April 2014                                                                                                                                      Volume 2

In addition to IIE are you involved in either Engineers Without Borders or the Association for the
Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education?  We would like to reach out to these organizations 
and see how industrial engineers can become part of the process.  If so please contact John Corliss


President' message

 Welcome to 2014!
During one of our monthly leadership conference calls, our Student Board Member, Nelson Granda, said that at a meeting of his student chapter he discussed the Sustainable Development Division. At that meeting he was asked by fellow students "What does industrial engineering have to do with sustainability?" My response is that industrial engineers were all about sustainability before that word came into fashion. IE's are trained to think systemically and develop solutions that balance science, economics and the social requirements. More from John

 Division Membership 

The sustainability division's membership has been steadily growing since our inception in 2012, and we are proud to announce that we have reached 2,000 members spanning from academia to industry. 




Innovation spotlight


Today, more than 1.5 billion people - about 21 percent of the world's population - have no reliable access to main electricity. In several countries, the grid is failing to keep pace with population growth, which means the number of people without reliable electricity will continue to grow. These people rely instead on biomass fuels - predominantly kerosene - for light. Hazardous and polluting, there is a real need to replace kerosene with a safer light that eliminates the many negative impacts of kerosene usage.

The Deciwatt Company has come up with an innovative way to produce safe, reliable, sustainable light with their creation of the Gravity Light. The Gravity Light is a small unit designed to hang from a low ceiling. Read the full article

The division welcomes a new President-elect, Board Member, and Student Board Member
Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo
Kate Fisher
Board Member
Tianxing Cai
Student Board


Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award Winner 2014 -  Dr. Gregory Unruh 


The Sustainable Development Division is honored to recognize Dr. Gregory Unruh, Endowed Professor of Doing Good Values at George Mason University. Dr. Unruh is an outstanding professor and individual, and will receive the first "Excellence in Teaching Sustainability" award for 2014 at the annual IIE Conference in Montreal. The award recognizes an educator who has done outstanding work in the field of sustainability. This award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor, APL Logistics.

more about Dr. Unruh

The award will be presented to Dr. Unruh at this year's National conference.


Read more about the award


2014 Annual Conference and Expo, May 31-June 3

Montreal, CANADA


ISERC Sessions You will not want to miss the sustainability division's contribution to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) portion of the 2014 IIE Annual Conference. ISERC is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial engineering and systems engineering fields. Come learn about emerging strategies in sustainability practices. Abstracts will be presented focusing on the research of sustainable practices in all facets.

Applied Solutions  Plan to attend the Applied Solutions sessions for the 2014 IIE Annual Conference! The purpose of the applied solutions track is to present proven solutions from applying industrial and systems engineering principles within industry, healthcare or service sectors. Some of the topics that will be focused on in sustainability include sustainable business and innovation, economic sustainability, governance, lean and green, etc. We look forward to your participation and contribution to the sustainability track this year! 


Sustainability Service Project 2014


We are very proud to announce our 2014 Sustainability service project for the upcoming IIE National conference. We will be using our IE skills to support Le Coffre aux trésors, a thrift store run by Le Chainon, a local women's shelter founded in Montreal in 1932. The income from items sold in the store is the main source of funding for the Le Chainon women's shelter.

Within the store they are having troubles with intake and prioritization of inventory, so we will be volunteering our time to help them sort their materials as well as improve their overall process approach for future benefit.

Click here for more details on this event

Click here to sign up for this event or email Kate Fisher

Click here to learn more about Le Chainon women's shelter or Le Coffre Aux Trésors thrift store

Volunteers are
welcome for various
division activities.
Please contact John Corliss to express
your interest.

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