Keeping pace with IIE in the August 2011 issue of Industrial Engineer
More than Wii bits of improvement
Paper and session quality increases, as did the giveaways
Better quality and continuous improvement were terms on the lips of many who attended the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2011 in Reno, Nev.
The conference, which is divided into the Applied Solutions Conference and the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), boasted more than 1,300 attendees. Many of them talked about how Co-chairs Toni Doolen and Eileen Van Aken, have continued to elevate the IERC portion of the event. Approximately 500 full papers were submitted, many of which are up for publication in one of IIE’s technical journals, and track chairs started work earlier than usual to recruit speakers and session chairs.
The hard work paid off based on opinions from attendees like Marci Jackson, manager of knowledge transfer at Premier Healthcare Alliance and former Society for Health Systems chair. “I have not spent much time with the IERC track, and just [by way of ] the timing of when I came in, I had an opportunity to sit in on a lot more of the IERC before the Applied Solutions began,” said Jackson. “I really enjoyed many of the presentations and it was much more applied than I think I originally assumed when I hear ‘IERC.’”
The IIE social networking groups on sites like Facebook and Twitter were all abuzz during the conference addressing the pre-conference workshops, more than 700 educational sessions, vendor exhibits and networking opportunities that gave attendees solid ideas to make their companies more productive and efficient.
With that said, the annual conference also provided enjoyment of a less serious purpose.
Attendees could challenge David Brandt, IIE’s Web managing editor, at video games played on a Nintendo Wii. Winners took home vests, water bottles, blankets and other door prizes with the IIE logo emblazoned on them.
The big kahuna of prizes was the Wii itself. Conference-goers had the opportunity to answer a short questionnaire about the history of IIE and industrial engineering. Their answers qualified them for a May 24 drawing for the videogame system, along with other prizes.
Oregon State University student Juthamas Choomlucksana was quite thrilled to win the drawing. Other prizes went to Gloria Gari, a student at the University of Miami, who won a Kindle book reader; Rex Robielos, who works at the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines, who won an iPod touch; and Daniel Hyatt of MDA in Huntsville, Ala., who won an iPad 2.
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