Keeping pace with IIE in the February 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer 

Encouraging excellence

Ergo conference offers awards, workshops and popular green belt course 
Encouraging excellence 

Ergonomists and industrial engineers have less than two months to register for GOErgo’s Applied Ergonomics Conference 2014, which also will offer IIE’s popular Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement course.

This year’s event, scheduled for March 24-27 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla., features six pre-conference workshops, 16 poster sessions, 80 concurrent educational sessions, a plethora of networking opportunities and the always highly anticipated Ergo Cup competition.

The gathering is a perfect place to discover the latest research and best practices that can make your employees safer, more comfortable and more productive.

The Six Sigma Green Belt course will take place concurrently with AEC – a full day on March 24 and half-days on March 25-27 – as an introduction to Six Sigma’s focus on eliminating defects through fundamental process improvement. Applying Six Sigma to ergonomics initiatives helps prevent injuries, and DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) can be thought of as a roadmap for solving problems and making processes safer.

Once again, GOErgo will award Ergo Cups in four categories: team-driven workplace solutions, team-driven workplace solutions for companies that have an internal Ergo Cup competition, engineering/ergonomist-driven workplace solutions, and ergonomics program improvement initiatives. In addition, conference attendees will cast ballots for five Ergo Excellence awards. These honors have the same criteria as the Ergo Cups.

The deadline to register at a cost of $885 for IIE members is March 16; the fee increases to $1,265 on site. You can register for the Six Sigma Green Belt course, which normally costs $1,545 for nonmembers, and the conference for $1,585. To register, visit

A new look for a new year

Redesigned IIE websites go big and bold
The IIE website at has a bold new look courtesy of a redesign in December. 

In addition to a larger rotating banner and featured news items, the home page also has a new design for upcoming events, a home for the current issue of Industrial Engineer, video linking to the IIE YouTube channel, and a section for quick links to frequently requested actions such as renewing membership, finding or posting a job and nominating for IIE honors.

The IIE four main conference sites also have the new look – the IIE Annual Conference, the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, the Applied Ergonomics Conference and the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference. And coming soon, the IIE Training Center will boast a redesign as well.

Stay tuned for more details, and feel free to share feedback at

Early birds keep the cash

There’s still time to save big by registering early for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 at the Palais des Congrés de Montréal.Early birds keep the cash 

The early-bird registration rate is $685 for IIE members and $885 for nonmembers. Student member registrations are $250, student nonmembers $290. After April 6, registration fees increase, respectively, to $855, $1,055, $280 and $320.

The registration fee covers all educational sessions, keynote presentations, welcome and networking receptions, refreshment breaks as listed in the program and access to all conference proceedings. Additional fees apply to the pre-conference workshops. (For more information on those workshops, see January's Focus section.)

The Annual Conference is divided into two programs: Applied Solutions, which showcases proven solutions and applications from industry, and the Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), which features research from academia and industry scholars. The sessions are scheduled so that attendees can catch discussions in both programs.

The conference also features an honors and awards dinner to laud the work of industrial engineering and continuous improvement professionals and students.

For more information and registration, visit

Diana BerryDivision elects new leaders

Diana Berry has been elected president-elect for the Sustainable Development Division.

Claire Nelson was elected to serve a three-year term on the division’s board of directors, while student board member Nelson Granda will serve for one year.


Management strategies

SEMS virtual conference proceedings available online; Date set for 2014
For people who attended, the Society for Engineering and Management Systems’ Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement virtual conference was an opportunity to learn at home or at the office without facing airport waiting lines or travel expenses.

For people who attended, the Society for Engineering and Management Systems’ Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement virtual conference was an opportunity to learn at home or at the office without facing airport waiting lines or travel expenses.

But since the November event came at the beginning of North America’s hectic holiday season, some people may have missed out. So IIE is offering a year’s access to the proceedings to members for $139 and to nonmembers for $179. The price is $64 for student members and $84 for student nonmembers.

This was SEMS’ second year for the virtual conference. The 2013 event featured six international experts in different aspects of continuous improvement, ranging from corporate strategy to implementation. It was such a success that SEMS is planning another virtual conference to be held Nov. 12.

To purchase access to Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement, go to

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