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

VOLUNTEER SNAPSHOT: Bringing out your best

Leadership opportunities have broadened Joe Wilck's experience and network
Joe Wilck maintains that volunteering can help IIE members grow personally as well as professionally.Joe Wilck said volunteering for IIE yields great professional and personal benefits – particularly for people who are a little bit shy. 

"I'm an introverted person," the industrial and systems engineering educator admitted. "I'm a little shy at first, but when I go to IIE conferences now, I feel like I'm going to homecoming or something. But I wasn't like that at first. It took a few years."

Since he first volunteered to review papers submitted to the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Wilck has been a faculty advisor, assistant vice president of student development for the mid-Atlantic region and vice president of student development for the board of trustees before serving a second stint as regional assistant vice president of student development.

This year he became communications director for the Engineering Economy Division, a post that comes with annual progression to program chair next year and division chair the year after.

"That was a conscious decision by me," Wilck said. "I've done a lot of student stuff ... and I kind of wanted to move more toward something that was more research."

Wilck sees the move as a chance to broaden his service, keep him on his toes and follow what he calls the shared governance model when it comes to IIE. Wilck said it's not a good idea to have one person repeat the same role too often. Leaders need to move on to develop in other arenas, while giving other people the chance to grow.

For example, he said, a young industrial engineer could start out with the Young Professionals group, then do activities with the regional vice presidency group, move on to the Industry Advisory Board and then another venue, such as research or IIE's journals. Such broad activity builds the volunteer's corporate knowledge of IIE, valuable information for those who go on to the board of trustees or become IIE president.

"I think that's what IIE wants to do," Wilck said. "They want to develop leaders. They don't want you to be president right off the bat. They want you to learn. And for some people it comes through chapters, whether professional or student, for others the research realm and journals. It's a good mix of diverse experience on the board, and that's what IIE is striving for."

Wilck said he's very thankful for the opportunities IIE offers members and volunteers, particularly after being on the board, visiting IIE headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, and seeing what the staff does "behind the curtain." Since joining in 2007, the leadership and educational opportunities have helped him build a large personal network.

His one regret is not getting involved sooner. He remembers being pulled in so many directions as an undergrad at Virginia Tech before focusing on IIE as a grad student at Penn State.

Now, he's happy to be part of IIE's success and is open to future opportunities.

"Now when I go to [the Annual Conference], I hit the ground running. And for me personally, that has been fun," he said. "It took a lot of time on my part, but I'm very comfortable now with who I know and introducing myself to other people."

Abundant awards available

Deadlines near to compete for Ergo Cup, creativity honors
Attendees have an unprecedented array of chances to come away with awards and honors from GOErgo's Applied Ergonomics Conference.

Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015 attendees examine the Norfolk Southern Ergo Cup booth earlier this year.The 19th annual conference, scheduled for March 21-24, 2016, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, will offer five Ergo Cup trophies, five Ergo Excellence awards and two Creativeness in Ergonomics awards. The deadline for Ergo Cup entries is Oct. 30. Ergo Cup finalists will be notified Dec. 4. The Ergo Excellence winners also come from the pool of Ergo Cup finalists. Dec. 4 also is the deadline to nominate someone for the Creativeness in Ergonomics awards. The Ergo Cup, which started with one prize back at the 1999 Applied Ergonomics Conference, has grown into an internationally recognized showcase of best ergonomics practices. Sponsored by the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina and Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, the general theme is innovation. Winners will need to show actual productivity and safety ROI results. The five categories are:

  • Team-driven workplace solutions: The winning solution in each category must be a new or significantly improved device or process. At least 75 percent of the problem-solving effort must come from in-house production and maintenance personnel, although some technical support from engineering/ergonomic staff and consultants is allowed.
  • Team-driven workplace solutions, internal competition: The same criteria from above apply, but this category involves applicants who won their organization's internal Ergo Cup competition.
  • Engineering/ergonomist-driven workplace solutions: At least 75 percent of the problem-solving effort must be conducted by in-house engineers and ergonomists.
  • Engineering/ergonomist-driven workplace solutions, internal competition: The same criteria from above apply, but this category involves applicants who won their organization's internal Ergo Cup competition.
  • Ergonomics program improvement initiatives: The winner will be a planned ergonomic program improvement initiative, process or management system that improves a location's overall ergonomics program.

