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Student paper competition announcement: Papers due Feb. 26

Sponsored by ConAm Group

Attention students: We want your papers! The construction division is holding its student paper competition again this year to honor the best student work applying Industrial Engineering in the construction industry. Entries can come from undergraduate or graduate students, attending universities in the United States, and can reflect research, industry experience, or class projects related to industrial engineering in construction. The first place winner will present their paper at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2016 in Anaheim, California.

The first place winner receives complimentary conference registration and one complimentary ticket to the Honors & Awards Banquet. There is also a $2,100 cash award.

Please click here for more details. Submit all entries to Laura Ikuma by Feb. 26. We look forward to seeing your paper

President's message

Dear Division Members,

Isa NahmensMy passion for figuring out how to do things better drove my early desire to be an engineer, particularly an industrial engineer. I received my Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 2007 at the University of Central Florida prior to joining the industrial engineering program at Louisiana State University as a tenure-track assistant professor in August 2007. During my educational formation period I was introduced to the homebuilding field and its research opportunities. Since then, I have been exploring and introducing advanced homebuilding production technologies into industry and improving homes’ energy performance. At the same time I was introduced to the Construction Division in 2004, where my co-author and I wrote the award-winning student paper, "Quality of New Construction in Central Florida." in which we compared the performance of big and small builders. Years later, I find myself coordinating this same student paper competition and presenting this award to other promising students.

It is truly an honor to serve as your president for the 2015-2016 term. Continue advancing the Construction Division commitment to the industry and academia, as my predecessors Aloysius A. Attah and Lincoln H. Forbes who have built this division from the ground up. Today we have more than 1,600 members, who all share similar interest and work for the construction industry. The role of President for any organization comes with responsibilities aimed at developing the organization's goal and implementing the policies and procedures that allow that goal to be accomplished. The Construction Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers goal is to "advance the adoption of industrial engineering techniques in the construction industry through interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and partnership with related professional organizations, suppliers, and research organizations." As current president, I will do my best to move the division forward.


Isa Nahmens, Ph.D.


We would like to congratulate and welcome our new president elect for 2016, George P. Gardner.

George is currently the state construction partnering & risk management coordinator for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), where he has also served as the strategic planning manager. He has more than 25 years of experience in industry and public sectors, performing program/project management, strategic planning, performance management, business process analysis & improvements, contract administration, partnering, risk management, and policy analysis. He has held leadership positions in private industry, federal and state government, as well as professional societies. His education is in engineering and holds an M.S. in systems engineering from Virginia Tech. He is also a registered professional engineer, certified management consultant and certified Six Sigma quality black belt.

At the Institute of Industrial Engineers, George serves on various Committees, was vice president for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and president of the Richmond Chapter. He also services on the NCEES Industrial PE Committee. He has conducted numerous presentations at various regional and National conferences on the subjects of project management, partnering, strategic planning, and performance management.

Lincoln Forbes receives the Fellow Award

IIE President Jim Moore (left) with newly recognized IIE Fellow Lincoln Forbes at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015.Dr. Lincoln Forbes was recently recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) as a Fellow of the organization. The Fellow Award is the highest classification of membership and recognizes outstanding leaders who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to the field of industrial engineering.

Dr. Forbes is a registered P.E. and LEED Accredited Professional®, with more than 30 years of experience in various aspects of facilities design, construction, and maintenance, as well as quality and performance improvement. Before transitioning to his own firm, he served in several facilities-related departments and functions in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the U.S. These positions included in-house construction, design services, construction quality control, post occupancy evaluation, project warranty services and quality management.

Lincoln has contributed many years of service to IIE. He is the founder and past president of the Construction Division, which promotes IE participation in and performance improvement of the design and construction environment. Previous roles have included: president of the Miami Chapter, member of the Special Productivity Projects Committee, member of the task force on Women, Minorities and Disabled in Engineering, and director of the former Government Division.

Dr. Forbes is the lead author of Modern Construction: Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices (Forbes and Ahmed, CRC Press, 2010). The book is recognized internationally and includes success stories and narrative from IEs in the construction industry. He also authored a chapter titled “Industrial Engineering Applications in Construction” in the Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ed. A. Badiru, Taylor and Francis, USA (2013).

As an adjunct professor, he has taught in the construction departments of Florida International University, East Carolina University and Drexel University. His courses have included such topics as Lean and Integrated Project Delivery, Productivity in Construction, and Quality Management.

Lincoln is the principal consultant with Harding Associates Inc. in Miami, that provides quality and performance improvement solutions for organizations. His professional memberships include the Lean Construction Institute, (LCI), the International Group for Lean Construction, (IGLC), The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and The American Society For Quality (ASQ).  His qualifications include an MBA, an MSIE, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami. He obtained a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of the West Indies.

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Read this recent article by A. Mansourighasri, B. Zareiyan of the University of Southern California that shows how a model of a layered shear has been developed and compared to a casted wall with the same geometry, boundary and loading conditions.

Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine
The Construction Division invites members to submit articles on construction topics through our publications committee for publication in the monthly Industrial Engineer magazine. Please contact Bobby Smyth.

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About the Divsion

IIE's Construction Division brings together members who are involved in all facets of the construction industry, such as design, value engineering, project management, research, safety and ergonomics. With these combined resources, we hope to bring to the construction industry a rich supply of knowledge, innovation and experience that can have the kind of positive impact that IEs have long used to bring the manufacturing and service industries to superlative levels of performance. Review the Construction Division mission statement.

IIE Construction Division Board:  June 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016




  • Isa Nahmens, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. - Louisiana State University (President) 
  • George Gardner, P.E., State Partnering Coordinator - Virginia D.O.T. (President Elect & Membership Chair) 
  • Aloysius A. Attah, P.E., President - Macval Associates LLC, Dallas, Texas; Adjunct Prof.- University of North Texas (Immediate Past President) 


Directors 2015 


  • Lincoln Forbes, Ph.D., P.E., FIIE, President - Harding Associates; Adjunct Prof.- Florida International University (Applied Solutions Construction Sessions Chair) 
  • Ashish Nimbarte, Ph.D., Assistant Profressor - West Virginia University (ISERC Construction Sessions Chair) 
  • Paul Ray, PhD., FIIE, Professor - University of Alabama (ISERC Construction Sessions Co-Chair, and Cont. Education, Honors & Awards Chair) 
  • Laura Ikuma, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Louisiana State University (Student Paper Competition Chair)  
  • Behrokh Khoshnevis, Ph.D., FIIE, Professor - University of Southern California 


Leadership Team Support 


  • Harrison Zucker, (Newsletter Editor) 
  • Carl Kirpes, Vice President of Operations at GENESYS Systems Integrator (Social Media Coordinator) 
  • Yasir Abdelrazig, University of Texas at Arlington (Student Liaison) 


To get involved, contact Lincoln Forbes at (305) 995-4801.

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