IIE South Central Region eNewsletter
July 2013Newsletter Editor: Emilie Gerhart 

2013 University Conference Recap

The hard work contributed from students of the Student Chapter 877 from the University of Houston produced an excellent event last Spring for the annual South Central University Conference.
South Central Region Conference Committee
2013 South Central University Conference Committee


Upon registration, students were presented with a backpack filled with goodies, including IIE pin, conference T-shirt, bracelet, university and area information, and an action-packed agenda.

The morning of Friday, Feb. 8, attendees toured nearby Cameron, Cintas and HP plants. Lunch included a keynote address from Cintas representative Dr. Rick Gerlach. After concluding lunch activities, two sets of workshops were held by Paco Martinez from Technetics Group, Dr. Victoria Jordan from MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Barbara Roebuck and Eric Ayanegui from Cintas. Cameron then presented an info session before the Career Fair began. Representatives from Cintas, Cameron and Technetics among others spoke to Career Fair attendees. Breaking for the evening, conference attendees were welcome to explore the Houston nightlife.


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Dr. Kim Needy presents "IE for Life"   







Technical Paper Competition Winners

1st Place: Jordan Bever
2nd Place: Justin Ryan Whisenant
3rd Place:  Dale J. Le Bar 




 IEs and Pink (not the singer)


 By Lew Cox 

In the olden days (read: 25-50 years ago), it was common for people to enter the workforce, work for a specific company for their useful working lives, receive a gold watch, a hearty handshake, and a pension, and settle down for their Golden Years. OK, some of that (like the gold watch) didn't always happen, but in general the scenario was common. It isn't, anymore. Today's workers move around between jobs and industries a good deal more than their parents did. The movement may be to maximize their upward movement in the corporate hierarchy, it may be because they were given the opportunity to make a career adjustment (read: they were laid off), or in some cases the entire industry may have disappeared and/or moved offshore. Read the entire article

How to land your dream job: Resume, interview and networking tips for the millennials and beyond

By Emilie Gerhart

I hate to break this bad news to you, but the Internet and social networking have changed your job searching forever. After entering the word "job" in your search engine and retrieving over three billion results, it can feel like your search has ended.

Although technology has made it easier to find job openings, the challenge of obtaining your dream job still exists
. Read more


Quality in education: Notable IIE member accepts important ABET role


By Emilie Gerhart

Jamie Rogers
Jamie Rogers

Industrial Engineering continuously cultivates leaders. A notable IIE member deserving congratulations can be found holding the Faculty Advisor position for the University of Texas-Arlington Student Chapter. K.J. (Jamie) Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., accepted the president-elect position of the ABET board of directors for the 2013-2014 in March.

Evaluating and challenging applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs internationally, ABET bestows value to students, educators and the public alike after a rigorous review process. 


Rogers first began supporting ABET in 1991 by evaluating industrial engineering programs. Rogers has served on the ABET board as a representative director for IIE since 2008 and has been influential on various ABET councils and committees. In addition to her involvement with IIE for over 34 years and her role with the student chapter at University of Texas-Arlington, Rogers is professor and associate chair of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at the university.

It is clear that Rogers' extensive knowledge of industrial engineering and quality will allow her to offer valuable and respected contributions to the evaluation of academic programs worldwide.

IEs, robots, and lawyers

By Lew Cox

In 1942, I believe, Isaac Asimov introduced his Three Laws of Robotics.  In general, the Three Laws are stated as (reference any search engine or Wikipedia for some background): 

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. Read more

Safety first, then teamwork


By Emilie Gerhart

You've heard and probably repeated the quote from the zany action comedy "Pineapple Express," "Safety first, then teamwork." Although "Pineapple Express" has absolutely nothing to do with industrial engineering, the phrase rings true in every industry and risky situation.

All too often, taking safety precautions are seen as tedious and a waste of time. Being safe can be viewed as nerdy or ridiculous. Often safety is knowingly put on the back burner to save a few seconds or to maintain a fashionable appearance. Read more


Career Center Ad    

Student Chapters to receive 2013

  GOLD Award


Wichita State University


Texas State University - San Marcos


Kansas State



Univ. of Missouri- Columbia


Univ. of Texas at Arlington


University of Houston