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Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for the various sections of the annual conference.


Read an interview with William Cook, Ph.D.


Sunday, June 1

William Cook, Ph.D.
Professor in Combinatorics and Optimization
University of Waterloo

William Cook is a professor in combinatorics and optimization at the University of Waterloo. He moved to Waterloo in 2013 after holding the Chandler Family Chair at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering for 11 years. Cook received his Ph.D. from Waterloo in 1983 and spent two years as an Alexander von Humboldt Research fellow at the University of Bonn. He was elected a SIAM (Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics) fellow in 2009, an INFORMS fellow in 2010, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2011, and an American Mathematics Society fellow in 2012.

Together with David Applegate, Robert Bixby and Vasek Chvatal, he was awarded the 2007 Lanchester Prize by INFORMS for the book The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Computational Study. Cook has delivered numerous invited and plenary lectures, including an invited lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998, the I.E. Block Community Lecture at the SIAM Annual Meeting in 2003 and the SIAM Invited Lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in 2011. He is a former editor-in-chief of Mathematical Programming (Series A and Series B), and he is the founding editor and current editor-in-chief of the journal Mathematical Programming Computation. Cook is also the current chairman of the Mathematical Optimization Society and a past chairman of the INFORMS Computing Society.

Mica R. Endsley

Read an interview with Mica R. Endsley

Monday, June 2

Mica R. Endsley, Ph.D.
Chief scientist, U.S. Air Force

Mica R. Endsley is the chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. She serves as the chief scientific adviser to the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force and provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. Prior to assuming this position, Endsley served as president and CEO of SA Technologies, a small business specializing in situation awareness research, design and training for advanced systems in aviation, air traffic control, military command and control, cyber, power and healthcare. 

Endsley previously served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in industrial and systems engineering. 

She is widely recognized for her pioneering work on situation awareness in individuals and teams and creating effective human-automation integration across a wide variety of systems. She has edited or co-authored three books, including Designing for Situation Awareness. 

Kevin Bartelson

Read an interview with Kevin Bartelson

Tuesday, June 3

Kevin Bartelson
General manager, Boeing Canada Operations
Boeing Fabrication
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Kevin Bartelson is general manager for Boeing Canada Operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is responsible for leading Canada's largest aerospace composite manufacturer – the country's third largest aerospace facility.

Bartelson formerly served as director of manufacturing and quality for Boeing Canada, and prior to that he was president and chief executive officer of Aviation Fleet Solutions, an aerospace company responsible for development and certification of performance modifications for MD-80 aircraft.

Bartelson started his career with The Boeing Company in 1979, working in the tool engineering department. He also worked on the B2 Program, managed several technology projects, led the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Lean Office, and ran various business units in Everett and Renton, Wash., before he took on a leadership role at a Boeing joint venture known as Aviation Partners Boeing. This joint venture designs, certifies, builds and markets winglets for Boeing aircraft.

Bartelson received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. He is also a graduate of the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing program, receiving master’s degrees in business and engineering science.

As service to the community, Bartelson has mentored startup businesses in the Seattle area and currently is president of the Manitoba Aerospace Association. 


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