Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 5

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

Two great tastes

ISERC and Applied Solutions went well together at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012
For Lisa Claussen, the Annual Conference and Expo once again delivered opportunities for competitive advantage.The networking reception was held outdoors surrounded by sun and breeze as students and professionals dined and chatted early in the evening on May 19. 

Claussen, manager of supplier quality and development for Invensys Controls, said this year’s extravaganza in Orlando, Fla., had more offerings on applying sustainability to manufacturing, industry and business than the last few years.

“That is something that we’re just now seeing, and it’s hitting us at the corporate level as well,” she said.

The 2012 conference boasted more than 700 educational sessions (hundreds of them with full papers submitted), facility tours, a galaxy of networking events, pre-conference workshops, colloquiums, exhibits and editorial board meetings for all five of IIE’s journals (IIE Transactions, The Engineering Economist, IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, Journal of Enterprise Transformation and IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors). The activity of exhibitors, volunteers and more than 1,600 attendees kept IIE social networking groups like Twitter and Facebook filled with posts.

“And IIE is the only organization that actually has both the research and the practitioner portion,” Claussen said. “And anybody can go to either one or both.”

Annual is like a candy bar with two flavorful conferences inside: the Applied Solutions Conference and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference.

“What I really like is you have different tracks,” Claussen said. “You know what those tracks involve, and you can go from one track to another and not miss a beat. So I can tailor the sessions that I attend to what is important to my employer and what is important to me in my current position right now.

“It’s really nice for me to see what’s up and coming, what are some tools that are in development right now that I can use over the next few years, what are some of the studies that are being done, for example, like the effectiveness of kaizen events,” she said about ISERC. “… It also gives me a good chance on the practitioner side of the conference to see what’s working for other companies and if this is something we can utilize ourselves to improve our own performance.”

Like years past, the 2012 conference left Claussen wanting more. She has missed only two conferences since 1997 and already has plans to see if her company will send her to next year’s event in Puerto Rico.

The next IIE Annual Conference and Expo will be held May 18-22, 2013, at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan.

Click here to see the conference photos.