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Manufacturing & Design Division

Why Manufacturing and Design?

In the built environments we live in, most everything we see is manufactured and assembled before being installed in place for a specific use. Obviously these products are first designed and then manufactured at the best possible location. What is increasingly apparent is also the bi-directional impact design and manufacturing have on each other: sophistication in design, in general, complicates manufacturing, but it also presents new frontiers and opportunities for products that were impossible, impractical or economically infeasible only a few years ago. Due to this very strong connection between manufacturing and design, a view of manufacturing that traditionally only focuses on making a product needs to be broader, and include design, in a more holistic, lean and integrated engineering context.

In the near future, we will have a position paper in Industrial Engineer magazine describing our view of this integrated scope. Industrial Engineer magazine is available only to IIE members. If you are not a member, join IIE for access articles by our community members as well as additional member-only benefits.

What is the Manufacturing & Design Division?

Global cost competition, although not new, continues to keep existing manufacturing and design activities under increasing pressure. The Manufacturing & Design Division has the purpose to provide a common platform for the discussion, education, and dissemination of contemporary issues in the field of manufacturing. With this purpose in mind, the division will: 1) encourage the development and dissemination of technical knowledge, 2) provide a forum for technical networking, 3) Serve as the voice of the technical field, and 4) support IIE’s mission in providing values to members and promoting the discipline. View the division bylaws.

Meet your officers!

 John Jackman   Jingyan Dong    Rohan Shirwaiker   Lourdes A. Medina 
John Jackman Jingyan Dong Rohan Shirwaiker Lourdes A. Medina
President Past President President-elect Secretary


   Resized Guha  Resized Doran   Christopher Greene  Iris Rivero 
Guha Manogharan Dusan Sormaz Christopher Greene Iris Rivero
External Relations Media Director Advisory Board Advisory Board

We would like to recognize 2015 Award Recipients:

Current events 

  • M&D webinars can be a great way to disseminate research results. If you are interested in delivering a webinar, please contact John Jackman.
  • M&D Membership is in a growth mode.
  • If you would like to be on our email list, please contact Guha Manogharan.

Monthly M&D Advisory Board telephone meetings

The M&D board holds a monthly one-hour conference, both to discuss administrative details (approximately 20 minutes) and to conduct a roundtable discussion on a topic of current interest to IEs (20-30 minutes). All M&D members are welcome to participate.

If you'd like to be added to the distribution list for these calls, please contact gpmanogharan@ysu.edu.

M&D Personnel News

If you have an award, publication, promotion, etc., share the news with your colleagues in M&D. E-mail to Dusan Sormaz, and it will be shared on the Web page and in the newsletter.

Recorded webinars