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President's message
A number of us enjoyed the 2010 annual conference in Cancún.  But if you couldn't go, you were in good company. Every year only a fraction of the IIE membership shows up for the conference - and there aren't many of us who don't miss the conference some of the time because of budget limitations, alternate training opportunities and demands on our time - both personal and professional. I think IEs, even more than most professionals, are pulled in a large variety of directions because of all the things we have our hands in. Still, consider "building a case" for the conference next year.  The telephone and webinar interactions we share for professional activities are useful, but I really value the opportunity to "put a face with the name and voice" as I was privileged to do in Cancún.

In the meantime, take advantage of the webinars and meetings the division has going on every month. We hope at some point to get video conferencing using the webcams that are becoming common on laptops. But I still learn a lot from just plain PowerPoint and voice. There's a lot of talent in the PID community - and a lot that I can learn from them. Maybe you'll find that true as well.

Have a great summer!
J. Bennett Foster 
Current events  
  • PID has completed seven very successful PID webinars since the program began in May 2009 and there are three more slated for the remainder of 2010. Webinar broadcasts 
  • 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 Louis Armendariz. If your company would be interested in sponsoring part or all of the competition award, also contact Luis!
PID webinars   
PID hosted another successful webinar on May 4: "Kaizen Events as Lean Six Sigma Projects," by Peter King. Recordings of recent webinars 
Additional webinars planed for 2010 include: 
OEE: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | July 16
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
Process Industry track at the annual conference
Joe Paris chaired a strong track of Process Industries talks at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Cancún. 
Presentations included: 
Do Process Plants Have Bottlenecks? How to Recognize them
(Peter King) 
OEE: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Dirk Van Goubergen)
SPC Study of a Brewing Process (Edgardo Escalante-Vazquez)
Sprint Team Driven Process Improvements (Harry Shah)
Simulation Applications in the Process Industries(Bennett Foster)  
When Information Becomes Noise(Joseph F. Paris Jr.) 

PID town hall meeting at the annual conference
A total of 11 people attended the PID town hall meeting at the conference. (This was record attendance, at least within recent years!)
Attendees spanned industry, Academia, and consulting:
Saed Madjidi, CMTC
Pete King, Lean Dynamics
Kazuhid Motegi, DNP
Joe Paris, Xonitek
Dirk Van Goubergen, Ghent University
Luis Armendariz, Baxter
Tim McGlothlin, N.C. State University
Richard Hulse, Xonitek
Elad Shalit, Syngenta
Martin Stein, CCI
Bennett Foster, DuPont
Discussion topics included: 
  • New by-laws 
  • Topics and speakers for 2011 PID webinars  
  • PID blog
  • How to join PID 
  • How PID can help your career - and how you can help PID
PID personnel news
Deb Laudenslager was honored as an IIE Fellow at the annual conference. As well as being a PID member, Deb serves as IIE Technical VP for divisions which include PID.
Peter King has joined the Drexel University Engineering Management Program as adjunct faculty. Peter was also recently certified by APICS as CSCP.
Vincent Howell was honored with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Award of Merit, at the June 7 SME conference in Nashville.
If you have an award, publication, or promotion, then share the news with your colleagues in PID. E-mail Bennett Foster
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 Eastern time
Toll free call-in number: (866) 951-1151
Conference room number: 7215762
Special One Time Only Offer 
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Principles of Occupational Ergonomics Course
Aug. 3-5, 2010 - Norcross, GA 
Regular Price $1195 members/ $1395 non-members
One Time Only Price $395 members / $1000 non-members
(IIE Membership - $159) 
This three-day workshop introduces you to basic ergonomic principles and addresses topics such as: musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other ergonomic-related problems, identifying and prioritizing ergonomic stressors, determining root causes, analysis techniques, developing appropriate control measures, and design criteria. This workshop prepares you to conduct both industrial and office assessments for the control of ergonomic stressors that could potentially lead to the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The course mixes lecture and "hands-on" laboratory sessions to allow you to apply techniques that will facilitate the development feasible, effective and justifiable solution.
We would like to fill this class. So the price is incredibly low for the first time ever. Don't miss this opportunity. 
For registration information  
For more information, contact IIE Director of Continuing Education and Program Development Larry Aft, P.E., (770) 349-1130.
In This Issue
President's message
Current events
PID webinars
Process Industry Track at the annual conference
PID Town Hall meeting at the annual conference
PID personnel news
Monthly PID Advisory Board telephone meetings
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