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Keeping pace with IIE in the July 2015 issue of Industrial Engineer

Top dogs in Nashville

Music City welcomes winners of scholarships, fellowships, other awards
The chance to earn scholarships and fellowships can drive academics, researchers and practitioners to new heights.

Such was the case at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015 held in Nashville, Tennessee, where the institute recognized a year's worth of achievements. The winners, along with honors for various papers, teaching and counseling, are listed below. Other honors and awards were published in the June issue of Industrial Engineer.

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Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award
James A. Tompkins, Tompkins International

Captains of Industry
Lyndon Taylor, Devon Energy
Richard Webb, Walmart Inc.

Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award
Rajan Batta, University at Buffalo, SUNY

David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award
Subhash Sarin, Virginia Tech


  • Thomas Boucher, Rutgers University
  • John Corliss, Peer Consultants
  • Yu Ding, Texas A&M University
  • Lincoln Forbes, Harding Associates Inc.
  • Tycho Fredericks, Western Michigan University
  • Joseph Geunes, University of Florida
  • Jionghua (Judy) Jin, University of Michigan
  • Victoria Jordan, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • David Kaber, North Carolina State University
  • Mark Lawley, Texas A&M University
  • Scott Mason, Clemson University
  • Anita Ranhotra, Hallmark Cards Inc.

Award for Technical Innovation
J. Cecil, Oklahoma State University

Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award
Hans Demmel, Raytheon Corp.

Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia
Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, University of Iowa

Outstanding Early Career IE in Business/Industry
Carl Kirpes, GENESYS Systems Integrator

Outstanding Achievement in Management
Donald Humphreys, Exxon Mobile Corp. (retired)/Rosneft Oil Co.

UPS Minority Advancement
Salil Desai, North Carolina A&T State University

Honorary Member
Didier Rabino, Health East

James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence
First place: Catherine McEathron, University of Illinois-Urbana

Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award
First place: Rowan Wang, Singapore Management University

Innovations in Curriculum Competition
Tapas Das, University of South Florida

IIE/Rockwell Automation Student Simulation Competition
First place: "ETS," École de Technologie Superieure; Steeven Valois, Simon Lessard and Leonie Quinn

IIE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition (Sponsored by John Deere)
First place: "Identification and Allocation of Increased-risk Encephalitis Organs," Nishi Anand, Georgia Tech

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards
Global level honoree: Kerri Beiswenger (Northeast Region), Northeastern University

Other regional level honorees
Mexican Region: Juan J. Rojas, Universidad de las Americas

North Central Region: Dean Jensen, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Hardrock

Southeast Region: Chen Zhou, Georgia Tech


A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship
Robin Hall, Texas A&M University

C.B. Gambrell Undergraduate Scholarship
Andrew Ewing, Kansas State

CISE Scholarship
Ashleigh Hegwood, University of Arkansas

Dwight D. Gardner Scholarships 

  • Nicole Antonio, University of Oklahoma
  • Karina Hutula, Clemson University
  • Connor Mojo, Oklahoma State University
  • Patsy Cordova Rodriguez, Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero
  • Garrett White, University of Pittsburgh

E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship
Seyed Hossein, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Gilbreth Memorial Fellowships 

  • Nicholas Ballester, Wright State University
  • Nathaniel Bastian, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kunlei Lian, University of Arkansas
  • Saeed Piri, Oklahoma State University
  • Mackenzie Whitman, University of Oklahoma

Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarships 

  • Lacy Greening, Oklahoma State University
  • Justin Traino, University of Pittsburgh
  • Henry and Elisabeth Kroeze Scholarship
  • Benjamin Acker, University of Oklahoma

IIE Council of Fellows
Elizabeth Ettleson, University of Michigan
Abigail Smith, Virginia Tech

John F. Fargher Scholarship
Nazanin Zinouri, Clemson University

John L. Imhoff Scholarship
Maria Rodriguez, University of Texas at El Paso

Lisa Zaken Award for Excellence 

  • Andrew Anderson, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarship
  • Kristen Miranda, University of Tennessee

