Mid-Atlantic Region

IISE's Mid-Atlantic Region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and West Virginia) has more than 1,200 active IISE members in the 11 professional chapters and 11 student chapters. The mission of this regional website is to provide value to our members by offering a connection point that represents the needs, concerns and support efforts of IISE members in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Congratulations to chapters that have attained GREEN chapter health status for five consecutive years! 

Professional: National Capital and Raleigh
University: Virginia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina State

Regional Vice President - Kevin M. Taaffe

 New pic of Kevin TaaffeKevin M. Taaffe, Ph.D, Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, has nearly 25 years of industry and academic experience. After receiving a B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, Dr. Taaffe work at American Airlines and Sabre, managing many airport-related transportation projects , including terminal-area passenger/baggage flow studies as well as airspace and master plans studies. After a decade in industry, Dr. Taaffe returned to academia, obtaining his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in 2004. His teaching and research interests include the application of simulation and optimization in healthcare, production, and transportation logistics. His research program has been well funded by various private and federal entities. In particular, Dr. Taaffe has been solving healthcare logistics problems for major healthcare systems across the state that address issues ranging from patient flow to operating room efficiency to emergency evacuation. Dr. Taaffe is also involved with CELDi, the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution, where he works on industry-sponsored projects that bridge the gap between theoretical research and application. He is a member of IISE, INFORMS and Transportation Research Board, and he serves on multiple editorial boards.

Assistant Regional Vice President (ARVP)

Katie SkinnerKatie Skinner is a supply chain analyst working for AFL. AFL is a telecommunications company specializing in the manufacturing and installation of fiber optic products and equipment. In her role at AFL, Katie is working to improve inventory management and purchasing techniques to reduce costs within an international supply chain. Katie received her master’s in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2013. During her time at Clemson, Katie was involved with the student chapter of IISE at Clemson including serving as vice president. As the assistant regional vice president for IISE Mid-Atlantic, Katie hopes to further open communication between student and professional chapters within the region.

Young Professional Chair

Theo NehemiasTheo Nehemias is a current member of the IISE National Capital Chapter and is also the IISE Young Professionals (YP) co-chair for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The YP group works to provide high value opportunities for IISE members ages 35 and younger. The YP regional chairs work with professional chapters, student chapters and regional leadership teams in their respective regions to assist the YP group in fulfilling its mission. Theo is currently an industrial engineer at an industry-leading aerospace and defense contractor and also has IE work experience in the automotive manufacturing and warehouse distribution industries. After beginning his studies in industrial engineering at Tennessee Tech University he transferred to Morgan State University in Baltimore to complete his B.S. in IE. While pursuing his bachelor's degree, Theo developed strong leadership skills while serving his IISE student chapter as fundraising coordinator, newsletter editor, chapter revitalization chair and, finally, student chapter president.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia

This region includes 7 professional chapters:

  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn. 
  • National Capital, Washington, D.C. 
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Richmond, Va. 
  • Southern Piedmont (N.C.) 
  • Upstate South Carolina

There are IISE student chapters at 11 colleges and universities in the region:

  • Clemson University 
  • East Carolina University
  • Morgan State University 
  • North Carolina A & T State University 
  • North Carolina State University 
  • South Carolina State University
  • Tennessee Technological University 
  • University of Tennessee –Chattanooga 
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville 
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University

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