering and Management Innovation are joining forces July 21-22 in Xi'an, China.

The conference venue is at Xi'an Jiaotong University Nanyang Hotel. It is supported by IIE, the Asian Network for Industrial Engineers (ANIE), the Chinese Industrial Engineering Institution and the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES).

Keynote speakers include IIE Senior Vice President-International Bopaya Bidanda, along with Gregory H. Watson, former IIE SVP-international, Jeff Wu, the Coca-Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics at Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Yingluo Wang of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The deadline for abstract or paper submissions is March 20. Full papers must be submitted electronically to Authors who wish to talk without a full paper may submit an abstract.

For more information about the conference, visit, where a paper submission abstract is also available.

International IIE Conference (Submission deadline: March 20)

March 20 is the deadline to submit abstracts for the International IIE Conference, which is being held in collaboration with the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management and the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management July 23-25 in Malaga, Spain.

This joint meeting, which will be held at the University of Malaga School of Engineering, is designed to provide a forum for scientists and professionals to present their current research in the field of industrial engineering. Full papers are encouraged, but extended abstracts of up to one page also may be submitted. All full paper submissions will be double blind and peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to the conference, contributions and readability.

Selected full papers presented at the conference will be published in six journals and periodical book series, based on topical match, including the International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics and the International Journal of Production Management and Engineering.

Submission instructions are available at For conference details, go to Email inquiries to event co-chairs Janet M. Twomey at or Jayant Rajgopal at

Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference (Submission deadline: April 14)

Abstracts are being accepted for the IIE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2014, which for the first time this year joins forces with the Lean Educator Conference.

Tracks will be based on industry practices, current academic initiatives, case studies, the future of lean and Six Sigma, how to sustain lean transformation, how best to teach employees and more.

The conference is scheduled for Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at the Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South in Orlando, Fla.

The abstract submission deadline is April 14; go to for instructions. For registration and conference details, visit

Ergo conference drawing near

Time is running short to register online for GOErgo's Applied Ergonomics Conference 2014, scheduled for March 24-27 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

Online registration, which is $380 less than on-site registration, ends March 16.

The 17th annual conference includes IIE's popular Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement course, six pre-conference workshops, 16 poster sessions, 80 concurrent educational sessions, networking opportunities and the Ergo Cup competition.

To register, visit

Veterans and newcomers

Mix of candidates win terms on board of trustees
Two former members are rejoining the board of trustees, one of them as IIE's new president-elect.

Members selected James E. Moore II, vice dean for academic programs at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, as president-elect. Over the next three years, Moore will transition from president-elect to president to immediate past president.

Alice Smith will be the new senior vice president for publications. She is the W. Allen and Martha Reed Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University. And Toni L. Doolen, dean of the University Honors College and professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering at Oregon State University, will take over as IIE's senior vice president of technical operations.

Moore and Smith have served on the board previously. Doolen is a new BOT member, although she has served on IIE's Society for Engineering and Management Systems board.

All BOT terms are three years.

Members also selected Michael Testani as vice president of technical operations. In other non-BOT elections, three regions will have new region vice presidents: Saeed Zolfaghari for Canada, Bob Smyth for the Great Lakes region, and Kevin Taaffe for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Winners take office in April. Look for an interview with President-elect Moore and other election news in the April issue of Industrial Engineer.

Joining the digital game

Process Industries Division creates its first virtual conference
The Process Industries Division's first virtual conference on April 30 is a flexible opportunity for members interested in that sector to share ideas and learn new methods without leaving their armchairs.

The one-day event will feature speakers from companies such as Corning and Ultramax. Sessions will examine how the C-suite views lean, driving operational effectiveness, protecting intellectual assets in process industries and maximizing production with current assets.

For more information and to register, visit


Celebrating member achievements 

Kamran Abedini 

Kamran Abedini, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, was selected as the only engineering professor to demonstrate the application of innovative teaching using his "Puzzles Principles Approach" to provosts and university presidents at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Academic Affairs Conference in February. 

Young-Jun Son 

Young-Jun Son has been appointed head of the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. Son has been with the department since 2000 and also serves as the director of the university's Advanced Integration of Manufacturing Systems and Technologies program. His research interests include simulation and decision models for design and control in large-scale systems.

Robert J. Graves 

Robert J. Graves, the John H. Krehbiel Sr. Professor for Emerging Technologies at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, will receive the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education "for creating an integrated program in engineering innovation from undergraduate through doctorate to prepare students for engineering leadership" from the National Academy of Engineering.

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