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

Society for Health Systems Scholarship
Mary Hobbs, Clemson University

UPS Scholarship for Female Students
Camille Jones, Ohio University

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students
Paola Gutierrez, Texas A&M University


CIS Division Best Paper Competition
Mehrad Bastani, Aristotelis Thanos and Gregory Collins, University of Miami, "A Voronoi-based Genetic Algorithm for Waste Collection Vehicle Routing Problem"

CIS Division Mobile App Competition
Preethi Srinivas, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Construction Division Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by MACVAL Associates LLC)
Amir Mansouri, University of Southern California, "Experimental and Numerical Analyses of Structures Fabricated by Contour Crafting"

Engineering Economy Division Teaching Award
Karen Bursic, University of Pittsburgh

Lean Division Best Practice Competition
Lynne Smith, Lauren Hudspeth and Jessica Hoffman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Lean Division Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by J T. and the late Carol Black)
Maria-Eugenia Rendon, Universidad de Monterrey, "Increasing Customer Service Level through a Simulation-Based Lean Transportation Scheme"

Lean Division Teaching Award (Sponsored by Lean Enterprise Value Foundation)
F. Frank Chen, University of Texas at San Antonio

Logistics and Supply Chain Division Teaching Award
Sila Cetinkaya, Southern Methodist University

Manufacturing and Design Division Outstanding Service Award
Iris Rivero, Iowa State University

Manufacturing and Design Division Young Investigator Award
Rohan Shirwaiker, North Carolina State University

Operational Research Division Teaching Award
Baski Balasundaram, Oklahoma State University

QCRE Student Paper Competition
Hao Yan, Georgia Tech, "Monitoring and Diagnostics of Streaming Videos via Smooth-sparse Decomposition"

Society for Engineering and Management Systems Student Paper Competition
Sarah Asio, Texas Tech University, "Social Media: A Platform for Innovation"

Society for Health Systems Graduate Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by Ohio University)
Iakovos Toumazis, University at Buffalo, SUNY, "Scheduling Palliative Chemotherapy Treatments for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients"

Sustainable Development Division Best Student Paper Competition (Sponsored by APL Logistics)
Deepak Agrawal and Cheng-Bang Chen, The Pennsylvania State University, "Improving Food Access using Agent-based Simulation"

Sustainable Development Division Teaching Award (Sponsored by APL Logistics)
Brian Thorn, Rochester Institute of Technology

ISERC Best Track Papers Awards
Computer and Information Systems: "Sparse Particle Filtering for Modeling Space-time Dynamics in Stochastic Sensor Network," Yun Chen and Hui Yang

Engineering Management: "Additive Manufacturing of Complex Products by DSM-Based Analysis of Architectures," Mark Avnet and Alaa Elwany

Facility Logistics: "A Conventional Warehouse Design with Multiple Docks," John White and Mahmut Tutam

Healthcare Modeling: "Information Dissemination and Human Behaviors in Epidemics," Songnian Zhao, Chih-Hang Wu, Yan Kuang and David Ben-Arieh

Homeland Security: "Optimal U.S. Coast Guard Boat Allocations with Sharing," Brian Nakamura, Endre Boros, Paul Kantor, Curtis McGinity, Christie Nelson, Brian Ricks, Fred Roberts, Patrick Ball, Chad Conrad, Thomas Rader and Kevin Hanson

IE in the Military: "The Military Theater Distribution Network Design Problem," Robert Craig, Brian Lunday, Raymond Hill and Peter Nesbitt

Lean Systems: "Collective System Design of St. Francis Hospital ER," David Cochran and Joe Swartz

Manufacturing and Design: "Impact of Visual Models on Risk Attitude and Decision Trade-offs," Deborah Thurston, James Schreiner and Aaron Joseph

Modeling and Simulation: "Optimization-based Data Mining Approach for Forecasting Energy Demand," OluFemi Omitaomu, Xueping Li and Shengchao Zhou

Operations Research: "Comparative Study of Lung Cancer Screening Policies and Cost Impacts," Ashley Anhalt and Jeffrey Kharoufeh

