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 – Joel Brock

Joel BrockJoel Brock is a Partner at West Monroe specializing in Operations Excellence and Retail. He has been with West Monroe for over 10 years. Prior to West Monroe he held industrial engineering and operations management roles at UPS, FedEx Freight, and Sears Holdings. In his current role he leads business and technology consulting engagements in the retail, healthcare, consumer and industrial products, and nonprofit industries. He specializes in process optimization utilizing industrial engineering approaches: work measurement, process improvement, simulation, facility design, etc. Joel has a B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from Northern Illinois University.

Joel was a student member of IISE (IIE) from 1998 – 2002 and has been a professional member since 2009. He has served the Institute in a variety of ways.  He is a past president of the Sustainable Development Division (SDD) and served as the track chair for SDD for previous Annual conferences. He is a past board member of the Body of Knowledge (BOK). He is currently serving on the Experienced Professionals Committee for The Society of Heath Systems (SHS). He has presented at the conference multiple times and in past years has been part of the leadership team from SDD that plans and hosts the Annual Conference volunteering event.

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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 Kathy Gamboa.

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)