IISE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

IISE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement and more...

"Diversity brings more innovation for businesses and a breadth of perspective." ... "DEI creates and fosters an environment where we can learn from each other, embrace differences and become better-rounded professionals."

— Diana Berry, chair of the DE&I Committee

"Removing Barriers to Enter ISE" - ISE magazine

"Supporting DEI actions at IISE" - ISE magazine

Diana Berry

IISE values and celebrates the diversity of participants in the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) profession worldwide and the stakeholders who benefit from the contributions of these professionals. Accordingly, we uphold these values for all, regardless of origins, circumstances, or socio-historical contexts, through active engagement with diversity and active commitments to inclusion. Please review the detailed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement and Core Commitments as approved by IISE Board of Trustees on March 7, 2019.

IISE views membership as a privilege and has expectations of its members to uphold the values associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion when engaged with the profession, with the public, and in research and practice. Diana Berry serves as the chair of the DE&I Committee. If you wish to share your thoughts, ideas, and/or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us anytime.

Together we can and will make a difference.

IISE Leadership

L to R: IISE (2023-24) President-Elect Victoria Jordan, IISE President Eileen Van Aken and IISE Past President Amanda Mewborn

IISE Leaders Exemplify Diversity

When Don Greene, chief executive officer of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, announced election results in February 2023 for the association’s new officers, he noted that for the first time in the Institute’s 75-year history, women held all three executive officer positions. That year, Victoria Jordan served as president-elect, Eileen Van Aken, president, and Amanda Mewborn, immediate past president.

“This is a momentous occasion that underscores the advancements women have made within the Institute and the industrial and systems engineering profession,” said Greene.

Pictured from Left to Right: Victoria Jordan, IISE president; Eileen Van Aken, IISE immediate past president; Amanda Mewborn, IISE past president

Awards & Scholarships


UPS Scholarship for Female Students

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

UPS Minority Advancement Award

2023 DEI Highlights 

  • The Girl Scouts for STEM learning event May 20 during the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was a success.
    IISE and the Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines of the Gulf and Louisiana East gathered for the “Introduce a Girl to Industrial and Systems Engineering event” at 3 p.m. May 20 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. According to organizer Diana Berry on social media: "My heart is full with the turnout of this event! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that participated and shared their knowledge with the Girl Scouts, the leaders and IISE, “introduce a girl to IISE” was a successful event!!#dei #stemeducation"

  • Article: Louisiana Girl Scouts get ISE insights at Annual event – July ISE 2023

    Students learn engineering concepts, get advice from professional mentors

    By Frank Reddy

    Following the event, IISE President-elect and Fellow Victoria Jordan, Emory Healthcare, who served as a volunteer, provided each of the scouts with certificates of attendance signed by event organizer and IISE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair Diana Berry and IISE CEO Don Greene.

    “We got to know each other and learned about industrial engineering.” – Jade Waterman, 14

    GirlScouts 23

  • Webinar: "Creating an Inclusive Workplace Culture"
    Sponsored by the IISE DEI Committee
    2023 webinar on how to support organizations on the path to becoming more inclusive through a conversation with Yuri Ramirez, director, Intel Global Engagement Program Office.

  • Article: Using ISE tools to uncover structural racism – June ISE 2023

    Hispanics in US mountain west region face healthcare access obstacles

    By David Claudio, Sally Moyce, Liz Aghbashian, Génesis Chávez Reyes and Danika Comey

    “Many medical facilities, community organizations and social support service providers are struggling to offer services in Spanish that meet the needs of the growing community in a culturally responsive manner.” … “Engineers have an ethical and social responsibility to employ their abilities toward the betterment of society. ISE professionals can play a key role in analyzing and dismantling embedded discrimination in policies and processes. The same tools and methods often used to improve and optimize processes can also be employed to dismantle systemic racism and move society toward the attainment of equity and fairness.”

  • Article: Internships sharpen ISE students’ skills – June ISE 2023

    Four prospective professionals share their stories

    To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day June 23 (inwed.org.uk), four female ISE students provide insights and problem-solving opportunities in a variety of industries.

    “In the fall of my senior year, I attended Penn State’s Fall Career Days, the largest collegiate career fair, and the Industrial Engineering Career Fair hosted by Penn State’s IISE chapter. After careful thought and consideration of all options, I decided Radial Inc. provided the best opportunity to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. I am excited to join full time in June 2023 upon completion of my degree.” - Caroline Veitch

  • Article:  What’s Your Story? Nancy Currie-Gregg
    A former astronaut and now ergonomist discussed her career in the skies and efforts to establish equality in the cockpit. - ISE magazine, March 2023
    Interview by Keith Albertson

  • Article: How business leaders can follow Martin Luther King's example

    Civil rights leader's qualities can translate to success in all ventures. - ISE magazine, January 2023
    By Mostafa Sayyadi, Michael J. Provitera and Holly Latty-Mann