Process Industries Best Student Paper Competition: "A Random Effect Autologistic Regression Model with Application of Characterizing Variation of Multiple Microstructure Samples," Nailong Zhang, Wayne State University

Quality Control and Reliability Engineering: "Real-time Condition-monitoring: The Impact of Bayesian Update on Failure-time Distribution," Hongtan Sun and Jennifer K. Ryan

Social, Environmental and Sustainability: "Improving Food Access: An Agent-based Simulation," Deepak Agrawal, Cheng-Bang Chen and Soundar Kumara

Supply Chain and Logistics: "Condition-based Inventory Management with Planned and Unplanned Maintenance," Michelle Park and Jennifer K. Ryan

Systems Engineering: "Challenges for Developing Complex System Governance," Charles Keating, Polinpapilinho Katina and Joseph Bradley


Alex Bohn finds getting involved translates directly into his life as a Young Professional 
For Alex Bohn, volunteering for IIE really works for his job as a transformation engineer with Care Logistics.Alex Bohn shows off his enthusiasm – and his Young Professionals pin – at the 2014 IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Montréal. 

Even at the most engaging job, occasionally you get stuck in a rut or come across a project that you're not super enthused about, he said. That's when Bohn peps himself up with a call to others to discuss the problem at hand and get an infusion of new ideas.

"I've reached out to other volunteers that I know and gotten expertise that has definitely applied to my job," the past president of IIE's Young Professionals group said. "That has helped me develop programs that really improved some of the projects that I've worked on in my job based on the expertise of people that I've been connected with through IIE."

Bohn was working for a hospital system in Michigan when he was introduced to IIE's Detroit chapter by Gary Altman.

"[Altman] just told me I was coming to a meeting and that was that," Bohn remembered with a laugh. "He said you seem like a good volunteer."

After meeting Vanda Ametlli and a few other volunteers, he kept "getting deeper and deeper into this rabbit hole," becoming the communications chair for the Greater Detroit Chapter. Ametlli connected him with Patrick Foxworthy, another former president of the YPs. Bohn served as president of the group for the 2013 to 2014 term.

Bohn recently worked with Foxworthy and others on an affiliate model, a project to examine what the value proposition is for other organizations to be affiliated with IIE.

"It's sort of looking at all the spokes that kind of emanate from the hub of core IIE and figuring out what the value proposition is for each of those," he said.

Through volunteering and working as an IE in the medical field for most of his professional career, he has come to realize how inextricably linked government is to the equation of healthcare in any developed nation. He said the government has a number of reasons to promote an efficient healthcare model that can be measured and acted upon.

"I firmly believe that industrial engineering is the key to achieving both high quality clinical outcomes and efficient financial practices that can revolutionize healthcare," Bohn said.

He plans to preach that message by continuing to volunteer, staying connected with the YPs, and perhaps vying for a position higher up on the leadership chain or getting more involved in the local Chicago chapter.

He also does his own version of outreach using his well-read copies of Industrial Engineer magazine.

"I travel a lot for work, so on the plane I try to leave it in the little pocket in front of my seat so the next person might pick it up and gain something from it," he said. "We rarely get the gold medals or the exposure that mechanical or biomedical engineers get, but we're in the background making all those disciplines work together."

New talent infusion

Societies and divisions select leaders for the coming year 
A number of IIE's societies and divisions have elected or appointed officers for 2014-2015. 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.

David PorterComputer and Information Systems Division
CIS Division members picked David Porter, an associate professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, as their president-elect.

New board members are Dahai Xing, Sang Won Yoon and Andrew Junfang Yu. All terms started on June 1.

Construction DivisionGeorge P. Gardner
George Gardner is the new president-elect for the Construction Division. He is a state risk management and partnering coordinator with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The division has five new board members: Lincoln Forbes, Ashish Nimbarte, Paul Ray, Laura Ikuma and Behrokh Khoshnevis. All began their terms June 1.

Engineering Economy Division
Joe Wilck is the new communications director for the Engineering Economy Division. Ted Eschenbach is now a member of the Wellington Award Committee.

