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December 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 12

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Keeping pace with IIE in the May 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer

It's a magical land

Annual conference journeys to Orlando, Fla.
Making magic takes a lot of work. The folks who run the entertainment resorts in Orlando, Fla., know that.

So what better place to hold the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012? Veterans can be reinvigorated by the five days of presentations, exhibits, networking and professional development opportunities combined with more than 700 educational sessions. In addition, this year’s conference offers six facility tours so you can learn how resorts and businesses operate. For new members and attendees, first-time attendee orientations are available on May 20 and May 21.

The conference will be held May 19-23 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek hotel. For more details, visit and take a glance at the following sample of this year’s events:

Saturday, May 19

Golf outing: New for 2012, you can test your skills on an 18-hole Rees Jones-designed championship course. The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club provides a majestic setting, a five-tee system for all playing abilities and a fully stocked pro shop for club rentals and purchase. Tee time is 1 p.m.

Pre-conference workshops: One-day workshops include lean Six Sigma white belt certification and rapid problem solving with object-oriented simulation. It also will be the first day of a two-day workshop on applying IE tools to healthcare systems.

Doctoral colloquium: This all-day event is designed for doctoral candidates expecting to graduate by spring 2013. Panels of experts will lead discussions on topics that include the job search, life in academia and industry, the tenure process, teaching, research and professional services. Attendees must be nominated and pre-register.

New faculty colloquium: This all-day event is for new faculty, specifically junior faculty within their first three years on a tenure track. Information provided will help participants navigate the challenges of an academic career. Participants can ask questions, network with peers and interact with senior-level professors. Attendees must be nominated and pre-register.

Networking reception: Attendees receive a complimentary ticket for this reception, which is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Any additional guest tickets should be bought during conference registration.

Sunday, May 20

Keynote speaker Russell Barton: Barton is program director of manufacturing enterprise systems and service enterprise systems for the National Science Foundation and professor of supply chain and information systems at Pennsylvania State University. At NSF, he manages a $9.5 million research portfolio that supports academic research in manufacturing and services management. He will speak at 9:30 a.m. about past, current and future industrial engineering research and industrial engineering pioneers.

Pre-conference workshops: One-day workshops will be held on engaging your workforce and Six Sigma yellow belt, and this will be the second day of the applying IE tools to healthcare workshop.

ABET workshop: The IIE Accreditation Advisory Council will sponsor this workshop from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help industrial engineering and industrial engineering technology department chairs and assessment coordinators prepare for upcoming ABET accreditation visits. The session is limited to 35 people. Participants must pre-register by contacting Bonnie Cameron, IIE headquarters operations administrator, at

Welcome reception: Network and mingle with exhibitors and peers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the exhibit hall. Conference attendees receive one ticket. Any additional tickets should be bought during conference registration.

Monday, May 21

Exhibit hall: The hall, which includes more than 7,000 square feet of products and services exhibits, will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote speaker John E. McGlade: McGlade, chairman, president and CEO of Air Products, will speak at 9:30 a.m. about how the fundamentals of industrial engineering are creating competitive advantage for Air Products. He also will discuss the growing skills shortage and why industry, education and government must work together to enable the U.S. to compete and prosper.

Facility tours: Universal Orlando Resort from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. or Walt Disney World’s Disney Reservation Center from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Honors and awards dinner and dessert reception: IIE formally recognizes the accomplishments of prominent practitioners and students with a variety of awards each year. This event carries an additional fee, and tickets must be purchased before the conference.

Tuesday, May 22

Exhibit hall: The hall will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Keynote speaker William Harrison: Harrison is chairman and CEO of Harrison Energy Partners (formerly Trane Arkansas), an air conditioning and energy services company in Little Rock, Ark. He has pushed for energy efficiency in a variety of roles, including as president of the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering. His company was an early member of the United States Green Building Council. He will speak at 9:30 a.m. about how IEs can contribute to energy solutions.

Facility tours: Pepsi Beverages Co. and Frito-Lay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with the UPS Orlando Hub from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23

Facility tours: Walt Disney World’s back-of-house facilities from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (board bus at 7:30 a.m.), and the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Listen, improve, repeat

Applied Ergo Conference unveiled several new initiatives
The simple act of listening will continue improving GOErgo’s Applied Ergonomics Conference, said 2012 conference Chair Teresa Bellingar.


For the first time, GOErgo awarded four Ergo Cup awards at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2012. The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina sponsored the competition, and some of the winners are shown here with the center’s executive director, Tim McGlothlin. (Click here for a full list winners and photos.)

