Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers elects new officers

NORCROSS, Ga. – Feb. 1, 2019 – Leaders for 2019 have been chosen in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) annual elections. Results were announced by IISE CEO Don Greene.

Three seats were filled on the 14-person board of trustees: David Poirier as president-elect; Carl Kirpes as senior vice president, industry; and Gül Kremer as senior vice president, international operations.

Poirier is founder and chief executive officer of The Poirier Group in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial engineering in Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.

Prior to the election, IISE Fellow Poirier vowed to "bring this experience, and my strategic viewpoint of the profession to the heart of IISE and chapter operations."

Kirpes recently assumed a new position in crude oil strategy and analysis at Marathon Petroleum Corp. in Findlay, Ohio. Kremer is professor and Therkildsen Chair in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University.

Vice presidents for the technical operations board and the regional operations board also were elected.

The newly elected vice presidents of technical operations are Diana Berry and Elizabeth Cudney. Berry is supply chain specialist for Harsco Rail in Columbia, South Carolina. Cudney is an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri.

Also elected as regional vice presidents are Zhibin Jiang, Asia; Maria Catalina Ramirez Cajiao, Central and South America; Luis Enrique Chavez Munoz, Mexico; Brian J. Galli, Northeast; Joey Canamo, Southeast; and Sean Genovese, Western.

New officers are elected by IISE professional members and serve for three years. Terms begin April 1.

About the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers: The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of its members, customers and the profession.

For more information, contact IISE Chief Operating Officer Donna Calvert at (770) 349-1108 or, or visit the IISE website at