In addition, John Usher has been named a member of the board and Karen M. Bursic is an editorial board member for The Engineering Economist journal. All terms began June 1.

Laurence ClementsLean Division
The Lean Division voted Laurence Clements, managing partner with Convergent Results, LLC, as its new president-elect.

The division has four new members on its board of directors: Tom Shambeau, Aaron Yanuzo, Brian J. Galli and Sampson Gholston. All terms began April 1.

Logistics and Supply Chain DivisionMingzhou Jin
Mingzhou Jin is the new president-elect of the Logistics and Supply Chain Division. Jin is associate professor and associate department head of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The division has four new board members: Krystel Castillo, Erdem Eskigun, Mike Ogle and Aman Sapra. All terms began April 1.

Rohan A ShirwaikerManufacturing and Design Division
Rohan A. Shirwaiker, an assistant professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, is the new president-elect of the Manufacturing and Design Division.

Other appointments include Lourdes A. Medina Aviles as secretary, Dusan Sormaz as media director and Guha Manogharan as external relations. Terms began June 1.

Operations Research DivisionSandra D. Eksioglu
Sandra D. Eksioglu is the new president-elect of the OR Division. She is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University.

The division has two new board members: Ruben A. Proaño and Chase Rainwater started their terms June 1.

Charlene A. YauchSociety for Engineering and Management Systems
Charlene A. Yauch, a professor and industrial engineering program director at Milwaukee School of Engineering, is the new president-elect for SEMS.

The society has two new board members: Natalie Scala and Daren Maynard. All terms started June 1.

Society for Health SystemsJoyce Siegele

SHS voters picked Joyce Siegele, director of productivity management at Northside Hospital, as the society's new president-elect.

SHS has two new board members: Karl Kraebber and Isaac Mitchell. The new terms for all leaders began in February at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.

Curtis BushSustainable Development Division
Curtis Bush was selected as president-elect of the Sustainable Development Division. Bush is director of supply chain for Mercy Ships.

Hulya Julie Yazici is a new board member, and Delaney Sexton became part of the student board. All three began their terms June 1.

Quality Control and Reliability Engineering DivisionJian Liu
Jian Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona, is now president-elect for the QCRE Division.

New board members are Alaa Elwany and Shuai Huang. All their terms started June 1.

Richard D. ElliottWork Systems Division
Richard D. Elliott, a senior industrial engineer with Boeing Defense, Space and Security, is now president-elect of the Work Systems Division.

The division has two new board members – Michael Hair and Thomas B. Pinson. All three began their terms April 1.

Real-life applications

ELSS Conference offers case studies in numerous sectors
Between 55 and 60 sessions will offer attendees at September's Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference the latest innovations, techniques, research and best practices to improve quality and efficiency.

Tracks at the conference, scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Atlanta, include sessions on lean Six Sigma applications, lean Six Sigma research and lean Six Sigma education – appropriate, since the conference is being held in collaboration with the Lean Educator Conference.

For example, Helmet Welke of Welke International will tackle logistics in "Support Business Momentum by Increasing Velocity and Reducing Mass." Lean requires reducing inbound inventory, which means material flow must increase. This session will teach the value of small lot deliveries and how to offset the cost of more frequent deliveries, smart kitting and techniques to help change the current culture.

On the education front, Col. Howard D. McInvale and Brandon Walker of the U.S. Army offer "Utilizing Student Research as a Vehicle for Leading Lean Education." The pair uses a project involving Kenya's Water Resources Management Authority to discuss how bringing lean and Six Sigma into the classroom offers educators ways to teach the application of lean concepts and the underlying mathematics, along with offering students unique research opportunities.

The drive to improve efficiency in healthcare has led to a number of innovations. Paul Barkley of Navicent Health will present one in "Navicent Health Emergency Center Blood Culture Contamination Rate Reduction." The Six Sigma DMAIC process brought the benefits of product and process standardization to specimen collection. Over a period of 12 months, the project reduced contamination by 2.7 percent for an average of 30 fewer contaminants per month.

Registering by Aug. 17 can save attendees up to $200. To register and find out more about the full program, visit