  • Team-Driven Workplace Solutions: One of the highest-risk operations at Cordis de Mexico came from the 15 stations dedicated to performing the carding operation in the diagnostic catheter area. Ergonomic risks included neck problems, sitting posture issues, and hand and wrist twisting motions. Reducing those risks improved production and cut costs.
  • Engineering/Ergonomist-Driven Workplace Solutions: The GE90 is the largest aircraft engine assembled at GE Aviation in Durham, N.C. The GE90 Swing Arm Storage System is an innovative solution that stores six stages of GE90 low pressure turbine-bladed discs. This design improved ergonomics, material presentation, and employee morale.
  • Ergonomic Program Improvement Initiatives: Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. established an off-line training center where associates spend two weeks learning all aspects of their assigned processes. Online trainers work with employees for at least a week after they make it to the production floor to make sure the workers apply their ergonomic knowledge.
  • Team-Driven Workplace Solutions with Internal Competitions: Preparing steel for welding and fabrication at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works required manual grinding with high-vibratory tools. Employees’ ideas were incorporated into a mechanical grinding tool designed and built in house. Workers now grind hands-free, eliminating the ergonomic risk that comes with holding vibrating tools. Productivity improved by 50 percent.

This year’s 15th annual gathering, held March 26-29 in Nashville, Tenn., breezed in with added time for featured speakers, question-and-answer sessions with keynoters, a fourth category for the internationally recognized Ergo Cup and a poster session, said Bellingar, a senior corporate ergonomist with Haworth Inc.

Suggestions from attendees and focus groups are paving the way for further improvements, she said. For example, the additional Ergo Cup category was suggested by a conference attendee from last year. So the team-driven workplace solutions category was divided, with one category for entrants that did not go through an internal competition and a second category for those that did.

“That is something that we will be continuing next year as well,” she said. “It was well-received. And I think that the team category used to always be so big, and it made it a little bit easier for those people who were judging. … And it really did break them into two distinct categories.”

The Ergo Cup entrants show attendees how you can apply ergonomics at work, Bellingar said. The conference always has stressed the real-world application of ergonomics, and officials are working to include more case studies in next year’s program.

Although the Ergo Cup is a big draw, Bellingar heard many attendees talk over and over about having the chance to ask questions of both keynote speakers, Don Chaffin of the University of Michigan and Raymond Davis Layne of VPPPA.

“I was glad about how eager people were to have that additional time with our keynote speakers,” Bellingar said. “And both sessions were very well-received.”

Chaffin and Layne spoke in the morning, so attendees had to make a point to return for the afternoon question-and-answer sessions, she said. Other highlights include this year’s student contingent, which was the largest in a number of years.

“We’re really excited about having that student involvement,” she said. “Because they really are the professionals of the future, so getting them involved while they’re in school is very important.”

The conference committee watered the seeds of continuous improvement by holding a focus group with people who attended for more than three years to find out where they want the conference to go. GOErgo officials will keep getting feedback from veterans and new attendees throughout the year, Bellingar said.

“We’re just trying to stay on top of what’s trending in the ergonomics field and make sure that we get that information out to people in a variety of manners because everybody likes to learn in different
ways,” she said.

Leadership positions available

May 9 is deadline to nominate candidates
Nominations for election to the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ board of trustees, along with other leadership positions, are due by May 9.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, email a brief biography or resumé and contact information to, or mail the information to Donna Calvert, IIE, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. For any inquiries, contact IIE COO Donna Calvert at (770) 349-1108.

The election is scheduled for December. Winners take office in April 2013.

The three open board of trustees positions are president-elect; senior vice president-at-large, industry; and senior vice president, international. Other open posts include vice president, technical operations and regional vice presidents for the Mexico, Asia and Central/South American regions.

Ergo at the retail level

Best practices event also targets distribution and wholesale
GOErgo, the Global Organization of Ergonomics, is expanding its offerings with its Best Practices in Ergonomics Applied to Retail and Distribution.

Ergonomics is serious business, as shown by the success of GOErgo’s most recent offering, the 15th annual Applied Ergonomics Conference in March. IIE’s best practices gatherings are usually one-day events that let today’s busy professionals fly in, learn and fly out quickly, often on the same day, but the Best Practices in Ergonomics Applied to Retail and Distribution event has recently been expanded to a day-and-a-half event with a new half-day best practices workshop.

