Construction Division News   
President's message


Lincoln Forbes
Lincoln Forbes

Dear members,


This month we are sending you a special request to submit an abstract for the IIE annual conference scheduled for Puerto Rico in May 2013. We need your immediate support to finalize an exciting roster of presentations for the Solutions Track of the conference. Matt Horvat, co-chair of the program, provides details of the call for abstracts below.


More from the President 




Call For papers - Construction - Applied Solutions Track at Annual Conference 

The Institute of Industrial Engineers' (IIE) Annual Conference will be held on May 18-22, 2013, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Construction Division participates in the conference in two sets of activities: 

  • The Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (Construction Research presentations) in which research from academia or industry scholars is presented - Abstract submission closed.
  • The Applied Solutions Track in which industry applications of proven solutions are presented - Abstract submission deadline is Nov. 24.

Special note: We would like to let you know that travel to Puerto Rico is the same as traveling anywhere in the United States! There are no special travel requirements. For members living in the United States, please note that travel to Puerto Rico is just like traveling to another state! 


Click here for subject areas, important dates and submission information


Notes from Newsletter Editor - Bobby Smyth

Highlighting research of Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, USC


Hi everyone,


When approached recently by Dr. Behrokh "Berok" Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California (USC) about his construction technology efforts to aid Lunar and Martian missions, I was floored. In my time involved in the paper competitions and newsletters for the IIE construction division, we've discussed integration of rough-cut lean tools into project management, and introducing people to the "soft skills" that save us money. But, Dr. Khoshnevis's work deserves a much deeper dive into the cutting edge benefits of integrating an industrial engineering mindset into the world of construction materials and beyond!


He has extensive literature and incredible pictures which we would like to display in our next newsletter; however, please consider reading this introductory description as a "teaser" to get us all excited about what's to come.


Thanks so much,




Membership chair's message

By George P. Gardner, state partnering coordinator, Virginia Department of Transportation


Hello all Fellow Construction Division Members! 

Wow!  Time is really flying by!  It's seems like we just finished up with our last annual conference and here we are working on our next one. As you may already know, the next annual conference is being held in Puerto Rico! What a great venue! The Division is gearing up for it, and our President- elect Matt Horvat and President Lincoln Forbes are working hard to contact as many potential presenters as possible. 

Please let us know if you have any interest or know of others you may want to present this year. We are always looking for new innovations in making our construction processes more efficient and effective. Also, if you would like to submit an article for our newsletter, please contact us. We all learn so much from our fellow IE's that can enhance our own jobs.

As always, please let me if know you are interested in serving the Division.





2013 Student Best Paper Competition


Thanks to the CONAM Group of Companies, we are pleased to announce the Student Paper Competition 2013. The CONAM Group of Companies is a builder and developer of residential projects throughout the United States, and is sponsoring a student competition for papers and projects demonstrating or describing the use of industrial engineering tools in a construction environment.


More information about the competition


Join the IIE Construction Division on LinkedIn! 

The IIE Construction Division brings together members who are involved in all facets of the construction industry, such as lean practices, design, value engineering, project management, research,  safety and ergonomics. With these combined resources, we hope to bring to the construction industry a rich supply of knowledge, innovation and experience that can have the kind of positive impacts that IEs have long used to bring the manufacturing and service industries to superlative levels of performance.

We want you to join us! Click here
 to join our group!

Our Social Media Coordinator is:

Renee E. Ulstad

WiE Connect Student Assistant,

Industrial Systems Engineering,

The Ohio State University




Any messages posted through the IIE social network, or that of its chapters, regions, societies and divisions, should not include any advertisement or promotions that are: 

  • Direct competition to IIE products, services, events
  • Not relevant to our community (Example: Real Estate offers)
  • Anything our community might find objectionable

 Thank You!



Student liaison's message  


"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." - J. D. Rockefeller


Truer words could not be spoken. In a time where business is constantly affected by new technologies, influences from social media, and the discovery of new best practices, a new age of thinking and innovation is demanded to get the job done. And who better suited for this evolution then the outstanding minds within Industrial Engineering and IIE!


As Industrial Engineers, we have the skill set to work in any job, reform any field, and improve any industry. All we have to do is follow our passions and a career will follow. IIE is just one vehicle for getting you the places you want to go and to your passions. The construction industry is one of the many low hanging fruits ripe for the improvements and enhancements that you as an IE can contribute. From Construction Division standpoint, if you seek a career in an up and coming industry, thirsty for innovation and change, we may have what you're looking for. Regardless of what you passion may be, I want all IE students to strive for it. If I can help you in any way, or if you have any questions about the Construction Division, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Thank you for your support!



Ben Freidenberg 

Student Liaison, IIE Construction Division

VP Brand Management, The Ohio State University Chapter


Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine 


The Construction Division invites members to submit articles on construction topics through our publications committee for publication in the monthly Industrial Engineer magazine. We would like to see IE-related articles about construction included in the Industrial Engineer magazine on a regular basis, and we are starting by determining which members are interested, and the topics that they would like to write about. At this point, we would just like to see a brief outline of the topic(s) that you wish to write about. Following that we plan to provide you with the detailed publication requirements, such as the format and length to be observed for each article. By working together, we can organize our articles in a sequence that will be most interesting and informative for our readers. Please contact Lincoln Forbes.


November 2012 
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In This Issue
President's message
Call for papers: Applied Solutions Track
Notes from newsletter editor
Membership chair's message
2013 Student Best Paper Competition
Join us on LinkedIn
Student liaison's message
Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine
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Construction Division Committees

Please consider joining one of the following committees and helping the division through your expertise.

Continuing education

Industry liaison
Discussion board/Website support
To get involved, contact
Construction Division Board

Lincoln Forbes

George Gardner
Membership Director 


Matt Horvat, P.E.


Paul Ray
Education Chair

Al Attah
Program Chair

Bobby Smyth 
Newsletter Editor

Renee Ulstad
Social Media Coordinator

Benjamin Freidenberg

Student Liaison
ISERC Co-chairs 
Laura Ikuma 
Brian Kleiner
Isabelina Nahmens
Lincoln Forbes 

Solutions Co-chairs
Matthew Horvat
George Gardner
Isabelina Nahmens
Lincoln Forbes

International Correspondents
Farook Azam - India
Brent Robertson - Canada
Sammy Wan - Hong Kong
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