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Keeping pace with IIE in the September 2011 issue of Industrial Engineer

Nominate a new face

National Engineers Week Foundation honors young professionals


The New Faces of Engineering program has been so successful that the NEW Foundation has launched a New Faces of Engineering College Edition for third-, fourth- and fifth-year college students. The new program was reported in the June issue (“NEW Goes to College,” Page 62), but the submission deadline has been changed. Applications are due Oct. 21 and must be obtained and submitted at The Facebook page also provides the application criteria.

Each year, the National Engineers Week Foundation works with engineering societies to honor young engineers who are contributing greatly to society, thus promoting the image of engineering globally. IIE is among the engineering societies to join in this initiative, and it is accepting nominations.

The IIE nomination criteria follow:

  • Nominees must be 30 years old or younger as of Dec. 31.
  • Nominees must be members of IIE.
  • Nominees must have a degree in industrial engineering from an ABET-accredited U.S. college or university or from an equivalent international educational institution.

The selected nominee will be featured in a USA Today advertisement during National Engineers Week Feb. 19-25, 2012.

The nomination form is available at The deadline to submit nominations is Oct. 28. Email nomination forms and accompanying materials to Monica Elliott at or mail them to her attention at 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092.

A very accredited conference

ABET hosts Google guru and Stanford dean in October

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will hold its annual conference Oct. 26-28 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in downtown Baltimore.

This year’s theme is “Innovation in Technical Education.” The highlight of the event will be plenary session speakers Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, and James Plummer, dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering. There also will be faculty workshops on sustainable assessment processes as well as panel presentations, breakout sessions, a town hall discussion and an awards dinner.

ABET comprises 30 professional technical societies, most of which recruit, select, mentor and train qualified program evaluators to accredit academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET accredits nearly 3,000 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities around the world.

IIE has approximately 80 active program evaluators volunteering for ABET, which accredits more than 90 industrial engineering programs.

A special conference rate is available until Sept. 26. Visit for more information.

The real transformersWilliam B. Rouse, executive director of the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech, will be one of four keynote speakers at the IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference in October. The speakers have decades of experience transforming top companies.

Industry leaders headline IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference

The state of various world economies has led many companies to seek a complete overhaul of processes and policies. IIE’s first Enterprise Transformation Conference was developed to help companies jump the intricate hurdles in today’s economic climate in order to increase competitiveness, reduce costs and improve overall effectiveness.

The conference will feature four highly regarded keynote speakers who represent some of the top companies and organizations that excel at business transformation.

As vice president of corporate strategy and development for Verizon, Anthony J. (Tony) DiMaso leads corporate business strategy for the major communications provider, developing business partnerships, negotiating agreements that support key corporate objectives, and assessing industry and technology trends, issues and opportunities. He also has held upper management positions at AT&T Information Systems and NEC America.

Michael Oliff is the author of the book Transformation in the Age of Turbulence and formerly served as a professor and the director of IMD (International Management Institute) in Switzerland. He has also served as a professor and director of the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and a research and international fellow at the University of South Carolina.

William B. Rouse (above right) is executive director of the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech. The institute was founded in 2004 to support fundamental change of complex organizational systems; in other words, enterprise transformation. Rouse also is a professor in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing and its School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He has served on several national committees and boards and written numerous articles and books, including his latest, People and Organizations: Explorations of Human-Centered Design.

The conference will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta hotel in Atlanta. Early-bird registration rates apply until Sept. 20. For more details, go to

It's abstract time

The 15th annual Applied Ergonomics Conference is seeking quality speakers who want to share their success stories and their knowledge while energizing attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses and methods.

The abstract submission deadline is Sept. 16, and authors will be notified by Oct. 31. Submissions are peer reviewed and limited to two per primary author and four per company. Abstracts that have not been presented previously will be given priority.

The conference is scheduled from March 26-29, 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. It will include the world-renowned Ergo Cup® competition.

Go to for more information.

Worthy recognition

Don’t miss dates to nominate peers for scholarships and awards

Industrial engineers and IE-types are doing remarkable work in the world, and students in industrial engineering programs are representing the field with innovative new ideas and projects. While they may receive widespread notoriety in various media outlets or peer groups and associations, it’s up to IIE members to nominate them for IIE’s scholarships and awards.

Scholarships and fellowships

The nomination deadline for IIE scholarships and fellowships — except for the Society for Health Systems Scholarship — is Tuesday, Nov. 15. The deadline for the SHS scholarship is Dec. 1.

Nominated students must be members of IIE unless they are being nominated for the John L. Imhoff Scholarship. Self-nominations are allowed for the IIE Council of Fellows Undergraduate Scholarship, but all other nominations must come from the student’s faculty advisor or department head.

To submit a nomination, contact Bonnie Cameron at for an application. For more information, visit


General guidelines. The deadline to nominate someone for an IIE honor or award is Dec. 1. The list and the nomination materials for more than 25 accolades are available at

Submit nominations and any supporting documents to, or mail the nomination package to IIE Honors & Awards, c/o Office of the President, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. Mailed nominations must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1.

Chapter, society and division awards. The criteria and deadlines for IIE’s many chapter, society and division awards vary. Go to to obtain nomination details.

