President's message
Al Attah


Dear members,

Time has really flown by. I can't believe that the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014 scheduled to take place in Montréal, Canada, from May 31 - June 3 is just around the corner. The conference promises to be an exciting one as it will contain a wide array of presentations, seminars, exhibits, and meetings that are important to all industrial engineers who would like to keep current with developments in the field.

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Construction Research Track - ISERC 2014 

This year's Construction Research Track at the IIE ISERC 2014 Conference in Montréal, Canada, May 31 - June 3, features approximately 20 research presentations organized in 6 sessions. Sessions are focused around each of the following areas:

  • Construction Productivity and Methods (2 sessions) 
  • Construction Safety & Health (3 sessions) 
  • Information Technologies in Construction (1 session) 

A high quality set of abstracts and papers were submitted for this year's conference, and we hope you will all have an opportunity to attend the conference and Construction Research presentations in order to experience them all! 


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Construction Solutions Track 2014

The Solutions Track will be presented on Sunday, June 1 and Monday, June 2. Please note that the Town Hall meeting will be held as the last event of the day on Monday, June 2. The schedule shows all the presentations and times. Please attend as many sessions as possible, including the Student Paper presentation and the Town Hall Meeting! 


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From George Gardner:

Hello to all my fellow Construction Division members!

As many of you know, at this time of year, our Construction Division members are working diligently on the upcoming 2014 IIE Annual Conference being held in Canada. Thanks to the efforts of our own Al Atth and Lincoln Forbes (plus others on the board), it looks like we have a solid lineup of speakers for the event! The final list of speakers and their presentation materials will be available shortly. Even if you can't be a speaker, it is always a very fun and excellent learning event.  Read more  


Student Paper Competition

The results are in and the Construction Division would like to extend a big congratulations to the following student paper competition winners:

First place:

Laura Florez-Perez, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Decision Support System for Sustainable Labor Management in Masonry Construction"

Second place:

Carl Kirpes, Iowa State University, "Integrating Project Estimating and Cash Flow Analysis to Develop Companywide Resource Loading Projections"

Third place:

Simon Matar, Western Michigan University, "Evaluation of Potential Use of Waste Powder Paint (WPP) in Cement Grout and Mortar"

Ms. Florez-Perez will present her winning paper during the conference on Monday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. After the session, Ms. Florez will then be honored at the Honors and Awards Dessert Reception and at the Construction Division Town Hall Meeting.


A panel of four judges from industry and academia reviewed the papers and were impressed with the high quality of entries spanning topics from productivity management tools to materials development. The student paper competition is sponsored by the ConAM Group, a builder and developer of residential projects throughout the United States. The winner will receive a cash award and travel funds to attend the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Montreal, QC totaling $2,500.


Message from the Editor

I am honored and excited to launch my tenure as the Construction Division's newsletter editor and I look forward to soliciting informative and entertaining content from our entire user base.

PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas or potential submissions for next quarter's newsletter. Contact me at or the number below.

Have a safe, enjoyable Spring/Summer- I look forward to seeing you all in Montréal!

Sammy Geroulis

Newsletter Editor



 Social Media Upate

Be sure to join and interact with the LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter pages - before/during/after Montreal. They'll certainly help you stay connected to all the wonderful new people you meet!

Renee Ulstad
Social Media Liaison 


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 Sammy Geroulis


Special Edition - May 2014 
In This Issue
President's message
Construction Research Track - ISERC 2014
Construction Solutions Track 2014
Student Paper Competition
Message from the Editor
Social Media Byline
Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine



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Construction Division Board
Al Attah 

George Gardner
Membership Director


Isa Nahmens


Paul Ray
Education Chair

Samuel (Sammy) Geroulis 
Newsletter Editor

Renee Ulstad
Social Media Coordinator

Benjamin Freidenberg

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