Mid-Atlantic Region

IIE's Mid-Atlantic Region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and West Virginia) has more than 1,200 active IIE 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 IIE members in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Attend the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference!

Dates: Feb. 26-28, 2016
Location: North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
Jumpstart your career! In addition to various competitions that allow the winners to present at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Anaheim, California, attendees can network with and listen to speakers from industries, take plant tours to learn about processes and potential employers, and start forming their own professional networks with other up-and-coming students.

Contact: Brooke Brown Lewis, Student Conference Co-chair
Andrea Ibeanusi, Student Conference Co-chair
Paul Stanfield, Faculty Conference Chair

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

Professional: National Capital and Raleigh
University: Virginia Tech and Clemson

Regional Vice President - Kevin M. Taaffe

Kevin M. TaaffeKevin M. Taaffe, Ph.D, an Associate Professor in the Department of 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 IIE, 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 IIE at Clemson including serving as vice president. As the assistant regional vice president for IIE Mid-Atlantic, Katie hopes to further open communication between student and professional chapters within the region.


Young Professional Chair

Jared Dunlap2 

Jared Dunlap is a senior analyst for the Operations Workforce Optimization (OWO) group at Accenture. He is aligned within Products–Retail North America. The group offers retail, distribution and manufacturing clients the tools, training and guidance necessary to improve workforce performance and eliminate waste. Jared has been staffed to numerous projects within retail and distribution environments. During these projects, he used lean principles to deliver process improvements, develop engineered labor standards, validate staffing models and implement 5S programs. Jared graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.S. in industrial & management systems engineering in May 2013. Jared is a current IIE Young Professionals (YP) co-chair for the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Secretary for the IIE Pittsburgh Professional Chapter.

Young Professional Chair

Theo Nehemias 

Theo Nehemias is a current member of the IIE National Capital Chapter and is also the IIE Young Professionals (YP) co-chair for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The YP group works to provide high value opportunities for IIE 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 IIE student chapter as fundraising coordinator, newsletter editor, chapter revitalization chair and, finally, student chapter president.

Student Development Chair

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Joe Wilck, Ph.D., is an engineering faculty member at East Carolina University (ECU). He has been an IIE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor at ECU and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has also served IIE as the vice president of student development and currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic assistant VPSD. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in industrial engineering and operations research and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech in industrial and systems engineering. Wilck is a registered professional engineer and his research has been sponsored by NSF, DOE, ORNL, NCDOT and industrial partners.

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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 IIE 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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