U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region

IISE's U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region (District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) has more than 1,200 active IISE members in the 6 professional chapters and ten university chapters. The mission of this regional website is to provide value to our members by offering a connection point that represents the needs, concerns and support efforts of IISE members in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Dr. Mingzhou Jin

Regional Vice President - Mingzhou Jin

Dr. Mingzhou Jin is the Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the director of the Institute of a Secured and Sustainable Environment at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). He is also directing the Logistics, Transportation, and Supply Chain Engineering (LTS) lab, the Business and Engineering for Additive Manufacturing (BEAM) Center, and the Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME) program for the Tickle College of Engineering. He has done funded projects in the areas of optimization, logistics and supply chain management, transportation, economic and life-cycle analysis, climate change, sustainability, data analytics and advanced manufacturing with the total funding for more than $6 million from federal and state agencies and industry. As an affiliated researcher, he has been working closely with various research groups at the Oak Ridge National lab, such as manufacturing, energy efficiency, transportation analysis and climate change groups. He has been actively involved in IISE, being the president of the Logistics and Supply Chain division of in 2016 and the president of the Engineering Economy division in 2015. He is serving as the associate editor of Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing for the Journal of Cleaner Production and serving in the editorial boards of the Engineering Economists and the International Journal of Production Economics. Dr. Jin was selected to be an IISE fellow in 2018 and won the 2018 College of Engineering Outstanding Service Award, the 2017 Dr. Kenneth E. Kirby Endowed Faculty Award, the 2016 IISE Outstanding Regional Faculty Advisor Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region, the 2016 ISERC Conference's Best Paper Award for the Engineering Economic Analysis Track, the 2016 College of Engineering Outstanding Advisor Award, the 2015 College of Engineering Teaching Fellow Award and the 2014 Annual IIE Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Logistics and Supply Chain.

Dr. Abdullah Al Khaled

Assistant Regional Vice President

Dr. Abdullah Al Khaled is a senior data scientist at Asurion in Nashville, Tennessee. In his role at Asurion, Abdullah focuson applying big data analytics, machine leering & deep learning techniques to solve different business problems related to mobility insurance, and applies supply chain optimization techniques for its claim recovery and remanufacturing processes. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2013. He earned both M.S. and B.S. in industrial and production engineering from BUET, and graduate certificate in supply chain management from Penn State. Prior to joining Asurion, Dr. Khaled served as senior data scientist in a healthcare IT company named Influence Health in Birmingham, Alabama. During his time at Mississippi State, Abdullah was involved with the student chapters of IISE and INFORMS at MSU; including serving as treasurer for the later. He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). As the assistant vice president for IISE Mid-Atlantic, Abdullah hopes to become more active to elaborate communication between student and professional chapters within the region.

Laurie Moravec

Assistant Vice President of Student Development

Laurie Moravec is an industrial engineer at Michelin in Greenville, South Carolina. Laurie graduated from Clemson University in 2015 and has been an active IISE member since 2012. During her time at Clemson, Laurie dedicated her time to the industrial engineering department at Clemson and IISE through leadership roles and attending five IISE university conferences. She started her leadership roles within IISE as social chair and then became president for two years as well as a regional conference co-chair. As the assistant vice president of student development, Laurie hopes to help chapters find ways to become more active within their universities, create university chapter best practices for the region, and help the university chapters who are hosting the regional conference.

Dr. Nelson A. Granda

Young Professional Chair

Dr. Nelson A. Granda is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where he teaches industrial engineering courses to engineering technology students. Before becoming a professor, Nelson worked for several years in the eolic and aerospace industry. During his tenure on the industry Nelson worked in numerous projects related to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and PW F-135. Nelson has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, a master's degree in manufacturing engineering from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Nelson has been actively involved with IISE since 2013, when he was elected student board member of the Sustainable Development Division. From 2014 to 2017, he was co-chair of the ISERC track of the SDD and help in the organization of the volunteer activity for the Annual Conference. Nelson currently serves as president-elect of the SDD.

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This region includes 6 professional chapters:

  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • National Capital, Washington, D.C. 
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Upstate South Carolina

 There are IISE student chapters at ten colleges and universities in the region:

  • Clemson University 
  • East Carolina University
  • Morgan State University 
  • North Carolina A & T State University 
  • North Carolina State University 
  • South Carolina State University
  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga 
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville 
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University