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Keeping pace with IIE in the January 2015 issue of Industrial Engineer 

Making aspirations real

Special healthcare conference panel to highlight presidential report
A special presentation and panel discussion at the 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference will tackle how to turn a presidential report on improving healthcare into reality.Heather M. Young served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s Working Group on Systems Engineering for Healthcare. 

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), according to the White House website, is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise President Barack Obama and his executive office. PCAST issued “Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering” in May. The report identified seven recommendations for better healthcare delivery, dealing with topics that included payment incentives, reporting information, data supply, technical assistance and improving the workforce.

Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing at the University of California, Davis, and dean and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, will be a key presenter and help lead the discussion. The session is from noon to 1:20 p.m. Feb. 19.

Young is a nurse leader, educator, scientist and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural healthcare. Her current research includes using telehealth and community-based strategies to promote healthcare for rural older adults. She is a coinvestigator of the university’s Initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness at UC Davis, a project involving faculty from nursing, medicine and engineering, and she is the primary investigator for a $2.1 million Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute study seeking to improve health for diabetics.

Young also served as a member of the PCAST Working Group on Systems Engineering for Healthcare. Industrial Engineer’s systems engineering columnist Ricardo Valerdi reported on PCAST in the August issue, which is posted at, and the magazine’s health systems columnist Amanda Mewborn discussed the report in September, posted at

Registration for the 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, scheduled for Feb. 18-20 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, is open now. The program includes four pre-conference workshops; educational sessions; numerous networking events and opportunities; exhibits of products and services; poster sessions; and presentations by student paper competition winners.

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Safety and risk

Executives from Gulfstream, CNA will speak at Applied Ergonomics Conference
The keynote speakers at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015 will bring forth ergonomics expertise from the aerospace and insurance industries.

William Boyd (top) of CNA and Joe Jordan of Gulfstream are the keynote speakers for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015. 
William Boyd (top) of CNA and Joe Jordan of Gulfstream are the keynote speakers for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015. 

Joe Jordan, director of initial phase operations for Gulfstream Aerospace, will speak on March 17. William Boyd, senior vice president for risk control for CNA, will speak on March 18. The conference is scheduled from March 16-19 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jordan, who has been with Gulfstream for 13 years, is responsible for more than 1,300 employees. He directs the tactical, strategic and process technology activities for the G450 and G550 aircraft.

He spent more than 20 years as an operations executive with General Electric and has global experience in union and nonunion operations, defense and commercial contracts, and long and short cycle time manufacturing. He emphasizes putting a heavy focus on lean Six Sigma, continuous improvement, ergonomics and customer satisfaction.

Jordan earned his B.S. in business administration from Kings College and in 2007 was appointed both to the Penn State University MMM Academic Advisory Board and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce as manufacturing vice chair.

Boyd, who is responsible for the CNA’s risk control function, runs a staff of 300 professionals who deliver occupational health and safety services. A member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene and former chairman of the Applied Ergonomics Conference, he has served on the board of directors for the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists. He is a certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional, certified professional ergonomist and an Underwriters Laboratories-recognized risk engineer.

Boyd has more than 35 years of experience in the health and safety profession. His B.S. in chemistry came from Austin Peay State University, his M.S. in occupational safety from the University of Tennessee.

Early-bird registration, which can trim $100 off the cost of attending AEC, ends Jan. 11. The 18th annual conference offers numerous multidisciplinary sessions, networking events, six pre-conference workshops, the chance to earn continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs), and the internationally recognized Ergo Cup competition.

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Save big at Annual

Early registration opens for biggest IE conference of the year
Registration is open for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, and the 2015 edition should be one of the easiest to get to for domestic U.S. travelers.

Nashville, Tennessee, is at the crossroads of three interstate highways – I-40, I-24 and I-65 – and has been dubbed the Athens of the South for its 24 post-secondary educational institutions.

The conference is scheduled from May 30 – June 2 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. April 5 is the deadline for early-bird registration, which can save professional attendees $170.

The conference, one of the largest industrial and systems engineering gatherings in the world, offers numerous breakout sessions, networking opportunities and presentations. So far, two pre-conference workshops are scheduled on May 30, “Analytics-Based Enterprise Performance Management,” presented by Gary Cokins, and “Improving Employee Engagement,” presented by Khaled Mabrouk.

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Win and go on

University regional conferences offer competitions and other opportunities
University regional conferences are a great stepping stone on the way to the IIE Annual Conference and Expo.

As always, students can enter various competitions, with the winners automatically earning the right to present at the IIE Annual Conference, scheduled for May 30-June 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. The regional conferences also offer networking, speakers from various industries and plant tours.

