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Keeping pace with IISE
President-elect Poirier heads IISE election winners
Members select new officers for 2019 plus regional VPs
New leaders for 2019 have been chosen in the Institute of In-
dustrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) annual elections, an-
nounced by CEO Don Greene.
Chosen to the 14-person board of trustees were David
Poirier, president-elect; Carl Kirpes, senior vice president, in-
dustry; and Gül Kremer, senior vice president, international
operations. The new officers were elected by IISE professional
members and serve for three years. Terms begin April 1.
Poirier is founder and chief executive officer of The Poirier
Group in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has more than 30
years of industrial engineering experience.
“I am delighted and honored to have this opportunity to be
a part of the IISE leadership team,” Poirier said. “It is an orga-
nization that is close to my heart and has been a platform where
I have learned and grown and have met many colleagues and
friends over the years. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard
the results and am excited to continue to aid and support the
development of the ISE field from students newly entering the
profession to seasoned professionals.
IISE, which began in 1948 as the American Institute and
changed its name in 1981 to reflect its global membership, will
be led by a non-U.S. citizen for the first time.
Kirpes is a crude oil strategy and analyst at Marathon Pe-
troleum Corp. in Findlay, Ohio. Kremer is professor and
Therkildsen Chair in the Department of Industrial and Manu-
facturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University.
Newly elected as vice presidents of technical operations
were Diana Berry, supply chain specialist for Harsco Rail in
Columbia, South Carolina, and Elizabeth Cudney, associate
professor of engineering management and systems engineer-
ing at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in
Rolla, Missouri.
Elected as regional vice presidents were Zhibin Jiang, Asia;
Maria Catalina Ramirez Cajiao, Central and South America;
Luis Enrique Chavez Munoz, Mexico; Brian J. Galli, North-
east; Joey Canamo, Southeast; and Sean Genovese, Western.
David Poirier Carl Kirpes Gül Kremer
Lean Division rechristened as Operational Excellence
Members vote to make IISE division more inclusive to other performance ideals
The IISE’s Lean Division will be answering to a new name
after members voted to change the divisions moniker to Op-
erational Excellence.
In the vote, 37 percent of division members casting ballots
voted for the new name, 29 percent for keeping the old name;
22 percent for Lean Six Sigma; and 12 percent for Continu-
ous Process Improvement. The idea behind the change was to
make the division more inclusive and welcoming to members
who specialize in other areas of performance improvement.
The Lean Division has evolved over several years to en-
compass more than Lean and Six Sigma,” division president
Valentine Boving told ISE. “We wanted to find a name that
would embrace the quality pursuits of some of our other mem-
bers’ perspectives, such as ISO and Baldrige criteria. The new
Operational Excellence Division is more inclusive of the evolv-
ing quality applications for industry, service and academia. We
welcome new members who find that our division is relevant
to their interests and needs.
The new name will be ofcially unveiled at the IISE Annual
Conference & Expo 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
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There’s much to see, hear and absorb at Annual conference
Special events, workshops, networking on tap at IISE gathering in Orlando
A busy schedule of workshops, seminars and events are on tap
at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019, scheduled for
May 18-21 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando,
A unique slice of industry knowledge will be on the menu
at the Performance Excellence Track organized by IISE volun-
teers Scott Sink of Ohio State, Kaz Takeda of Disney, David
Poirier of The Poirier Group, Bob Pudlo of FedEx Ground
and Nathan Crable of West Monroe Partners. Presenters in-
clude featured speaker Jim Tompkins, chairman and CEO of
Tompkins International and winner of the IISE Frank and Lil-
lian Gilbreath Industrial Engineering Award in 2015. Tomp-
kins, a regular ISE columnist, will explain the Industry 4.0
transformation in supply chains. Other sessions and speakers
come from such companies as UPS, Disney, General Motors,
Ernst & Young, Ford, Tempur Sealy, Lockheed Martin and
Pre-conference workshops scheduled include “Communi-
cation Essentials for Engineers,” presented by Kaiwen Cheng
(read his article on Page 44); “From Industrial Engineer to
World Class Leader,” by Lee Cromarty, Tim Greene, Roman
Hlutkowsky, Dale Lucht, Beth Shapiro and Patrick Davidson;
and “Integrated Enterprise Excellence: Going Beyond Lean Six
Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard,” by Forrest W. Breyfogle.
