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Mid-Atlantic Region

IISE's Mid-Atlantic Region (District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) has more than 1,200 active IISE members in the 6 professional chapters and ten university chapters. The mission of this regional website is to provide value to our members by offering a connection point that represents the needs, concerns and support efforts of IISE members in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Congratulations to chapters that have attained GREEN chapter health status for five consecutive years!  

Professional: National Capital and Raleigh
University: Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech

Coming soon ... map with links to important information from each Mid-Atlantic chapter! 

Regional Vice President - Kevin M. Taaffe

New pic of Kevin TaaffeKevin M. Taaffe, Ph.D, Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, has 25 years of industry and academic experience. After receiving a B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, Dr. Taaffe worked in the transportation logistics industry (American Airlines, Sabre) for eight years before returning to academia to obtain his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Since arriving to Clemson in 2004, his teaching and research interests have included the application of simulation and optimization in healthcare, production, and transportation logistics. In particular, Dr. Taaffe focuses on healthcare logistics problems that range from patient flow to operating room scheduling to emergency evacuation. Dr. Taaffe also enjoys working on industry-sponsored projects that bridge the gap between theoretical research and application. In addition to IISE, he is a member of INFORMS and the OR Society, and he has served as a track chair for several conferences.

Assistant Regional Vice President (ARVP)

Katie SkinnerKatie Skinner is a supply chain analyst working for AFL. AFL is a telecommunications company specializing in the manufacturing and installation of fiber optic products and equipment. In her role at AFL, Katie is working to improve inventory management and purchasing techniques to reduce costs within an international supply chain. Katie received her master’s in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2013. During her time at Clemson, Katie was involved with the student chapter of IISE at Clemson including serving as vice president. As the assistant regional vice president for IISE Mid-Atlantic, Katie hopes to further open communication between student and professional chapters within the region.  

Assistant Vice President of Student Development 

Laurie MoravecLaurie Moravec is an Industrial Engineer at Michelin in Greenville, SC.  Laurie graduated from Clemson University in 2015 and has been an active IISE member since 2012.  During her time at Clemson, Laurie dedicated her time to the Industrial Engineering department at Clemson and IISE through leadership roles and attending five IISE university conferences.  She started her leadership roles within IISE as social chair and then became president for two years as well as a regional conference co-chair. As the Assistant Vice President of Student Development, Laurie hopes to help chapters find ways to become more active within their universities, create university chapter best practices for the region, and help the university chapters who are hosting the regional conference. 


Young Professional Chair

William AndersonWilliam Anderson is an industrial engineering consultant with West Monroe Partners, where he develops engineered labor standards, and implements process optimization solutions for companies in the retail, and manufacturing and distribution industries. William graduated from North Carolina State University where he received a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a concentration in systems analysis and optimization. During his matriculation as a graduate student, he worked on several academic projects that have facilitated process and systems improvements in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and supply chain. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Fisk University. His goal is to help Industrial Engineering students maintain continuous membership and participation with IISE as they transition from students to professionals. 


Young Professional Chair

Theo NehemiasTheo Nehemias is a current member of the IISE National Capital Chapter and is also the IISE Young Professionals (YP) co-chair for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The YP group works to provide high value opportunities for IISE members ages 35 and younger. The YP regional chairs work with professional chapters, student chapters and regional leadership teams in their respective regions to assist the YP group in fulfilling its mission. Theo is currently an industrial engineer at an industry-leading aerospace and defense contractor and also has IE work experience in the automotive manufacturing and warehouse distribution industries. After beginning his studies in industrial engineering at Tennessee Tech University he transferred to Morgan State University in Baltimore to complete his B.S. in IE. While pursuing his bachelor's degree, Theo developed strong leadership skills while serving his IISE student chapter as fundraising coordinator, newsletter editor, chapter revitalization chair and, finally, student chapter president.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia

This region includes 6 professional chapters:

  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn. 
  • National Capital, Washington, D.C. 
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Upstate South Carolina


There are IISE student chapters at ten colleges and universities in the region:

  • Clemson University 
  • East Carolina University
  • Morgan State University 
  • North Carolina A & T State University 
  • North Carolina State University 
  • South Carolina State University
  • University of Tennessee –Chattanooga 
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville 
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University
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