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McGlothlin's meme is membership

New IISE president-elect praises leadership process in return to board of trustees 

New President-elect Tim McGlothlin said IISE must become a bigger player in the international arena of industrial and systems engineering types.Tim McGlothlin said he is honored and humbled that members chose him as president-elect of IISE.

The executive director of The Ergonomics Center at North Carolina State University, who has years of experience helping build the Applied Ergonomics Conference from its inception in 1998 to the institute's second largest gathering, process for managing continuous leadership change. After one year as president-elect, he will serve as president for a year and spend the final 12 months as immediate past president.

That gives the new presidentelect time to learn the ropes before diving in, although McGlothlin already started tackling IISE's primary initiatives at a March meeting that included the old and new board of trustees members. Befitting the organization's name, the IISE board of trustees' strategic planning process has undergone continuous improvement.

"First, the three-year term grants the new president-elect time to learn the ropes and become strongly engaged by the second year," McGlothlin said. "The alternation of presidential candidates between academia and industry guarantees uniform representation from our two major membership bases. Finally, the BOT adopted the philosophy of developing and implementing important strategic initiatives over a multiple year horizon versus having each new president developing an individual agenda."

McGlothlin's role in pushing that agenda forward includes keeping an open line of communication with all constituents, examining ways to influence membership and looking globally at the way the profession is growing. The top three targets in the strategic document remain the same from a few years ago when McGlothlin served on the board for two terms as senior vice president of technical operations: membership retention/growth, greater international presence and transition of students to professionals.

"And those last two are really subsets of that membership initiative," McGlothlin said. "So it kind of comes back to how do we become a better player in this international marketplace, which is rich with industrial and systems engineering types. How do we have a value proposition so that people say I need to be a member of this organization – they have services, they have products, they have networking opportunities, and this is a no-brainer. I need to be part of that."

"And then certainly how do students see the value proposition to maintain their membership. … It's an increase in cost, and we have to make sure they see the value in that."

Personally, McGlothlin emphasizes IISE's ability to help with networking and building relationships. Its importance became evident years ago when he was part of a massive layoff at Eastman Chemical Co. His IISE network helped him get interviews, provided references and eventually led him to his post at N.C. State.

"When you need that support, when you need that network, it's too late to build it," he said. "You have to be doing that through your years."


Celebrate member achievements.

Ashlea Bennett Milburn

Assistant professor Ashlea Bennett Milburn has been named the 2017-2018 recipient of the John L. Imhoff Chair in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Milburn, who joined the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering in 2010, also recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

G. Don Taylor

Former IISE President G. Don Taylor, Charles O. Gordon Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and interim dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, will become the university's first vice provost for learning systems innovation and effectiveness upon the completion of his role as interim dean July 31.

Rohan A. Shirwaiker

Rohan Shirwaiker, an assistant professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, received a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to pursue research and contribute to educational advancements in the field of 3D-bioprinting.

Let your peers know about hirings, promotions, awards, appointments and other notable accomplishments. Send Kudos items to Michael Hughes at

Big dreams bring a winner from the ruins

National Capital chapter picks Wisconsin team for Future City IISE award

A team of three Forest Park Middle School seventh-graders won IISE’s Excellence in Systems Integration award at the 2017 Future City competition. From left: IISE’s Sara Ghaffari, mentor Mike Harrington, student Shriya Punati, student Pranav Lyer, student Pallavi Kandipati, teacher Mary Fasbender and IISE’s Charles Hochstein.Forest Park Middle School came prepared for IISE's Excellence in Systems Integration award, Sara Ghaffari said.

Ghaffari was one of three IISE judges at the 2017 Future City National Finals in Washington, D.C. Future City is a national competition where sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders use SimCity to imagine, design and build model cities of the future. The 2017 theme was the power of public space.

Ghaffari said the three Forest Park middle-schoolers from Franklin, Wisconsin, seemed to have specifically designed their presentation for judges who were industrial and systems engineers.

"For instance, they had the systems integration chart, and they explained about communications and materials flow, which was very interesting," Ghaffari said. "And also they kind of explained and demonstrated how they applied these charts and concepts to their model. And… they thought more differently in a genuine way, I should say."

Ghaffari, William Liu and Joseph Scheibeler, from IISE's National Capital chapter, picked the team of Shriya Punati, Pranav Lyer and Pallavi Kandipati out of 43 teams from four countries. The seventh-graders designed Jivana on the ruins of Mumbai, a major city on India's west coast that was destroyed by flood. Founded in 2109, the city is powered by tidal energy, futuristic artificial nano photosynthesis (which converts carbon dioxide into oxygen while giving off a byproduct of hydrogen), solar windows and solar paint. Public transit comes from magnetic pods that hang below a metal track and go up to 150 mph.

Rain and solar catchers help with power, water supply and flood control – despite heavy rains and regular floods, old Mumbai used to suffer from water shortages. Public spaces abound, starting with a large one in the city center that branches out like a snowflake into numerous parks, worship places, cricket grounds, markets, water plazas and other gathering areas. The new systems helped Jivana once again become India's capital for business and entertainment.

Ghaffari, a native of Iran who is studying systems engineering at the University of Maryland, said she volunteered to judge the competition to get involved with community events and learn more about the United States. She said it was interesting how the students thought to look ahead to imagine what systems like agricultural and transportation infrastructures would look like in the future. She was impressed by their enthusiasm and examples of energy, infrastructure and how so many systems were multifunctional.