The conference program also includes the Sunday welcome
reception at 6:15-8 p.m. May 19; honors and awards dinner,
ceremony and dessert reception, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday,
May 20; new faculty colloquium and doctoral colloquium,
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and executive roundtable,
11 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 19 (limited availability)
Networking events will include a Saturday networking re-
ception from 6-7:30 p.m. May 18 and a student networking
mixer from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
The keynote speakers for the conference are U.S. Air Force
Inspector General Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris on Sunday, May
19; Pascal Van Hentenryck, the A. Russell Chandler III chair
and professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and
Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, on Monday,
May 20; and Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the
USA, on Tuesday, May 21.
Registration is underway; those signing up before April 8
receive discounted fees. For more, visit www.iise.org/Annual.
ELSS conference set for Sept. 23-25 in Houston
Annual lean & Six Sigma event now accepting abstracts through April 15
Mark your calendars for the annual Engineering Lean & Six
Sigma Conference, which is set for Sept. 23-25 at the Mag-
nolia Hotel-Houston in Houston, Texas.
The event offers a global hub for sharing organization-
al transformation discoveries fueled by lean and Six Sigma
thinking. It offers an audience of industrial, management,
manufacturing and quality engineers, healthcare profession-
als, consultants, operational and supply chain managers and
professional educators.
Abstracts are now being accepted for lean and Six Sigma
discoveries within two extended tracks: LSS Applications
and Training and LSS Research and Education. The dead-
line is April 15. To submit an abstract, go to https://link.iise.
The Magnolia is rated as one of the worlds top 100 new
hotels by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. It is located down-
town amid the city’s many corporate offices and cultural
venues. For more, visit https://www.iise.org/LeanSixSigma.
The Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida, will be site
of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 set for May 18-21.
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Skeens takes reins
as SHS president-elect
Veteran healthcare leader aims to increase
society’s profile, reach
volunteer snapshot
Veteran healthcare executive Mary Ellen Skeens was
chosen by members as president-elect of the Society for
Health Systems for 2019 in the recently completed elec-
Skeens, director of solution design and delivery for
Philips Healthcare in Johns Creek, Georgia, has served in
various roles the healthcare industry over the last two de-
cades. She holds a masters degree in health systems and
bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia
Tech. An SHS member since 2002, she began as a stu-
dent volunteer and later served on the board of directors,
as conference chair, track chair and now president-elect.
“Volunteering is a great way to build your network, give back to the society, and learn from other people,” she
told ISE. “It is time well spent and I have always found that I get back way more than I give.
Skeens aims to boost the society’s profile and capitalize on its members’ skills and expertise.
“I look forward to partnering with our SHS Advisory Board on broadening the influence and awareness of SHS,
she said. “This will include creating more visibility for the society and the value our members provide to healthcare
organizations. Our members truly are a gold mine of knowledge and experience. The SHS network is incredibly
powerful and can be leveraged to solve some of healthcare’s toughest challenges.
Skeens is a native of Macon, Georgia, where her first exposure to the healthcare field came as a high school vol-
unteer with a hospital in Macon.
“I had a strong interest in healthcare and became fascinated with medical technology and processes,” she said.
This led me to pursue a degree in engineering with the intent to use my knowledge and skills to help improve
She later spent time in the management engineering department at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gaines-
ville and with metro Atlanta health providers as an intern and graduate student.
“My degree in industrial engineering has given me a great foundation for applying performance improvement
approaches and tools to healthcare,” she said. “From using statistical data analysis to develop z-score algorithms for
pediatric cardiology patients (see research at https://link.iise.org/pediatric), to developing database reporting solutions
to address, to consulting with clinicians on how to improve outcomes, I have regularly used my IE background to
solve problems.
In her current position, she seeks to guide Philips through an era of global healthcare challenges through im-
proved methodologies, training and mentoring.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be able to help improve and save lives through healthcare solution enable-
ment,” she said. “Knowing there is a patient at the end of everything we do drives me every day.
