Work Systems division

Work Systems Division

IISE Work Systems Division members have an interest in the art, science, and practice of designing, implementing, analyzing and improving human-machine systems that work together to produce goods and provide services.



"A work system is a system in which human participants and/or machines perform work using information, technology, and other resources to produce products and/or services for internal or external customers. Typical business organizations contain work systems that procure materials from suppliers, produce and deliver products or services to customers, find customers, create financial reports, hire employees, coordinate work across departments, and perform many other functions. The work system concept is a common denominator for many types of systems that operate within or across organizations."

Introducing the Board 2019 - 2020

Michael Hair 
Senior Engineer  
Emeryville, CA  

Immediate Past President 
Ed Eisbrenner    
Sr. Industrial Engineer             
Ford Motor          
Brookpark, OH

Erick C. Jones
Associate Dean                                                  
UT Arlington                                                  
Arlington, TX

Directors 2019-2021  
David Hampton                                                       
VP Go to Market                                                  
Frito Lay, Inc. (retired)     
McKinney, TX

Laila Cure                                                      
Assistant Professor                                                         
Wichita State University                                                   
Wichita, KS                                                      

Directors 2018-2020  
Edward S. Pound                                             
Factory Physics Inc.                                             
Bryan, TX

Mayra I. Méndez-Piñero 
Associate Professor  
University of Puerto Rico     
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 

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It's fast, free and simple! Here's how to sign up: 

      1. Go to this link.
      2. Select "Update Your Member Record."
      3. Set up username and password (if you don't already have one).
      4. Under "Societies and Divisions," select "Edit" and click on the Work Systems Division.

Call Brian Charles at (800) 494-0460, ext. 102, for assistance.

Vision (what we want to become)

  • Work Systems Division is to be the leading source for promoting advancements in the science, mathematics, and engineering principles that define work systems.
  • The Work Systems Division inspires those with an interest in designing, implementing, analyzing, and improving Work Systems in all environments (terrestrial, subterranean, underwater, atmospheric, outer space, cyberspace, etc.).

Mission (what we are doing today)

  • The Work Systems Division primary focus is on defining/establishing a work systems framework and scientific approach to design, standardization, measurement, analysis and optimization.
  • We provide professional forums for IISE members, present advanced concepts in work systems theory and application, and define the Work Systems Body of Knowledge.
  • Division members actively promote research, discovery, and open dialogue on the science, mathematics, and engineering discipline needed to design, build, operate, and sustain work systems.
  • Our efforts stimulate innovation, foster competitiveness, and promote advancements in work systems theory and practice.


Key Markets: (Who is our target audience?) 

  • Academic Community (Focus is on Fundamental Aspects)
  • Industrial Community (Focus is on Improving Productivity/Reducing Cost)

Contributions: (What products or services do we provide to our clients/customers/audience?) 

  • A theory, a Body of Knowledge, and a support organization.
  • A forum for challenging and advancing the Work Systems Body of Knowledge

Distinctions: (What makes our product or service unique, so that the audience will choose us?) 

  • Our primary focus is on defining/establishing a work systems framework and scientific approach to design, standardization, measurement, analysis and optimization.