Chapter Leader News

June 2014

Chapter Management Center
   "Au revoir" and "merci" to Montréal. Good times were had by all at 2014 Annual Conference & Expo! 

Jennifer Farris joins Regional Operations Board 

Congratulations to Jennifer Farris who joins the IIE Regional Operations Board as Vice-President of Student Development. As a past president of IIE's Society for Engineering Management Systems (SEMS), Jennifer brings a wealth of volunteer leadership with her to the position. IIE student members are fortunate to have Jennifer as the "voice" of student development. She will serve a three-year term and will hold a seat on the IIE Board of Trustees.

Thank you to Joe Wilck, outgoing VPSD!  IIE is blessed with many exceptional  volunteers; among them is outgoing Vice-President of Student Development, Joe Wilck. With dedication and devotion of much of his time during his term as VPSD, Joe assisted in the development of policy, procedures and strategic direction for the effective operation of IIE's student chapters in the U.S. and Canada.
Props to professional chapters earning SILVER and BRONZE Awards

IIE supports the hard work of professional chapters in building quality programs, membership growth and retention, participation in volunteer leadership development, student chapter support, and strategic planning. The Chapter Activity Report (CAR) is the basis for the Professional Chapter Recognition Program recognizing chapter improvements and progress.

Congratulations to the following professional chapters for earning SILVER or BRONZE Award for a beamingly good 2013 year:

SILVER:  Central Connecticut,Central Florida.Upstate South Carolina

Dallas-Forth Worth,Syracuse (NY),Chicago (IL),Memphis (TN), Rochester (NY),Raleigh,Long Island (NY), Reading (PA)






  • Student Chapter Recognition Awards will be announced in the next issue of Chapter Leader News. Award certificates will be mailed to award-winning chapters next week.
  • Next chapter dues rebates checks for professional and student chapters go out  in September 
  • Central Florida received the 2013 Most Improved Professional Chapter Award, and Raritan Valley (NJ) received the 2013 Phoenix Award
  • The Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT) session at the 2014 Annual Conference in Montréal was a huge success! Attendees enjoyed the IIE Jeapordy game and left the session with practical  tools to apply in their volunteer roles and also in their professional work.
  • August 1 is Chapter Development Fund request deadline                              
International activity
International Chapter #711, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Ecuador) presents "Best Practices" at 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in Montréal 
Chartered on September 17, 2012, ESPOL chapter in Ecuador received a 2013 GOLD chapter award and was invited to present at the "Best Practices" session of the Student Track at the 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in Montréal, Canada.
2013 Chapter President , Christian Silva, who attended the conference,said; "From the beginning, we knew our members were the secret of our success. Their talent is our most valuable asset. This is why for every activity we held, we created a team responsible for it. This way, we made sure everybody had an opportunity to engage with the chapter."
Professional chapters ATLANTA and COLUMBUS (OH) reenergize!

Atlanta: Under the encouragement of RVP, Christopher Geiger, and with the efforts of an outstanding team (Xingang Cheng, Crystal Davis, Jesus Sandoval and Scott Siegfried) led by Dr. Chen Zhou of Georgia Institute of Technology; the Atlanta chapter of IIE was officially reactivated on May 5, 2014!  The chapter held its first dinner meeting on May 14 with a hot and new topic of Lean Leadership. Excitement is in the air as IIE Atlanta Chapter is reborn to serve local members. 

Columbus (OH):
With the assistance of RVP, Bob Smyth, and w
ith pride and due diligence; Marie Minnich (Business Consultant, Nationwide Children's Hospital) and Dave Harry (CEO Process Whisperer Consultants and Lean Division Board Member) led the charge to breathe new life into the professional Columbus (OH) chapter. The chapter is officially reactivated and will host a four- month lunch series beginning in August focused on sharing IE experiences, PI breakthrough ideas and concepts, project success fail stories and change agent guidance as a chapter. 
IIE Young Professionals visible at 2014 Annual Conference & Expo

Sporting polo shirts imprinted with the YP logo, IIE Young Professionals were easy to spot at the 2014 Annual Conference in Montréal. Young Professional activities included: VOLT session, IIE Young Professional & IAB networking mixer, interview scenarios, mock interview speed rounds, IAB coaching and advising panel and the YP Town Hall. The Young Professionals booth was swamped with attendees talking with YP representatives and taking advantage of YP swag available for sale. 
Michael Foss (foreground right), Global director of logistics, export and import optimization with Cameron, and Kaz Takeda (background right), Disneyland resort manager of industrial engineering , help conference attendees with their job interview skills

Continue your involvement with IIE after graduation as an IIE Young Professional. Read about first-year graduate membership discount

Regional Vice Presidents


Kevin Taaffe


South Central
Kyle Grabill
North Central

International Council Chair
Bopaya Bidanda

Central/South America

Spotlight on Chapter Website


IIE is proud to recognize outstanding chapter or region websites that provide members with up-to-date information while offering an interesting visual experience.


This issue of
Chapter Leader News



as the outstanding website!

Chapters Chartered 

Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria 

Pending Charters

University de San Martín de Porres 

Continental University



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