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Former IISE President Moore featured in New Engineer
USC professor discusses ISEs’ unique aspects in magazine interview
Former IISE president James E. Moore
II, a professor of industrial and systems
engineering at the University of South-
ern Californias Viterbi School of Engi-
neering, was featured in an article in New
Engineer magazine in 2018.
In the interview, Moore discussed the
unique aspects of industrial and systems
engineering and how they are both alike and different.
“Industrial and systems engineers are as interested in the sys-
tem itself and its functions as in the nature of the process that
brings it about,” he wrote. “Industrial engineers and system
engineers both rely on a systems point of view that emphasizes
understanding and managing trade-offs associated with sys-
tem design, but a purely systems engineering approach is more
likely to be driven by functionality requirements. ... Both ap-
proaches involve a rened capacity for systems thinking. In-
dustrial and systems engineering is a powerful blend of these
complimentary approaches.
Moore also discussed the attraction of ISE study programs
for undergraduate and graduate students.
Because industrial and systems engineering is the broadest
of the undergraduate engineering majors, every student who
explicitly considers the trade-off between breadth and depth
and concludes that a better education favors breadth is going to
at least consider making a transition into industrial and systems
engineering,” he said.
There is only one person in the audience when a student
chooses an academic major: him- or herself.
At Viterbi, Moore’s teachings specialize in economic impact
analysis relating to transportation engineering, transportation
systems and other infrastructure systems.
At IISE, Moore served on the board of directors and as se-
nior vice president for continuing education. He became pres-
ident-elect and CFO of the institute in 2014, served as presi-
dent in 2015 and immediate past president in 2016.
James Moore
My fascination
with industrial
engineering comes from
that never-ending search
for optimization and
efficacy. We don’t only
search for solutions to benefit manufacturing,
we also facilitate and improve people’s lives by
making products more affordable. We can make
basic daily tools readily available to improve the
quality of products and services. Reducing waste
and inefficiency also saves people time, which
they can dedicate to their close ones, family
and themselves.
Give Back
to the Future
of the Profession
Donate to the
IISE Scholarship Fund
The IISE Scholarship Fund recognizes industrial
and systems engineering students’ academic
excellence and campus leadership. Last year,
IISE awarded more than $90,000 in scholar-
ships. Eenne Bausta is pursuing his B.S. in
Industrial Engineering with a minor in Systems
Engineering at ITESM – Queretaro in Mexico.
He won IISE’s Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship.
Visit www.iise.org/PlannedGiving to make a
donaon today.
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training time
Lean Green Belt and Lean
Green Belt for Healthcare
April 2-4, Norcross, Georgia
Three-day course provides an
in-depth understanding of lean
enterprise principles and how to
apply them within your organization.
Interactive simulations demonstrate
how each lean concept is applied
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Six Sigma Green Belt
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March 12-14, May 14-16, Los Angeles
Design of Experiments
April 10-11, Norcross, Georgia
Introduction to Engineering Analytics
April 16-17, Norcross, Georgia
Advanced Engineering Analytics
April 18-19, Norcross, Georgia
Lean Black Belt and Lean Black Belt
for Healthcare
April 29-May 2, June 3-6, Norcross,
Feature Extraction and Selection
Using Topological Data Analysis
2 p.m., March 19
The Industry Practitioner Track
Orlando 2019: Sneak Preview
Noon, March 21
Twofold Spatial Variation
Modeling for Roll-to-Roll (R2R)
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2 p.m., April 23
Best in Class Integrated LeanSigma
Certification Capstone Projects
Noon, April 24
For details, visit:
UPS invests in IISE diversity efforts
Company’s foundation helps fund minority and women outreach
The UPS Foundation has re-
newed its decadeslong com-
mitment to IISE by providing
a grant of $15,350 to the in-
stitute’s Minority and Women
Engineer Outreach Program.
The UPS Foundation drives
global corporate citizenship
and philanthropic programs for
UPS. The donation was deliv-
ered Feb. 4 by Tandy Bailey,
department manager for the
UPS Enterprise Transforma-
tion Office, to IISE CEO Don
Recipients of the UPS scholarships for female and minority
student industrial engineers and the Excellence Award for Minor-
ity Advancement winners will be announced at the IISE Annual
Conference & Expo, scheduled for May 18-21 in Orlando, Flor-
ida. The scholarships provide financial aid for up to four students
each year.
