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Message from Region Vice President

Kyle Grabill 

Dear South Central Region members, 

Let me start by saying "thank you" for the opportunity to serve you as your region vice president (RVP). We have an outstanding region which is the result of those who have come before me and the outstanding leadership that exists at the professional and student chapter levels. Our society is primarily made up of volunteers who are committed to giving back to the profession. For this, I would like to say "thank you" to the volunteers throughout our region whether those who are serving in positions of leadership or those who are volunteering on a case by case basis. More from Kyle 

2013 University Conference Recap

By Emilie Gerhart 

The hard work contributed from students of the Student Chapter 877 from the University of Houston produced an excellent event last Spring for the annual South Central University Conference.

2013 Region Conference committee 
Upon registration, students were presented with a backpack filled with goodies, including IIE pin, conference T-shirt, bracelet, university and area information, and an action-packed agenda.

The morning of Friday, Feb. 8, attendees toured nearby Cameron, Cintas and HP plants. Lunch included a keynote address from Cintas representative, Dr. Rich Gerlach. After concluding lunch activities, two sets of workshops were held by Paco Martiniz from Technetics Group, Dr. Victoria Jordan from MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Barbara Roebuck and Eric Ayanegui from Cintas. Cameron then presented an info session before the Career Fair began. Representatives from Cintas, Cameron and Technetics among others spoke to Career Fair attendees. Breaking for the evening, conference attendees were welcome to explore the Houston nightlife.

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New articles

IEs and Pink (not the singer)
By Lew Cox

In the olden days (read: 25-50 years ago), it was common for people to enter the workforce, work for a specific company for their useful working lives, receive a gold watch, a hearty handshake, and a pension, and settle down for their Golden Years. OK, some of that (like the gold watch) didn't always happen, but in general the scenario was common. It isn't anymore. Today's workers move around between jobs and industries a good deal more than their parents did.
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IEs, robots, and lawyers
By Lew Cox

In 1942, I believe, Isaac Asimov introduced his Three Laws of Robotics. In general, the Three Laws are stated as (reference any search engine or Wikipedia for some background):

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. Read more 

How to land your dream job: Resume, interview and networking tips for the millennials and beyond
By Emilie Gerhart 

I hate to break this bad news to you, but the Internet and social networking have changed your job searching forever. After entering the work "job" in our search engine and retrieving over three billion results, it can feel like your search has ended. Although technology has made it easier to find job openings, the challenge of obtaining your dream job still exists. Read more 

Safety first, then teamwork
By Emilie Gerhart

You've heard and probably repeated the quote from the zany action comedy "Pineapple Express": "Safety first, then teamwork." Although "Pineapple Express" has absolutely nothing to do with industrial engineering, the phrase rings true in every industry and risky situation. Read more 

Quality in education: Notable IIE member accepts important ABET role

Jamie RogersIndustrial Engineering continuously cultivates leaders. A notable IIE member deserving congratulations can be found holding the faculty advisor position for the University of Texas-Arlington Student Chapter, K.J. (Jamie) Rogers, Ph.D., P.E. She accepted the president-elect position of the ABET board of directors for 2013-2014. Evaluating and challenging applied science, computing engineering and engineering technology programs internationally, ABET bestows value to students, educators and the public alike after a rigorous review process.

Rogers first began supporting ABET in 1991 by evaluating industrial engineering programs. Rogers has served on the ABET board as a representative director for IIE since 2008 and has been influential on various ABET councils and committees. In addition to her involvement with IIE for over 34 years and her role with the student chapter at the University of Texas-Arlington, Rogers is professor and associate chair of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at the university.

It is clear that Rogers' extensive knowledge of industrial engineering and quality will allow her to offer valuable and respected contributions to the evaluation of academic programs worldwide.


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South Central Region

Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas 

This region includes six professional chapters:

  • Central Arkansas 

  • Dallas-Ft. Worth

  • Greater Kansas City 

  • Houston

  • Northwest Arkansas

  • Wichita, Kan.



There are IIE student chapters at 16 colleges and universities in the region:



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