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     APRIL 2010     

IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2010
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President's message
What's a talented IE like you doing in the Process Industries?
Yes! Literally! Your division would like to know what you're doing? During the next quarter we plan to put together a survey. We'd like to know what you're doing, what tools you're using, and how much success you're enjoying doing what you do. We'd like to know what your road blocks are, and what training would be helpful to leverage your experience and talent. More from the president
Join us!  FREE Webinar on May 4
Title:  Kaizen Events as Lean Six Sigma Projects
Date:  Tuesday, May 4
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Peter L. King, Lean Dynamics LLC
Reserve your seat now. Space is limited.
Current events
  • The new slate of officers was installed during the April 2010 meeting:
          - President: Bennett Foster, DuPont
          - President-elect: Vincent Howell, Corning
          - Secretary/Treasurer: Bharat Kona, Barr Labs
          - Past President: Peter King, Lean Dynamics LLC
  • PID has a blog site. Bennett Foster and Pete King have been supplying the blogs thus far, but the space belongs to PID. If you have something that you'd like to blog about, send Bennett Foster a copy in Microsoft Word and he'll work with you to get it posted. PID blogs can be found here.
  • PID has completed six very successful PID webinars since the program was begun in May 2009, and there are four more slated for the remainder of 2010. The current schedule is listed in this newsletter. For past webinar broadcasts and chart sets
  • Student Paper Competition: PID is making plans to offer a student paper award. A "Call for Papers" should go out in the fall. If you are interested in serving on the committee for the paper competition, contact Luis Armendariz.
PID webinars   
PID hosted another successful webinar on March 11, "Safety in the Process Industries." For a recording of the webinar and charts

Additional webinars planed for 2010 include:

"Kaizen Events As Lean Six Sigma Projects" | May 4
"ISO in the Process Industries" | July 19
"5S in the Process Industries" | Sept. 20
"TPM in the Process Industries" | Nov. 19
If you have suggestions for future webinar topics, please contact Vincent Howell.
PID at the Annual Conference
PID has another strong track of presentations set for the 2010 annual IIE conference in Cancún, Mexico, in June
. Joe Paris has done a great job in lining up papers that will be helpful to process industry IEs. Our track starts at 8 a.m. Monday, June 7. Six presentations are planned. Our town meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 8.
If you plan to attend the conference, I encourage you to stop in for our Town Hall meeting as well as the presentations..This is an opportunity to meet other IIE members with similar challenges to those you face day-to-day. It's also an opportunity to be heard - to have an influence on PID activities and direction, to provide education and networking that will help YOU.
Monthly PID Advisory Board telephone meetings
The PID board holds a one-hour call each month, both to discuss administrative details (approximately 20 minutes) and to conduct a roundtable discussion on a topic of current interest to IEs (20 to 30 minutes). All PID members are welcome to participate.
If you'd like to be added to the distribution list for these calls, please contact Bennett Foster. Or just dial in using this information:
Day: Second Monday of each month (e.g., March 8)
Time: Noon EDT
Toll free call-in number: (866) 951-1151
Conference room number: 7215762
In This Issue
President's Message
FREE Webinar
Current Events
PID Webinars
PID at the Annual Conference
Monthly PID Advisory Board telephone meetings
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