U.S. North Central Region

If you are one of the more than 1,000 IISE members anywhere in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin, then you are in the right place. This page is provided to introduce you to the regional leadership team and share information about news and events happening in the region.

Regional Vice President – Charlene Yauch


Charlene A. Yauch, Ph.D., P.E., is associate director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing and a professor of practice in the Industrial & Systems Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has been an engineering educator for 19 years and was previously the IE Program Director at Milwaukee School of Engineering.  She has taught a wide variety of classes, including Contemporary Manufacturing Systems, Computer Numerical Control Machining, Automation, and Engineering Economy. Her professional interests are in the analysis, redesign, and implementation of manufacturing systems, with particular emphasis on the human, social, and organizational aspects. Charlene has a multi-disciplinary background with a B.S.-IE from Purdue University, and graduate degrees in sociology (M.S.), manufacturing systems engineering (M.S.), and industrial engineering (Ph.D.) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Charlene has been a member of IISE (IIE) since 1986 and has served the Institute in a variety of ways. She is a Past President of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems (SEMS) and been involved for many years with the IISE Milwaukee chapter leadership team. She has previously fulfilled the following roles: Board of Directors for SEMS (2005-07), Membership Services Coordinator for SEMS (2011-15), track chair for Engineering Education (2013 and 2014 annual conferences), track chair for Engineering Management (2006 annual conference), and co-leader/panelist for special sessions at four annual conferences. She has presented at the annual conference numerous times and written three columns for the SEMS Says section of Industrial Management.

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U.S. North Central Region

  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

This region includes four professional chapters:

  • Chicago (#25)
  • Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois (#202)
  • Milwaukee (#45)
  • Twin Cities (#38)

There are also over 250 at-large members in the region. If you are an at-large member and would prefer to be associated with one of the professional chapters, you may opt in to a chapter by emailing Pam Patterson.

There are IISE student chapters at 17 colleges and universities in the region:

  • Bradley University (#816)
  • Dunwoody College of Technology (#682)
  • Iowa State University (#823)
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (#925)
  • North Dakota State University (#852)
  • Northern Illinois University (#941)
  • Northwestern University (#819)
  • South Dakota School of Mines (#956)
  • Southern Illinois University (#637)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (#895)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (#820)
  • University of Iowa (#824)
  • University of Minnesota – Duluth (#944)
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (#834)
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison (#884)
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (#885)
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville (#913)