IIE ushers in new leadership for 2012

From staff reports

The IIE membership has voted on its 2012 officers, and the results are in.

The new IIE president-elect is Kim LaScola Needy. Needy is the department head and 21st Century Professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Needy has said that she will “continue the positive trajectory of IIE and uphold its vision.” She added that she will “work toward breaking through the boundaries that divide us to ensure that IIE is not only relevant, but necessary to industrial engineers at all stages of their career and in all specializations within the discipline.”

There were three other IIE board of trustees positions filled covering academics, regional operations and continuing education. Janet M. Twomey is the new senior vice president-at-large, academic. Twomey is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. Michael Foss is now senior vice president, regional operations. He is vice president of logistics at Weir Oil & Gas in Ft. Worth, Texas. And John W. Fowler will serve as senior vice president, continuing education. Fowler is the Motorola Professor and Chair of Supply Chain Management and professor of industrial engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

IIE members also voted for the vice president of the technical operations board as well as two regional offices.

Eileen Van Aken, professor and associate department head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, is the new vice president of the technical operations board.

Daniel Thury, an engineer with Andersen Corp. in Bayport, Minn., was elected to serve as regional vice president of the North Central Region.

And Kyle Grabill, manager of engineering services at Garmin in Olathe, Kan., is the new regional vice president of the South Central Region.

All IIE officers were elected by the members of the organization to serve for three years.

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