"I believe in big dreams," she said. Future City is part of DiscoverE's suite of engineering outreach programs that includes National Engineers Week, DiscoverE

Guide IISE to new ports

May 8 is deadline to nominate for BOT, other leadership positions

Guide IISE to new ports

On Sept. 17, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction," the soon-to-be-president of the United States said. "For, as Socrates told us, ‘If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.'"

Each spring, the IISE board of trustees looks for effort and courage to help set the institute's future purpose and direction. Members can nominate candidates to guide the organization to its future ports. This year, IISE has four slots open on the board of trustees, two open regional vice presidencies and two open vice president of technical operations positions.

Board of trustees members serve for three years and must attend three face-to-face meetings per year: one in the spring, one at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo and one in the fall. The spring and fall meetings are at IISE headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, which is in metro Atlanta. The BOT also has conference calls every month.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, email a brief biography or resumé and contact information to, or mail the information to Donna Calvert, IISE, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. IISE must receive nominations by May 8.

Address any inquires to Donna Calvert, IISE's chief operating officer, at (770) 349-1108. The election is scheduled for December. Winners take office in April 2018. The following positions will be open this year:

Board of trustees positions for 2017

The president-elect transitions from president-elect to president to past president during his or her three-year term. The president-elect is responsible for long-range organizational planning for IISE, sponsorship activities, financial affairs and acting as IISE's chief financial officer. The winner assists the president as required, serves in the absence of the president, and ultimately assumes the duties of the president during the second year.

The senior vice president-at-large, academics is responsible for focusing on strengthening relationships with the academic community, acting as a liaison between the board of trustees and the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH), managing alliance activity and professional activities such as ABET and professional registration. The election winner will serve as the co-chair of the Professional Support Council of IISE. The SVP academics helps the president in the overall administration of IISE and acts for the president in all relations with institute officers, directors and others reporting to them.

The senior vice president, continuing education helps in the overall administration of IISE with a focus on continued professional development, which includes all IISE conferences. The SVP continuing education works with other professionals and professional organizations to ensure that IISE offers relevant, comprehensive and up-to-date training, skill/careerenhancing experiences and certifications. This post also helps the president in the overall administration of IISE and acts for the president in all relations with institute officers, directors and others reporting to them.

The senior vice president, regional operations is responsible primarily for initiating, strengthening and expanding IISE's region and chapter communities and managing their interface with the institute's societies and divisions. This person also helps the president in the overall administration of IISE and acts for the president in all relations with institute officers, directors and others reporting to them.

Other leadership positions

The vice president, technical operations is part of the technical operations board, which reports through the senior vice president, technical operations. During the three-year term, the vice president, technical operations is responsible for representing a subset of societies and divisions, providing support for their leaders and working closely with them to foster strong relationships between the societies, divisions, members and IISE as a whole.

Region vice presidents are part of the regional operations board or International Council. RVPs serve three-year terms and represent the needs of the members in their region by supporting chapters and regional communities. They are responsible for providing support for chapter and region leaders and working closely with them to foster strong relationships between the chapters, regions, members and IISE as a whole. Region vice presidents report directly to the senior vice president of regional operations.

IISE will be electing two region vice presidents this year:

  • The region vice president, South Central represents the chapters in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
  • The region vice president, North Central represents the chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Mentoring board is another great benefit

Experienced professionals, students can learn and expand their networks

IISE's mentoring board is one of IISE members' newest member benefits.

The board connects experienced industrial and systems engineering professionals with students of all levels, helping share knowledge, develop meaningful connections and advance careers.

Mentors can reference their wide variety of field experiences to make a difference in the lives of other hard-working professionals. This is a rewarding opportunity to give back to the profession by contributing to the success of others while also developing your leadership skills.

Mentees can expand their network and draw upon the specialized skills, knowledge and guidance from dedicated and skilled professionals to advance both their professional and personal growth.

Potential mentors and mentees register at http://mentorboard. Registrants will receive an email after creating a profile. Following validation of the account, the registrant can fill out his or her field of work and other relevant questions and then search for a match. Once matched, the registrant will receive an email with the match's contact information so they can set up their mentor/mentee relationship.

Three join SHS board

Athanassiades of Philips HealthTech is new president-elect

Longtime volunteer and former SHS board member Dean Athanassiades is now president-elect of SHS.A healthcare veteran and longtime volunteer is the new president-elect of IISE's Society for Health Systems.

Dean Athanassiades has worked for Philips Health- Tech and its predecessor companies for many years, gaining experience in organizational improvement, change leadership, operations, project management, technical consulting, client support and sales. His healthcare career spans 25 years and his involvement in SHS dates to the early 1990s. He has served on the board of directors, as annual conference chair, conference track chair, conference session moderator, conference paper reviewer, conference speaker and SHS diplomate.

Laura Silvoy and Tarun Mohan Lal also were elected to the SHS board of directors.

Silvoy is a healthcare systems engineer at Array she spends her time facilitating improvement events, documenting the results and assisting with implementation.

Lal is a principal in outpatient practice redesign and advanced analytics in practice operations at Mayo Clinic. Lal has been regional vice president for the North Central Region Operations Boardof IISE and chair of SHS's 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement (HSPI) Conference.

Athanassiades, Silvoy and Lal took over their new posts in March after the HSPI Conference.