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| An Honor and a Privilege
After three years and 11 months, my term as Northeast Region Vice President will soon be over. This is the last time I will be sharing thoughts in this portion of the Regional eNewsletter.
I have had the privilege to be part of some big changes and I hope big improvements in the nature of the region. When I was elected, it was to be vice president for the obscurely named "Region 1." But changing the name to something people could relate to was just the start. The Regional Vice Presidents and IIE decided to change the very nature of the RVP position and the Regions transforming it from facilitating chapter leadership to also providing real services especially to at-large members. Everyone in the region with a registered e-mail address has been receiving this eNewsletter for the past few years. We have been sponsoring a series of webinars that can be joined live or downloaded and viewed at your leisure. There is a new regional Web page and a LinkedIn professional networking group. Professional participation at what was formally a strictly student regional conference has been increasing. We have offered Lean Sigma certification training locally. And we have created a support network across professional and student chapters to assist in energizing local programs as well.
Northeast Region Student Conference
Host: Pennsylvania State University
Dates: March 26-28
The 2010 IIE Northeast Regional Student Conference is less than a month away and the Pennsylvania State University chapter is looking forward to hosting an exciting and informative weekend.
Planned events include a formal breakfast, corporate speakers, campus tours, Beaver Stadium tours, a scavenger hunt, a networking cocktail hour, and a banquet. Major corporations such as Ingersoll Rand, HP, UPS, Hershey, and Rockwell Automation will be in attendance and are looking forward to speaking with the best and brightest students our region has to offer.
Registration is now open and runs through March 12.The deadline for the submission of papers to the Technical Paper Competition is also March 12.For more information and to register
, visit the conference Web page
.See you there!
Congratulations to the New NE Region Vice President: Kevin Drevik
Kevin Drevik has been active in industrial engineering since joining the society in 1999. He has served on the board of the chapter, including as president from 2002-2003. Currently, Kevin serves on the Northeast Region board as newsletter editor.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986, and served in the Tank Corps for five years in Germany and Iraq (Operation Desert Storm). In 1991, he left the service and began his career in warehousing and logistics. Since 1991, he has worked at multiple companies, including CVS, QVC, Office Depot and Dorman Inc. Along the way, he picked up his Master's Degree in Engineering Management from N.J. Institute of Technology. Currently, Kevin is the manager of the distribution planning department for LG-USA.
Kevin has assisted Bob Siebeneicher and his IE Career Quest© Workshop presentations to engineering students. In the fall of 2008, Kevin began assisting the University of Philadelphia as an adjunct professor, teaching undergraduate & graduate classes in facilities design and supply chain. These outreach projects have enabled him to learn about student questions in their initial jobs and career plans.
Networking with other professionals is often the best way to find out about new opportunities, gain important references and to learn from the experience of others. As a member of IIE living in the Northeast, you have a number of online networking opportunities:
Professional and student members of IIE
Joint Meeting with University of New Haven & New Haven Manufacturrs Assoc
6:30 p.m., March 22
6:30 p.m., March 24
Government Sponsored Green Programs Quality Inn
6:30 p.m., April 14
Tour of Long Island Railroad Maintenance Facility
Contact and RSVP: Tom Fiorella: (516) 214-5588
South Jersey-Delaware Valley
Joint meeting with AXQ and SJMCA
6:30 p.m., April 21 Quality Inn
Assistant Regional Vice President for Student Development
Young PracticingProfessional Rep and Deputy Assistant RVP for Student Development