Best Practices in Ergonomics Applied to Retail and Distribution is scheduled for July 23-24 in Bloomington. Minn. The first day includes six, hourlong sessions beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 4:15 p.m., followed by remarks from Tim McGlothlin, executive director of North Carolina State University’s Ergonomics Center of North Carolina. The sessions and speakers include:

  • "Linking Safety with Savings: Prevention Strategies for Wholesale and Retail Establishments," Vern Putz Anderson, public health advisor, NIOSH
  • "Supervalu’s 'Fair Share' of Ergonomic Initiatives," James Koskan, corporate director of risk control, Supervalue
  • "L’Oreal – Because Our Employees Are Worth It!" Kristin Herman, operations director of environmental health and safety, L'Oreal USA
  • "Gaining Efficiency in Retail Stocking," Jim Galante, director of product and market development, Southworth Products Corp.
  • "Ergonomics in Design: Applications and Strategies in the Retail Store," Jeff Hoyle, senior ergonomist, The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina

The second day, July 24, is co-sponsored by EASE and MHIA and offers a hands-on, half-day workshop that will focus on two specific and common manual material handling problems. There will be open, roundtable discussion between retail industry participants and various solution providers following Jeff Hoyle’s The Ideal Equipment Selection Process. Research data will be provided by NIOSH.

The daylong conference on July 23 will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. The half-day best practices workshop on July 24 will be held at the Embassy Suites. The locations are within walking distance of each other.

For more information, go to

Fueling hope for the future

Texas team takes home systems integration award
IIE’s sponsorship of National Engineers Week’s Future City competition keeps providing hope for the future – literally.Eighth-graders in Ann Martin’s integrated physics and chemistry class at The Village School in Houston won IIE’s Excellence in Systems Integration Award. Here, the team poses behind a model of their future city. The team includes Teresa Datta (from left), Martin, Sabrina Wong, engineer mentor Jimmy Wong and Megan DelGrego. (Photograph courtesy of KRR Photography)

Three eighth-grade girls from The Village School in Houston came away from the February competition with this year’s IIE Excellence in Systems Integration Award.

The annual competition lets sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders design their visions of a city of tomorrow. This year, the Future City competition theme was “Fuel Your Future: Imagine New Ways to Meet Our Energy Needs and Maintain a Healthy Planet.”

Megan DelGrego, Sabrina Wong and Teresa Datta used SimCity 4 Deluxe software to design and build the model city of Ireti Ola. Ireti Ola means “hope for tomorrow” in Nigeria’s native language of Yoruba, Wong said, and their city is in Nigeria. The team was one of 37 regional winners in the national competition.

The girls chose algae as a main power source, Wong said, because it wouldn’t harm the environment and could power the city’s waste disposal system. Since the byproduct of algae power is hydrogen, the team chose hydrogen cars for the city’s personal transportation, DelGrego said. Tidal power was a second major energy source for the city.

“Our mass transportation was pneumatic tubes, which are air-pressurized vessels,” DelGrego said. “They won’t crash because there’s always going to be a sliver of air between them.”

Tubes also featured in the girls’ extensive plans for tourism. Datta said Ireti Ola featured a soccer stadium, a historical museum, an arboretum and a zip line.

“Not only is it the longest in the world, but it also goes under water,” Datta said.

No, the tourists don’t need gills, she said. Under water, the zip line runs through a tube.

They designed two commercial nodes sandwiching a residential area in the center to reduce commutes.

Datta said presenting before the judges was a different experience because, unlike earlier audiences that included the school and parents, “the engineers especially know about this stuff.”

Wong said the judges were encouraging, and it was interesting to talk with them and learn more about engineering.

“What we’re really doing is trying to build a better future,” she said. “And all the engineers were just there to help us and guide us in building a future that would work.”

Advisor Ann Martin, an integrated physics and chemistry teacher at their school, said the girls went last year and didn’t even win region.

“They came away saying ‘That ain’t going to happen again.’ ... So they came back this year with a purpose,” Martin said.


Celebrating member achievements

Tapas K. Das 

Professor Tapas K. Das has been named chair of the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

José L. Zayas-Castro 

Professor José L. Zayas-Castro has been named associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Julie Higle 

Julie Higle has been appointed chair of the University of Southern California’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

David Reid 

David Reid has been hired as director of engineering services for L.M. Scofield Co. He will be responsible for building, installing and maintaining Scofield’s CHROMIX-It Liquid Color Dispensers throughout the United States.

Bopaya Bidanda 

Bopaya Bidanda received the 2012 ASEE John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering Education. He is the Ernest Roth Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary Besterfield-Sacre 

Mary Besterfield-Sacre, associate professor of industrial engineering and director of the Engineering Education Resource Center at the University of Pittsburgh, received the 2012 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education.


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