Message from the Region Vice President

Dear South Central Region members,

Let me start by saying "thank you" for the opportunity to serve you as your region vice president (RVP). We have an outstanding region which is the result of those who have come before me and the outstanding leadership that exists at the professional and student chapter levels. Our society is primarily made up of volunteers who are committed to giving back to the profession. For this, I would like to say "thank you" to the volunteers throughout our region whether those who are serving in positions of leadership or those who are volunteering on a case by case basis.

As industrial engineers in industry and academia, it is imperative that we have a strong professional society that is an advocate on our behalf and is focused on advancing the profession. At a regional level, IIE focuses on supporting and building the student and professional chapters as well as providing a network for the members-at-large (those members that do not reside within the boundaries of a professional chapter). This can be seen as mobilizing our society at a grass roots level. This includes promoting industrial engineering within our communities, investing in our students, and providing a network for our professionals to continue to develop and grow. These are areas that resonate with me, and I hope that they resonate with you too!

This is more than what can be accomplished by a few individuals. The good news is our region is made up of six professional chapters, 16 student chapters, and more than 400 members-at-large which span five states (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas). This means that we are a part of a much larger organization of highly skilled and creative industrial engineers.

I invite you to join me in pursuing these areas to help promote and grow our profession. First, I encourage you to stay involved or become more involved in your professional or student chapter if there is one in proximity. Second, I am looking for a couple of members to join me on the region’s leadership team. Let me know if you are interested and would like more details. Third, I would like to hear ideas from you on tangible ways that we can target these areas of focus.

I recognize that there are other very meaningful ways for promoting and giving back to our profession that are not tied to the local or regional activities. The goal is not to be the only means, but rather, a means for which you can contribute to our profession.

I hope you will join me in this pursuit!

Best Regards,

Kyle Grabill
IIE South Central RVP

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