The dates, locations and contacts for the scheduled university conferences are:

Canada – Jan. 22-24
École de Technologie Superieure, Montréal
CONTACTS: Leonie Quinn,; Louis Frotey,; and Michel Rioux, 

South Central – Feb. 19-22
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
CONTACTS: Yaaminey Kunderu,; Victoria Morrison,; Randa Shehab, 

Southeast – Feb. 19-22
Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
CONTACTS: Kelley Kohler,; Sara Campbell,; Lesley Strawderman, 

Western – Feb. 20-22
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
CONTACTS: Jonathan Topliff,; Esma Gel, 

Great Lakes – Feb. 20-22
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
CONTACTS: Nicole White,; Kelly McCarthy,; Steven Duket, 

Mid-Atlantic – Feb. 27 - March 1
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
CONTACTS: David Parker,; Laurie Moravec,; Kevin Taaffe, 

North Central – March 5-7
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee
CONTACTS: Patrick Gathof,; Aaron Armstrong, 

Central & South America – March 12-14
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia
CONTACTS: Daniel Gallardo Chacon,; Luis Saavedra, 

Mexico – March 17-21
Instituto Tecnologico Superior de San Luis Potosi Capital (ITSSLPC) and Instituto Tecnologico de San Luis Potosi (ITSLP), San Luis Potosi, Mexico
CONTACTS: Jorge Luis Del Angel Maldonado,; Yedid Garcia Zavala,; Angel Medina Mendoza,; Rosa Hilda Felix Jacquez, 

Northeast – March 20-22
Northeastern University
CONTACTS: Bret O’Flaherty,; Kerri Beiswenger, 

CHAPTER CHECK-IN: Glimpsing the real world

Florida’s student chapter workshop, competition leads to internship interviews
The University of Florida’s student chapter held a daylong “Case Study Workshop and Competition” that led to summer internship interviews with a healthcare products company.Kayla Duckworth (from left), Dustin Fontaine, Guillermo Moratorio, Jo Smith, Nicolas Hureira and Andrew Vittetoe all participated in a daylong workshop and case study competition held by the University of Florida’s IIE student chapter. 

Twelve students listened to the workshops, which discussed how to create a presentation, how to present effectively and how to analyze data with Excel. Three professional members (two from Voalte, one from Accenture) and then-student chapter President Ashley Papagno walked around to help the teams fulfill their assignments.

Students were tasked with being consultants to a mining and refinery company. The company expected that demand soon would outstrip its capacity. The students analyzed options, which included expanding one of two refineries and reallocating the distribution of customers. Many factors needed to be considered, including trucking costs, expansion costs, demand growth rates per customer and refinery capacities.

Dylan Fontaine, a junior studying industrial and systems engineering with a minor in business administration, said the case study competition was extremely valuable.

“It gave me the opportunity to work with a small team on a challenging real-world problem, given a limited amount of time,” Fontaine said. “I was challenged to work hard and work fast. I learned so much in the span of a few hours.”

Kayla Duckworth, a junior studying industrial and systems engineering with minors in business administration and sales engineering, also called the experience valuable.

“It was technically challenging for all of the participants, while still being in the scope of our abilities,” she said. “Also, the short span of the event exposed us to making educated assumptions and absorbing large amounts of information in a short amount of time.”

Papagno, who planned the event, is in her fourth year at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is minoring in business administration and sales engineering.

The three winning students, Duckworth, Dustin Fontaine and Nicolas Hureira, accepted internship interviews with Voalte, which creates healthcare communication tools. Voalte’s founder, Trey Lauderdale, graduated from the University of Florida’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.


Celebrating member achievements 

Vincent W. Howell 

Vincent W. Howell, a former president of IIE’s Process Industries Division, is the 2014 recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers William Everett Warner Award for Professional Practice from Epsilon Pi Tau, the international honor society for professions in technology. Howell also is an SME fellow.


Andrew K.S. Jardine has been named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering to honor a lifetime of achievements and contributions, an award for the most accomplished engineers in Canada. Jardine is professor emeritus of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Toronto.

Bradley Laser 

Bradley Laser is now a principal business analyst at Sabre Airline Solutions. He formerly was a lead business systems analyst and has served in numerous capacities at Sabre Airline Solutions and American Airlines.

Behrokh Khoshnevis 

Behrokh Khoshnevis’ Contour Crafting, a computerized construction method that prints large structures from architectural CAD models, won the $20,000 grand prize in the 2014 NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” Design Contest. Khoshnevis is a professor at the University of Southern California.

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