IIE South Central Region eNewsletter
January 2013Newsletter Editor: Emilie Gerhart 
South Central Regional 2013 University Conference
Hosted by the University of Houston Chapter 877- Houston, Texas  

By Emilie Gerhart

I know it's not polite to pry, but are you registered to attend the South Central 2013 Regional University Conference hosted by the University of Houston Chapter 877 in Houston,Texas on Feb. 8-9? Whether you answer yes or no to this question, you will find some useful information in this article regarding the conference.  

The University of Houston Chapter 877 formed a committee to tackle the intensive planning and responsibilities associated with organizing the conference. This committee is made up of 15 IIE members, and consists of chapter officers and members alike. The committee has done an outstanding job of networking with the community and has already obtained the following sponsors: Cintas, Cameron, FMC Technologies, University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Caterpillar Inc., and Technetics Group.

The theme for the South Central 2013 Regional University Conference is "One Degree; One Thousand Fields."


The Chapter Chronicles 

What are some of your fellow South Central Region chapters up to? Location cities? Missions? Goals? Objectives? Activities? Accomplishments? Plans for the future?
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No. 803 University of Arkansas


No. 825 Kansas State

No. 836 University of Missouri


No. 860 Oklahoma State University


No. 861 University of Oklahoma

No. 878 University of Texas at Arlington

Engineers, industrial engineers and nocebos

By Lew Cox


Engineers, in general, have been both toasted and reviled over time. Engineers have received credit for innumerable breakthroughs in space and aerospace, in manufacturing, in medical instruments, etc., almost ad infinitum. Engineers have also had blame heaped upon them, fairly or unfairly, for many of the ills of mankind. When I was in graduate school in the 1960s, engineers in general were scorned as those who were responsible for just about everything that was wrong with civilization. Those were the days of draft card burnings, marches on various governmental agencies, deliberate destruction of data banks and computer centers, and a host of other forms and recipients of protests. I will leave any arguments about the protests' accomplishments for more learned minds than mine.

The fact is that engineers have always been, and will always be, needed to make discoveries and solve problems of all types in all industries and all organizations. Their formal education, coupled with their innate drive to investigate and attack problems and challenges, make them the go-to people for such activities.

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