Young Professionals mission statement

IIE's Young Professionals Group was established to identify the needs of members who are college graduates ages 35 and younger. Our mission is to strengthen the connection between young professionals and IIE to develop opportunities that would be of interest to young professionals such as career networking, professional development and job opportunities.

Current Objectives

  • Identify and provide high value opportunities for young professionals
  • Strengthen IIE YP participation with local student chapters, student regional conferences and professional chapters
  • Create leadership roles for young professionals in IIE 


Alex BohnAlex Bohn
Transformation Engineer with CareLogistics in Alpharetta, Ga.
Kettering University, 2009

What IIE has done for me and what keeps me involved: IIE has provided me with a window into the entire world of Industrial Engineering & allowed me to learn about the advances of IE across the full spectrum of industries & academia. In addition, IIE has allowed me to build an incredible network of professionals, students & professors who I am able to collaborate with to continue to develop myself professionally. What keeps me involved are the opportunities to strengthen this network and challenge myself as a leader while increasing visibility to the benefits of Industrial Engineering in all fields.

Fun fact: I love snowboarding and have hit the slopes in three countries on two continents. One of my life goals is to go snowboarding on every continent in the world. 

 Past President

Patrick FoxworthyPatrick Foxworthy
Multi-discipline systems engineer, The MITRE Corp., Washington, D.C.
Kettering University, 2008

What IIE has done for me and what keeps me involved: I became involved with IIE for the networking and leadership opportunities I saw within the organization at a collegiate level. Networking and leadership still keep me involved today and as I have grown within the organization I’ve found other opportunities including: jobs, great conferences, speaking engagements, continuing education and friendships. Most of all I stay involved because it’s both an opportunity to grow and learn, as well as give back to a great community of people who share my passion for our very diverse discipline.  


David RossiDavid Rossi
Global Supply Manager
Apple Inc., Cupertino, Calif. 

What IIE has done for me and what keeps me involved: “IIE has opened the door for me to learn more about what IEs do in the real world. IIE has been a great avenue for me to meet IEs from all over the world, both professionals and students. There are many things that keep me involved with IIE. The first thing is the people. At the student level, I was fortunate enough to interact and meet many people in IIE’s senior leadership. It was a great college experience. In addition, I believe IIE has amazing potential for growth. As far as I am concerned, every IE should be a member of IIE. Lastly, I absolutely love the annual conferences. It is the one time a year where IEs from all over the world have the opportunity to come together in one location. You learn so much and network like there is no tomorrow… and they are so much fun!” 

Fun fact: I love to travel. As a student, I was able to study abroad twice! The first time was in Costa Rica, the second time was in Puerto Rico. I love the Caribbean. It has the best weather in the world! Currently, I have been to four continents and plan on eventually visiting them all. 


Emily ForckeEmily Forcke
Universal Health Services Inc.
Management Engineer
Exton, Pa.

Fun fact: Being born and raised in Florida, I consider 70 degrees to be chilly which makes things difficult now that I’m living in Pennsylvania where they have snow!


Yataiva HarrisYataiva Harris
 M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2013
 MBA, University of Michigan Flint, 2007
 B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Kettering University, 2005 

 What IIE has done for me and what keeps me involved:  IIE has provided me with a central location for information, training,
and access to a community of colleagues that I would otherwise have no knowledge of. I remain involved in IIE because I want to stay
informed and give back to an organization that has given so much to me. The recognition of the industrial engineering field is still growing
worldwide and I would like to do my part in promoting IIE and the career field to organizations and the upcoming generation.   

Fun Fact: I am a motorcycle rider and my love lies with the Suzuki Hayabusa 


Kalli HulseKalli Hulse
Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP), GE Aviation
North Carolina State University, 2011

What IIE has done for me and what keeps me involved: IIE has helped me establish a diverse network of professionals from the many different fields and career paths of industrial engineering. IIE also offers incredible opportunities for leadership and continuing education through conferences, speakers and social media. It’s the combination of these opportunities that keeps me engaged with IIE, and excited to learn about the advancements in the field of industrial engineering.

Fun fact: I have lived in six states in the past 3 years.


120x123 Shannon SmithShannon Smith
Organizational Improvement Consultant
Grant Thornton LLP
Alexandria, Va.

What IIE has done for me and what keeps me involved: IIE has opened doors for me from friendships and mentorships to leadership roles and job opportunities. This organization does a great job in providing a professional network within the vast field of industrial engineering. It also provides endless opportunities for students in industrial engineering. As a student, I was given the opportunity to attend annual conferences in Cancún and Reno, meet unforgettable people, gain a passion for my discipline, and share that passion with younger students. As a young professional in the organization, I continue to explore what IIE has to offer. 

Fun Fact: I got my first job out of college through connections in IIE.

© 2015 Institute of Industrial Engineers. All rights reserved.