South Central Region

Message from Region Vice President

Kyle Grabill 

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. More from Kyle 

The Chapter Chronicles

What are some of your fellow South Central Region chapters up to? Location cities? Missions? Goals? Objectives? Activities? Accomplishments? Plans for the future?

Click on the chapter you want to read about or read them all!

Professional Chapters 

Chapter No. 56: Greater Wichita 

Student Chapters 

Chapter No. 860: Oklahoma State University

Chapter No. 861: University of Oklahoma

Chapter No. 875: Texas A&M University

Chapter No. 753: Texas State University

Chapter No. 876: Texas Tech University

Chapter No. 877: University of Houston

New articles
Attention to variation and innovation
By Emilie Gerhar

Standardization is the key to repeatability and reproducibility. It provides invaluable guidance to employees and provides smooth results. However, over-standardization can create an environment that is not conducive to advancements and change. Clinging to the status quo doesn’t leave many opportunities for creativity. There is a fine line between controlling variation and preventing innovation. Read the entire article 

How to make money with the money belt
Some of the major benefits of practicing Six Sigma are cost savings and cycle time reduction. Industries are sold on the Six Sigma methodology because it is proven to improve processes often resulting in an improved bottom line. But what about the times when a process improvement doesn't yield visible financial results?

All too often, the business case and sustainability are not revisited long after project closure and the savings are never fully realized. Additionally, it can be somewhat impossible to identify savings unless all other variables stay the same which never occurs on this planet. Full article 

Common Process Improvement Failure Modes
By Emilie Gerhart

What if there was a manual regarding what not to do in a process improvement project? How much do you remember about the Stress-Strain curve? It turns out that a process improvement project can resemble a metal spring and its associated Stress-Strain curve during its lifecycle. An article from The Wall Street Journal by Satya S. Chakravorty details a five-year research mission investigating the answer behind why process improvement programs fail. The article also elaborates on lessons learned. Read the full article and view graph 


Chapter Management



South Central Region

Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas 

This region includes six professional chapters:

  • Central Arkansas
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth
  • Greater Kansas City
  • Houston
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • Wichita, Kan.

There are IIE student chapters at 16 colleges and universities in the region:

  • Kansas State University 
  • Lamar University 
  • Oklahoma State University 
  • St. Mary's University
  • Texas A&M University 
  • Texas A&M University- Commerce
  • Texas State University - San Marcos 
  • Texas Tech University 
  • University of Arkansas 
  • University of Houston
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Oklahoma 
  • University of Texas at Arlington 
  • University of Texas El Paso
  • Wichita State University

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