Conference attendees will vote for the five Ergo Excellence awards. The categories are innovation, simplicity, cost savings, ergonomic risk and presentation quality. Three webinars are available to help potential 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. For more information on the Ergo Cup, along with links to enter the contest and access to the webinars, visit The webinars are at the bottom of the page.

GOErgo also presents a Creativeness in Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year and Creativeness in Ergonomics Student of the Year. Liberty Mutual Insurance sponsors the practitioner honor, which includes a $3,000 award. CNA Insurance Co. sponsors the student award, which includes a $4,000 prize.

For more details and to register for the conference, visit

The honors are all yours

Annual Conference offers many paths to recognition
Deadlines are approaching for students, researchers, practitioners and academics to compete for IIE honors, awards and scholarships.

The Annual Conference and Expo showcases the institute’s honors and awards at a gala dinner each year.The IIE/Arena Student Simulation competition is one of the institute's premier venues for students to showcase the skills they have learned to solve a real-world situational case study using Arena, Rockwell Automation's simulation package.

The deadline to enter the winter session, which runs from January 2016 to March 2016, is Jan. 8. Teams of up to three undergraduates then have until March 21 to submit their solution. The top three finalists will be announced in early April 2016.

Teams can win a first-place prize of $5,000, along with a $500 donation to the team's student chapter. Second place is $2,500 and $250 for the team's chapter, third place yields $1,500 for the team and $250 for the team's chapter. The three finalist teams will receive a $1,250 stipend for travel to the finals competition at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, which is scheduled for May 21-24, 2016, at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Finals contestants who aren't IIE members will receive a one-year membership courtesy of Rockwell Automation. For more details, visit and click on "Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition."

IIE scholarships can help deserving students pay for school, but entrants must ask department heads or faculty advisors for nominations. Nominations are due by Nov. 15, except for the Society for Health Systems Scholarship, which is due Dec. 1. Scholarships and fellowships are valued up to $4,000 and awarded to graduate and undergraduate student members.

To be eligible, students must be IIE members (except for the John L. Imhoff Scholarship) and must be enrolled in a full-time graduate or undergraduate industrial engineering program, have a GPA of 3.4 or greater and have a graduation date of May/June 2017 or later.

Nominees will be considered based on their scholastic ability, character, leadership and potential service to the profession. For more information, visit

IIE's honors and awards recognize achievement through leadership, teaching, research, service or academic pursuit, spotlighting the accomplishments of fellow IIE members.

Show your appreciation by nominating a colleague, peer or student member for an IIE award. Members may not self-nominate with the exception of the Innovations in Curriculum Award, but they can let colleagues and advisors know about their interest. The deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, visit

Save the date

Healthcare conference registration now open, poster abstract deadline nears
Registration is open for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2016 scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2016, at the Hilton-Americas in Houston.Poster sessions provide an ideal place for viewers and presenters to interact, ask questions of each other and learn. 

In addition, the conference's program committee is accepting abstracts for posters. Poster sessions offer plenty of opportunities for face-to-face conversations with onlookers that can lead to new insights. The poster abstract deadline is Nov. 13.

The conference is an ideal place for healthcare systems engineers and clinicians to learn ways to improve service delivery and patient-centered practices using tools such as lean, Six Sigma, benchmarking, simulation, project management and many others.

To register, submit a poster abstract and find out more about the conference, visit


Celebrating member achievements 

Janis P. Terpenny 

IIE fellow Janis P. Terpenny has been named the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State effective Sept. 7. She previously was the Joseph Walkup Professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University.

Chuck Belser 

Chuck Belser is now vice president of Transportation Facilities for STV Inc. The senior IIE member previously held the position of practice leader-maintenance facility design for AECOM Technology Corp.

Khanh Ngoc Thuy Do 

Khanh Ngoc Thuy Do of the University of Texas at Arlington has won a Stabile Scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

Molly R. Marohl 

Molly R. Marohl of the University of Miami has won a Stabile Scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

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