IIE South Central Region eNewsletter 

     June 2011                                                                                    Newsletter Editor:  Lew Cox

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IIE Annual Conference honors and award recap

By Jay Christensen, RVP South Central Region  


I
 just wanted to take a moment to recognize all the excellent

work being done by the members of our region, both professional and student. I had the pleasure of attending the Honors and Awards banquet at the Annual Conference last month, where our region was well represented again. Please join me in congratulating these winners and honorees! 

  • IIE Fellow - Kim LaScola Needy, University of Arkansas
     
  • David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award - Russell Meller, University of Arkansas
  • Undergraduate Tech Paper Competition, 3rd Place - Kaycee Wilson, University of Oklahoma
  • Lean Division Best Practice Award, 2nd Place - Joseph Ogabi, Vought Aircraft
  • Regional Outstanding Faculty Advisor - Baski Balasundaram, Oklahoma State University  

IIE Transactions Awards
Operations Engineering and Analysis Best Application Paper - Kumar Muthuraman, University of Texas (with Santanu Chakraborty and Mark Lawley, Purdue University)
Scheduling and Logistics Best Paper - Xingchu Liu and Sila Cetinkaya, Texas A&M University

IERC Best Track Papers Awards
Homeland Security - Jingjing Tong and Heather Nachtmann, University of Arkansas
Modeling and Simulation - Eunshin Byon and Yu Ding, Texas A&M University

Society and Division Awards
CIS Division Student Paper - Akkarapol Sangasoongsong, Oklahoma State University

Scholarships and Fellowships
Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship - Haley Helweg, Texas A&M University (1 of 3 recipients)
E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship - Hector Vergara, University of Arkansas
Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship - Foad Mahdavi Pajouh, Oklahoma State University (1 of 2 recipients)
Harold & Inge Marcus Scholarship - Kelsey Barnes, Texas A&M University (1 of 3 recipients)

IIE Excellence Awards - Professional Chapters
Gold Chapters - Kansas City (1 of 5 to achieve)
Silver Chapters - Wichita and Dallas-Fort Worth (2 of 5 to achieve)

 

 

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Award winner highlighted - Kaycee Wilson

By Lew Cox


(Another Winner to be highlighted in next issue )

As you know, a high point in the year's events for Student Chapters is the Student Technical Paper Competition. South Central IIE members know the paper taking first place at the Region 5 Student Conference in Stillwater hosted by Oklahoma State University in February was "Balancing the Flow of a Multi-Pallet Process," by Tobi Olusola and Kaycee Wilson from the University of Oklahoma.


Those who were unable to attend the Reno Annual Conference may not know that Kaycee Wilson's presentation of their paper also took third place in the IIE national competition. Kaycee is working at Halliburton this summer, but will be back at the University of Oklahoma in the fall to finish her M.S. degree. Upon completion of her M.S., she will decide where to pursue a Ph.D., as one of the select few Industrial Engineers to be awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship this year. 
 
The above facts beg two comments:
 
(1) Kudos and congratulations go to Kaycee, both on the paper presentation award and the NSF Graduate Fellowship, and (2) IE Ph.D.-awarding institutions should perhaps be doing some pointed student recruiting of OU IE students. 

Most excellent, Kaycee, most excellent!

 

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IE jobs and majors, a great disconnect, and dancing in the rain

By Lew Cox 

 

CNN Money on April 8, 2011, reported on a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The list of the top ten top-paying degrees for the class of 2011 was pretty closely packed. All 10 were in engineering, engineering technology, or information technology-related fields. More specifically, six were engineering majors, one was engineering technology, and three were computer system-related. Prominent among these top 10 was the major, "industrial engineering." Overall job offers for engineering majors averaged approximately 20 percent higher than the average salary across all majors, according to the CNN article. 


Another article from the Youngstown Business Journal  on April 14 reported on the Spring 2011 Job Expo held at Youngstown State University. The Journal noted, "While employment opportunities were up across the board, 'the event was a particularly target-rich environment for engineering majors...'"


Read the entire article
 
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Probability and the forest and the trees syndrome

By Lew Cox

 

As an industrial engineer, you have had more than a casual introduction to probability theory. Probability is a powerful tool in allowing IEs to make calculations that help to glean information that can be used in making intelligent decisions.  Knowledge of, and a healthy interest in, the theories and formulas of probability is a good characteristic of industrial engineers, not only on the job but also in decisions of daily life. In most industrial engineering jobs, probabilities rear their head, since they are an integral part of quality issues, design, inventory, and indeed, of every other part of an IE's job.  Full article 


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Keep your IE Swagger stick polished 

By Lew Cox

 

The use of the term "Swagger Stick" has fallen into disuse, if not disrepute. Basically, a swagger stick is some kind of a decorative or useful stick that is shorter than a cane and in past days was usually carried by a uniformed person as a symbol of authority and/or an implement to mete out punishment. Afficionados of old television shows will remember the swagger stick and monocle that were affectations of Colonel Klink of "Hogan's Heroes." In general, over time from the Roman army to present day, a swagger stick is a short stick, perhaps decorated on the head, that is carried as a symbol of rank. The definition of the term is sometimes broadened to refer to whatever it is about a person that defines him or her as someone in charge, or of high rank.


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IN THIS ISSUE:
IIE Annual Conference honors and award recap
Award Winner Highlighted- Kaycee Wilson
IE jobs and majors, a great disconnect, and dancing in the rain
Probability and the forest and the trees syndrome
Keep your IE Swagger stick polished

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