IIE Northeast Region eNewsletter

      September  2011                                                                                        Northeast Region Website

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Region Leadership Team

Kevin Drevik
Region Vice President

Northern Assistant Regional Vice President

Nicole Heiges
Assistant Regional Vice President for Student Development
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Message from Region Vice President 
Kevin Drevik

Endings - and Beginnings


September is here, the time when many professional chapters reignite their programs and students return to their studies. Fall weather begins to arrive (especially up here in the Northeast), and people get back down to business.


In terms of business, I see article after article in the news and on the web, detailing the sad state of business in the United States. GDP(gross domestic product) growth and job growth both appear enemic, and companies seem to have chosen to 'keep their heads down and powder dry' for the next 12-15 months. While this is a sad state of affairs (filled with many sad stories), I have to disagree with many of the 'doom' conclusions currently being passed around.


Many of our members are old enough to remember the late 70s, with their double-digit unemployment, double-digit inflation, 18% interest rates for homes, and gas lines. Before that was the late 60s slow down, the mid-to-late 50s slow down, etc. The United States has had these issues before (and will have them again).


At the same time, businesses in the United States are sitting on trillions of dollars of capital, waiting to spend it once the economy shifts. On the IIE website, there continue to be incredible numbers of job openings for Industrial Engineers all over the country (see links on this newsletter to check your area). Companies know that IEs are all about improving the process, reducing costs, and optimizing the operation. They want their money spent wisely, and IEs do that.


In addition, some students & graduates in the United States are beginning to see that going into $40,000+ debt for a degree  

doesn't necessarily make sense. It only works if you can get a job out of college that can pay off that debt in 10 years or less. With the average starting salary of IEs at $50,000+, an Industrial Engineering degree does make sense.


I am filled with both concern for the country and pride in our profession. In the next few years, we are going to be called on to dramatically improve the productivity of our country's businesses. We've done it before; we're doing it now,;and I have no doubt that we'll do it going forward.


Kevin Drevik

IIE Northeast Region VP

(856) 630-2485



Webinars online

One of the latest features offered by IIE is the library of webinars, available to members to review. Simply log onto the IIE website, go to the "training" tab, and scroll down to "webinars." Or you can click here.


Upcoming webinars of interest

Five Steps that Lead to Effective Performance Management

Thursday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Bernard Marr, leading global authority and best-selling author on organizational performance
Summary: This webinar will explore the five steps that are essential for effective performance management and highlights the key traps to avoid. The webinar will cover the important themes of scorecard and dashboard design, measuring performance and designing key performance indicators, analyzing performance, reporting performance and reviewing performance to drive improvements.
More information and registration 


The webinars page holds more than 80 webinars to date on such topics as careers, health systems, lean, Six Sigma and process improvement. Just click and go! It's an especially useful tool for IIE professionals outside the boundaries of the 10 professional chapters. It's also useful for students seeking further guidance on careers and potential duties in IIE.


Take advantage of the efforts of IEs, as we all try to improve ourselves, our companies, and the world in general.


Jobs, jobs, jobs!
I noted in the last several month's newsletter that the IIE website has an extensive job board, which is updated daily with IE specific positions throughout the Northeast. These positions range from entry level to CEO, and are located in just about every state(from Delaware to New Hampshire, Maine to Pennsylvania).

As of Aug. 25, these states had the following number of open positions sent to IIE:

Delaware - 4
New Jersey - 16
New York - 30
Pennsylvania - 24
Massachusetts - 23
Connecticut -22
Rhode Island - 4
Maine - 5
Vermont - 4
New Hampshire -4

The website also had roughly five times that many job postings that it aggregated from other search engines.

Take advantage of this opportunity, or let your peers know. Also make sure you stay in touch with your local chapter, as they may have additional postings. IIE Career Center
 IIE Six Sigma Online On-Demand Training

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:
Boston Chapter members and student members going to school within the Boston Chapter Service Area

Institute of Industrial Engineers Northeast Region
Professional members who live or student members going to school within the Northeast Region

Institute of Industrial Engineers
Professional and student members of IIE

Professional and student members of IIE



September 2011


Rochester Chapter

Date: Sept. 29

Annual steak roast to kick off next program year

POC: John Kaemmerlen


Central CT Chapter

Date: TBD
PEZ Tour
POC: Brian Nathanson


South Jersey-Delaware Valley

Date: Sept 13

Sustainability and Networking event

POC: Kevin Drevik


Lancaster, PA Chapter
Date: Sept. 14
Joint APICS event POC: Kaitlin Vaughn


Reading, PA Chapter

Date: Sept. 15

Dinner Meeting
POC: Thomas Flock


October 2011


Central CT Chapter
Date: TBD
Sikorsky Event

POC: Brian Nathanson

Reading, PA Chapter

Date: Oct. 11
Joint meeting with other engineering societies (APICS, NAPM, ASQ, and IMA)

POC: Thomas Flock


Lancaster, PA Chapter
Date: Oct. 13
IIE Happy Hour & Networking Event
POC: Kaitlin Vaughn


Pittsburgh Chapter

Date: Oct. 15
Annual Student Night

POC: Michael Caproni


South Jersey Delaware Valley Chapter
Date: Oct. 19(tentative)
Annual Philadelphia University Student Night
POC: Kevin Drevik