Member Spotlight

November 2017 

Fernando Gonzalez Aleu

Fernando González Aleu 

Fernando is the winner of the SEMS Best Paper Competition in the Engineering Management track at the IISE 2017 Annual Conference & Expo. Fernando González Aleu won the prestigious award. He works an Associate Professor at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) (University of Monterrey). His winning paper,  'Determinants of Goal Achievement for Continuous Improvement Projects in Hospitals' was influenced by his last manuscript in his PhD dissertation. The topics area was inspired by the problems that hospitals were having with patient safety. He proposed that patient safety could be improved using continuous improvement activities, such as Kaizen event, Lean Six Sigma, or quality improvement projects. 

Fernando first got introduced to Industrial Engineering when he studied Mechanical and Management Engineering at Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico for his Bachelor's degree about 24 years ago. Six years later, he completed a Master's degree specialising in manufacturing systems at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). About two years ago, he completed another Master's degree in Engineering Management at Virginia Tech University (VT) in the United States; followed by a PhD in 2016 from the same university. He was pursuing his Master's and PhD degree while working as an Associate Professor in the Industrial Engineering department at UDEM. He has focused on researching on continuous improvement projects in health care environments like hospitals; as well as, focusing on research on operations excellence models such as the Malcolm Bridge National Quality Award and Shingo Model. This interest was sparked by a desire to improve processes using statistical tools. 

The writing process was an exercise in international collaboration and virtual communications. Using Webex, he met with his dissertation committee to discuss his research. At the last meeting, the committee asked him to include a last manuscript (the winning paper). His advisor, Dr Eileen Van Aken (Virginia Tech), and the two members of his dissertation committee (Dr. Jennifer Cross -Texas Tech University and Dr. Wiljeana Glover - Babson College), thought that it would be a good idea. They were right!   Learn more about Fernando

September 2017 

Mateus Lima2

Mateus Lima 

Mateus was the winner of the SEMS Student Paper Competition sponsored by Missouri Science & Technology University from the 2017 IISE Annual Conference & Expo.  Mateus Jose do Rêgo Ferreira Lima, a Brazilian postgraduate student, won the prize.  His paper entitled "A Methodological Approach for Kaizen Events in Assembly Cells," was influenced by his summer internship for a US manufacturer (Phoenix Products), where he was responsible for improving the efficiency of an assembly line. He applied Lean Manufacturing methodology in a Kaizen event. His paper explored how he adapted the methodological approaches for the performances of the Kaizen events in the assembly lines.

In Brazil, Mateus studied Industrial Engineering at the State University of Maranhão; however, he completed his senior year at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). While enrolled in his UG degree, he became a research assistant where he worked on a project investigating the use of discarded tires in his home city of São Luís. At present, he is a Master's student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He is working on his dissertation with the aim to complete in the next six months. He has focused on innovation, information & communications technologies, collaborative product development and lean manufacturing
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May 2017 

  Mohammad Dehghani

Mohammad Dehghani 

We spoke to one of our winners from the 2016 ISERC - Engineering Management Best Paper Award competition, recently. Mohammad Dehghani's winning article was written based on his Ph.D. dissertation, which was conducted at Western New England University. During his Ph.D. research, he developed a new Iterative Optimization-based simulation method. In this research, an optimizer is embedded into a simulation software package to perform optimization whenever needed.

Mohammad recently earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Western New England University (Massachusetts, USA) in May 2016. In Feb 2011, he earned a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Tarbiat Modares University (Tehran, Iran). Three years earlier, he graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Yazd University (Yazd, Iran). Currently, Mohammad is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at the Northeastern University (Massachusetts, USA). He has been employed in the role for a year now since completing his Ph.D. His research practices are in the fields of Simulation, Optimization, Decision Making, and Machine Learning. Since his Ph.D. research areas involved the development of a new simulation-optimization framework, he found easy to move into those fields. He has been an active member of IISE for the past 3 years.

January 2017

Kira E. Hansen - Young Professionals Highlight  

"Millennials" is a term society often uses to describe the current generation of young people, particularly those in their 20s and 30s. This term sometimes has a negative connotation that suggests people in this age group are lazy, self-absorbed and entitled. The Young Professionals (YP) organization of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) is anything but. Our group embodies characteristics of being open-minded, optimistic, collaborative and eager to advance within our career and in the field of industrial and systems engineering. We constantly seek ways to challenge convention and aim to shape the future of the industrial and systems engineering profession. Young Professionals envisions being "the premier organization that unites and accelerates the progress of young professionals globally as a catalyst to promote the industrial and systems engineering profession for the future." Click  here to read more.

Kira E. Hansen  TEP (Technical Excellence Program) Engineer II at Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the SEMS consultant for IISE's Young Professionals Board of Directors.

November 2016

 Haether Keathley

Heather Keathley 

The sixth annual SEMS Student Paper Competition recognized highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the IISE with diverse academic experiences. This year's second place winners was a paper written by Heather Keathley, Fernando Gonzalez , Aleu, Kyra Vila, Kai Ye,  Andrew Bean, and Tianxiang Chen from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). You can read their winning paper  here

In this member spotlight, we speak to Heather Keathley when member spotlight (DM) spoke with her (HK), we had a few questions for her about her experience. Read her answers here.

September 2016

Shuchisnigdha Deb              Sushil Poudel

Shuchisnigdha Deb  and  Sushil Poudel         

The sixth annual SEMS Student Paper Competition recognized highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the IISE with diverse academic experiences. This year's first place winner was a paper written by Shuchisnigdha Deb, Brandon Warner, Sushil Poudel and Suyogya Bhandari from Mississippi State University. In this member spotlight, we speak to Shuchi and Sushi. You can read their winning paper here .

For the author, the paper was something they had not expected while doing research. They found it as an interesting work where they all were involved. With their analysis of the survey results, they knew that a publishable paper They were excited about it, and very happy the quality of their work was worthy of this recognition i.e wining the first place price in the student paper competition. When Member Spotlight (DM) spoke with Shuchi (SD) and Sushil (SP), we had a few questions for the pair. Their answers  .