A critical role of IISE is to promote the profession and do what is best for industri-
al and systems engineering. Diversity of our profession is a key pillar in IISE’s strategic
plan,” Greene said. “UPS has tremendous resources and is clearly very dedicated to
making this a better world and to making the profession stronger. We’re honored to
work with them and to serve as a conduit for UPS to be able to help students through
scholarships and awards. Industrial engineering is a leader in the engineering com-
munity in the area of gender and ethnic diversity and IISE is proud to play a role.
Bailey told ISE the effect of such grant programs is being felt as more women and
minorities move up through the leadership ranks in industrial engineering.
“We start to see more women accelerating their careers, being able to achieve
higher levels of leadership and breaking through the glass ceiling,” she said. “More
of the females of the next generation, Generation X and millennials, are starting to
really emerge as candidates for the next opportunities.
That same change is seen in promoting minority candidates into leadership roles.
“In just the last few months, with our retirements accelerating through our trans-
formation, a large number of minorities and females have been promoted to director-
level positions and above,” Bailey said.
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, The UPS Foundation identifies specific
areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In 2017, UPS and its employees,
active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the
UPS department manager Tandy Bailey meets with
IISE CEO Don Greene on Feb. 4 at the institute’s
headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, to provide a
donation from The UPS Foundation to benefit IISE’s
Minority and Women Engineer Outreach Program.
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kudos. Celebrate member achievements.
Natalie Scala was promoted to
graduate program director at Towson
University. She is former director and
board member with the Society for
Engineering & Management Systems.
Carl Kirpes has taken a new posi-
tion with crude oil strategy and analy-
sis at Marathon Petroleum Corp. He
is newly elected IISE senior vice
president at large, industry.
Alexandra Medina-Borja, pro-
gram director at the National Science
Foundation, was selected its execu-
tive secretary of the STEM Education
of the Future subcommittee of the
Education and Human Resources Di-
rectorate Advisory Committee. She is
a past board member for SEMS.
Let your peers know about hirings, promotions, awards, appointments and other notable accomplishments.
Send Kudos items to Keith Albertson at kalbertson@iise.org.
Sign up for AEC by March 14 and save $200
OSHA course, city tour, jazz dinner cruise among highlights in New Orleans
Sign up by March 14 to save on the
cost of the annual Applied Ergonom-
ics Conference (AEC) March 25-28 at
the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
The conference gathers profession-
als from around the world to share
ideas and best practices in ergonomics,
healthcare, safety, human resources
and risk management.
Members and nonmembers who
register by March 14 will save $200 on
the conference fees. Students can save
$20 by signing up early.
The four-day event in the Big Easy
includes featured speakers, presenta-
tions and awards and a full discus-
sion of best practices in ergonomics,
healthcare, safety, human resources
and risk management.
Attendees will be able to take ad-
vantage of several new events during
the conference, including an OSHA
10-hour course Sunday and Monday;
a city tour of New Orleans; and a 2
1/2-hour New Orleans Dinner Jazz
Cruise on Tuesday, March 26 on the
Mississippi River aboard the Creole
Queen, including a dinner buffet and
live music (additional fee required).
Keynote speakers are William S.
Marras, Honda Chair in the Depart-
ment of Integrated Systems Engineer-
ing and director of the Spine Research
Institute at The Ohio State Univer-
sity, on Tuesday; SangHyun Lee,
Ph.D., a professor and John L. Tish-
man Faculty Scholar at the University
of Michigan; and Donald R. Peterson,
Ph.D., of Northern Illinois Univer-
sity and chair of the American Society
for Testing and Materials Committee
F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits, on
Pre-conference workshops are
scheduled for Sunday (OSHA course)
and Monday, March 24-25, open to all
registered attendees for a separate fee.
To register, visit www.iise.org/AEC.
Jeffrey W. Herrmann was ap-
pointed director of the reliability
engineering graduate program at the
University of Maryland. He is a pro-
fessor of mechanical engineering at
the A. James Clark School of Engi-
neering, a senior member of IISE and
co-chair of the 2012 ISERC.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome dominates the skyline of New Orleans, site of the
annual Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) March 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency.