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Sustainable Development Division Board of Directors

Eliseo vilalta   

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, president 

Education: Tecnologico de Monterrey, and University of Lincoln
Bachelor's of industrial and systems engineering
Master's of manufacturing systems
Ph.D. in business/management systems

Eliseo has professional experience both in the government and the private sectors. Currently he is Senior Lecturer in Operations and Logistics Management at the University of Lincoln and among his international societal activities he is a member of the Board of Directors, Sustainable Development Division, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE); and member of the Operational Research Society (UK); the Institute of Operations Research; the Management Science (INFORMS); the Global Logistics Research Initiative (GLORI), and the Colegio Nacional de Ingenieros Industriales de México.

IISE involvement: Sustainability ISERC track chair IISE national conference

Diana Berry c   

Diana Berry, immediate past president 

Diana Berry currently works for UPS Trade Management Services. She is an industrial engineer certified in sustainability by Thunderbird School of Global Management and also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She recently graduated with an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Diana served as a Sustainable Development Division President in 2014 and has been a board member since 2012. In addition to her role in the Sustainable Development Division, her involvement with IISE includes serving as a board director and founding member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Division as well as speaker, panelist, moderator and Sustainability Track Chair from 2012 to 2014. She is also an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Association of Women MBAs and American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Curtis Bush 


Curtis Bush, president-elect 

Education: Ambassador University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor's of liberal studies
Bachelor's of industrial engineering
Master's of industrial engineering

Curtis has over 14 years of professional experience in Operations and Supply Chain Optimization while at Grass Valley, an elite video broadcasting manufacturer. Currently he is Director of Supply Chain for Mercy Ships, an international non-profit organization based in Lindale, Texas that delivers hope and healing through a state-of-the-art hospital ship.

IISE Involvement: Curtis has been a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers since 1995, was the Applied Solutions Sustainability Track Co-Chair in 2012 and 2013, and a Sustainability Division Board Member since 2012.

Awards: Curtis was selected as a Knight of St Patrick, the highest honor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Kate Fisher   

Katherine Fisher, board member 

Education: The Ohio State University
Bachelor's: Industrial and systems engineering, 2012

Kate Fisher is an Industrial Engineering Consultant at West Monroe Partners doing process improvement work in retail and distribution center environments. At West Monroe she helps organize community service events and Women’s Committee activities, to increase the company’s involvement in sustainable practices. Kate is also a team member in West Monroe’s Sustainability Practice. Kate’s other interests include IE as it applies to government, healthcare, and making systems socially and environmentally sustainable.

IISE Involvement: Kate has been involved since the creation of the Sustainable Development Division, she has also been a conference presenter as well as initiated and planned the last 2 years of the volunteering event at the annual conference. Kate Previously did communications for the work systems division, and has been an IISE member since 2010 with involvement in the Ohio State University chapter and Columbus Chapter No. 1.

Claire Nelson   

Claire Nelson, board member 

Dr. Claire Nelson is chief ideation leader of Sagient Futures LLC, a consulting practice specializing in strategic foresight and sustainability engineering. and The Futures Forum, a research and education non-profit aimed at bringing diverse voices to the dialogue on the challenge of engineering solutions to sustainable development. Since establishing The Futures Forum, she has launched the Sustainable Caribbean Sea Futures Initiative, which is aimed at creating a multi-stakeholder decision support systems to enhance governance and management of the Caribbean Sea; as well as Development Futures 2030 Initiative in partnership with the World Future Society.

She is currently member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the World Futures Society, and a senior fellow of the Institute of Alternative Futures. She has been an adjunct professor of engineering economics at Morgan State University, and is a sought-after speaker, at events such as: CARICOM/Africa Union Conference in Barbados; World Bank African Diaspora Outreach Forum; ASME Board Meeting; Women in Research Engineering Symposium; Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference; Black Engineer of the Year Conference; National Society of Black Engineers Conference; Harvard University Black MBA Conference; Jamaica Stock Exchange Best Practice Awards; and Micro-Enterprise Conference, African Development Bank. She obtained a B.S. in IE from Buffalo and her doctorate in engineering management from GWU. She also earned her M.S. from Purdue University, as well as an Outstanding Alumni Award. In serving on the Board of the Sustainability Division, my work will focus on development of strategic partnerships.

Hulya Yazici   

Hulya Julie Yazici, board member 

Hulya Julie Yazici is currently an associate professor of information systems and operations management at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Lutgert College of Business. She holds a B.Sc. in mining engineering, and a M.Sc. and PhD in engineering management. Dr. Yazici has been a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) since 1991 and involved regularly with IISE conferences as speaker, panelist and session facilitator. Dr. Yazici is a president appointed member of the Environmental Sustainability Committee at Florida Gulf Coast University, a STAR Gold rating institution with LEED certified buildings. She is an active researcher in the area of corporate sustainability and project maturity in green businesses.

 Delaney Sexton   

Delaney Sexton, student board member 

Delaney Sexton is currently a senior at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. She is pursuing two Bachelors of Science degrees; one in Engineering Management and the other in Mechanical Engineering. She holds the vice president position of her student chapter of IISE. She is also the Lead Student Ambassador for the Engineering Management Department at Missouri S&T and also, works as a student assistant in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department on campus. Along with being an active member within her major, she is also active in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, is a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, and participates in Missouri S&T's Honor Academy program. Previous work experience includes Project Engineering Co-op at United States Gypsum Company and Operations Co-op at Anheuser-Busch.

 John Corliss   

John Corliss, past president 

John Corliss is a New Englander who went off to college at Georgia Tech and Purdue University. John ended up with a bachelor’s in urban systems engineering, a master’s in industrial engineering and a master’s in public policy and public administration. After five years working in the Secretary of Energy’s Policy Office in Washington D.C., he returned home to lead the redevelopment of the historic mill district in his home town. In his 30-plus-year career as a professional engineer, John has spent about half of his time as a public sector manager and the rest as a consultant to the public sector including work for UNICEF, the British Virgin Islands, and FEMA (post-Katrina recovery).

Currently, he is vice president of PEER Consultants P.C., an environmental, civil and sustainable development engineering consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in the eastern U.S. and South Africa. He has been a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers since 1978, and has served as Boston chapter president, Northeast regional vice president, Applied Solutions Sustainable Development Conference Track, Applied Solutions Conference chair and is the founder and initial president of the Sustainable Development Division.

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