For questions or concerns about the nominating process for any scholarship, fellowship or award, contact Bonnie Cameron at or (770) 449-0461, ext. 105.

Changing of the guard

Societies and divisions usher in new leaders for 2011 and beyond

Several IIE societies and divisions elected new officers recently.


IIE’s technical societies and divisions are a great way to feed your specialty interest and network with like minds. Divisions are free with IIE membership, and societies are just $35 to join with membership. Go to and select Societies & Divisions to pick the best one (or ones) for you.

Society for Engineering & Management Systems

Jennifer A. Farris, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University, became the 2011-2012 president-elect. She will serve a three-year term, becoming president for 2012-2013 and past-president for 2013-2014.

The new board members elected for 2011-2014 are Wiljeana Glover, a postdoctoral associate with MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative; Suzanna “Suzie” Long, an assistant professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Alfred (Al) Thal Jr., an associate professor of engineering management at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Society for Health Systems

Jean Ann Larson is the new SHS president-elect. Larson is vice president clinical and quality services at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

The new 2011-2014 directors are Greg Blanks, director of management engineering at HCA, and Amanda Mewborn, executive director of transformation engineering for CareLogistics.

Computer and Information Systems DivisionVincent Howell, president of IIE's Process Industries Division

Hari Thiruvengada, a senior research scientist at Honeywell International Inc., became the CIS division president-elect, and Russell Wooten of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration joined the 2011-2013 board.

Engineering Economy Division

Gillian Nicholls, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, was elected communications director. The position is held during the first year of a four-year cycle. In the second year, Nicholls will serve as the program chair for the Engineering Economy track at the IIE Annual Conference.

The division elected two new board members: Paul Componation, a professor at University of Alabama, Huntsville, and Alisha Youngblood Ortiz, an assistant professor at Southeast Missouri State University.

Leland Blank, professor emeritus of Texas A&M University, became a Wellington Award committee member, and Adedeji Badiru, professor and department head at the Air Force Institute of Technology, joined the editorial board for The Engineering Economist.

Lean DivisionLuis Armendariz, president-elect of Process Industries Division

The Lean Division elected three board members: Haleh Byrne, lead industrial engineer/lean specialist at North Carolina State University; Davida Gondohusodo, a lean practitioner at The Boeing Co.; and Tina Kovach, continuous improvement manager for Dawn Food Products. They will serve two-year terms.

Operations Research Division

The new OR Division president-elect is Burak Eksioglu, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Mississippi State University.

The new 2011-2013 board members are Mary E. Kurz, associate professor at Clemson University, and Sarah Root, assistant professor at the University of Arkansas.

Process Industries Division

Formerly the president-elect, Vincent W. Howell (top right) is now president of the Process Industries Division. He is the engineering projects portfolio manager in the Display Technologies division of Corning Inc.

Luis Armendariz (bottom right), a lean systems and simulation modeling consultant, is now president-elect. He also serves on the board of the IIE Los Angeles chapter.

To view the complete board rosters for IIE’s societies and divisions, visit and select Societies & Divisions.

Fifth journal on tap

New ergo and human factors publication focuses on people at work

IIE’s fifth refereed journal, IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, will be out in the first quarter of 2012.

Managing Editor Maury Nussbaum, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech, said the journal will be published four times a year and will focus on people at work. It is the only journal with a sole occupational focus that is affiliated with a major domestic professional organization.

“It is devoted to compiling and disseminating new and important knowledge on occupational ergonomics and human factors theory, technology, application and practice across diverse areas and using a variety of approaches,” Nussbaum said. “We are committed to enhancing communication and information transfer between occupational ergonomics and human factors researchers and practitioners.”

Topics include, but are not limited to, physical, cognitive and organizational ergonomics and human factors. Multidisciplinary investigations and submissions from practitioners are encouraged, along with submissions using diverse methods and in various formats. Author instructions are available at

The associate editors leading the peer-review process are Amy Bisantz, Ben-Tzion Karsh, Jim Potvin, Nadine Sarter and Jeff Woldstad.

For more information, contact Nussbaum at


Celebrating member achievements

Xinyu Liu 

Xinyu Liu was honored by Lamar University with a 2011 University Merit Award in recognition of outstanding performance in the classroom. Liu is an assistant professor in the industrial engineering department.

Rajan Batta 

Rajan Batta has been named acting dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Buffalo. Batta is the school’s associate dean for graduate studies.

Michael Gindl 

Michael J. Gindl was awarded the 2010 Nick Hoge Award, which honors Department of the Army civilian personnel in an essay competition on matters relating to civilian personnel administration and management. He is a human resources specialist for the Army’s Civilian Human Resources Agency, North Central Region.

John White 

John A. White Jr. is a 2011 inductee into Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence.

Adedeji Badiru

Adedeji Badiru won the 2011 International Public Management Association for Human Resources 49th Annual Federal Employee of the Year Award in the managerial category. He is head of the Air Force Institute of Technology’s systems and engineering management department.

Pinar Keskinocak 

Pinar Keskinocak has been named the Joseph C. Mello Professor for work focusing on healthcare delivery operations in world health and humanitarian response at Georgia Tech’s Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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