IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014
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Keynote Speakers 

Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for the various sections of the annual conference.

George L. Nemhauser

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Sunday, June 1

George L. Nemhauser
A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Institute Professor
Georgia Tech

George Nemhauser is an institute professor and the A. Russell Chandler Chaired Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received a Ph.D. in operations research from Northwestern University in 1961 and joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University where he remained until 1969. In 1970, he joined Cornell University as a professor in the department of operations research and industrial engineering and served as school director from 1977 to 1983. He has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and the University of Louvain in Belgium. Nemhauser has served the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) as council member, president, and editor of Operations Research, and he is past chair of the Mathematical Programming Society. He was the founding editor of Operations Research Letters and co-editor of Handbooks of Operations Research and Management Science.

Nemhauser has served various governmental agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Research Council (NRC). He was a member of the NRC’s Board of Mathematical Sciences. His honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the Kimball Medal, the Lanchester Prize (twice awarded), Morse lecturer of ORSA, fellow of INFORMS and SIAM, Khachiyan Prize in optimization and von Neumann Theory Prize of INFORMS.

His current research interests are in applications involving large-scale mixed-integer programming problems and robust optimization. He is actively working on several problems including maritime inventory routing for Exxon-Mobil and AGV routing for Samsung. He is a partner in the Sports Scheduling Group, which schedules various college leagues and Major League Baseball.

Mica R. Endsley

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Monday, June 2

Mica R. Endsley
Chief scientist, U.S. Air Force 

Mica R. Endsley is the chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. She serves as the chief scientific adviser to the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force and provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. Prior to assuming this position, Endsley served as president and CEO of SA Technologies, a small business specializing in situation awareness research, design and training for advanced systems in aviation, air traffic control, military command and control, cyber, power and healthcare. 

Endsley previously served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in industrial and systems engineering. 

She is widely recognized for her pioneering work on situation awareness in individuals and teams and creating effective human-automation integration across a wide variety of systems. She has edited or co-authored three books, including Designing for Situation Awareness. 

Kevin Bartelson

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Tuesday, June 3

Kevin Bartelson
General manager, Boeing Canada Operations
Boeing Fabrication
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Kevin Bartelson is general manager for Boeing Canada Operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is responsible for leading Canada's largest aerospace composite manufacturer – the country's third largest aerospace facility.

Bartelson formerly served as director of manufacturing and quality for Boeing Canada, and prior to that he was president and chief executive officer of Aviation Fleet Solutions, an aerospace company responsible for development and certification of performance modifications for MD-80 aircraft.

Bartelson started his career with The Boeing Company in 1979, working in the tool engineering department. He also worked on the B2 Program, managed several technology projects, led the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Lean Office, and ran various business units in Everett and Renton, Wash., before he took on a leadership role at a Boeing joint venture known as Aviation Partners Boeing. This joint venture designs, certifies, builds and markets winglets for Boeing aircraft.

Bartelson received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. He is also a graduate of the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing program, receiving master’s degrees in business and engineering science.

As service to the community, Bartelson has mentored startup businesses in the Seattle area and currently is president of the Manitoba Aerospace Association.