Sustainable Development Division Board of Directors
Curtis Bush, President
Education: Ambassador University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor's degree, liberal studies
Bachelor's degree, industrial engineering
Master's degree, industrial engineering
Curtis has more than 14 years of professional experience in operations and supply chain optimization while at Grass Valley, an elite video broadcasting manufacturer. Currently he is the senior project developer for Mercy Ships, an international nonprofit 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, serving as the Applied Solutions Sustainability Track Co-Chair in 2012 and 2013, the Applied Solutions Sustainable Development Track Chair in 2015 and 2016, and he's been 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.
Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, Immediate past-president
Education: Tecnologico de Monterrey, and University of Lincoln
Bachelor's degree, industrial and systems engineering
Master's degree, manufacturing systems
Ph.D., business/management systems
Eliseo has professional experience both in the government and the private sectors. He is a 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
Gregory Weisenborn, President-elect
Dr. Weisenborn is an associate professor of operations management in the Department of Management at Fort Hays State University. His full-time consulting experience includes more than five years of client engagements involving service and manufacturing operations efficiency and effectiveness, business process mapping and other activities related to information-system implementation. Greg has been a member of the IISE since 1994, and a leadership-team member of the Sustainable Development Division of IISE since its founding. Dr. Weisenborn's research interests include synergy between lean and sustainability, allocation of scarce resources, productivity and ergonomics in patient handling and movement, organizational alignment and college-student learning styles.
Katherine Groot, board member 2014-2017
Education: The Ohio State University
Bachelor's degree, industrial and systems engineering, 2012
Kate Groot 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 two 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.
Hulya Julie Yazici, board member 2015-2018
Hulya Julie Yazici is currently an associate professor of information systems and operations management at the Florida Gulf Coast University, Lutgert College of Business. She holds a B.S. in mining engineering, and a M.S. and Ph.D. 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.
Tiffany (Tiff) Cremer, board member 2016-2019
Tiff Cremer is an industrial engineer seeking to create the intersection of industrial engineering and sustainability. She is currently a senior industrial engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in Baltimore, Maryland, where she develops manufacturing processes and helps drive data-informed decisions. Before coming to NGC, Tiff was an operations manager in Tucson, Arizona, for several years, always relying on her industrial engineering background to lead change management and process improvements while running a manufacturing organization. Tiff recently finished a term on the executive board for DC EcoWomen, where she enjoyed connecting local DC women with each other and sustainability opportunities. When not volunteering with IISE, you'll find Tiff out gardening, finding new ways to green her life, connecting with good people, high-fiving strangers, and always seeking out new adventures. Tiff has been a member of IIE/IISE since 2006, when she was elected president of the Bradley University student chapter. She was awarded a Central Illinois IIE scholarship in 2006 and second place for the National IIE James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence in 2008. She is currently the membership director of the IISE National Capital Chapter in Washington, D.C., and is thrilled to be a member of the Sustainable Development Division.
Jake Stevens, student board member 2016-2017
Jake Stevens is a student at Kettering University and Harvard Business School. Completing his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in statistics, he plans to complete his MBA in the near future. His full time work experience from 2013 has primarily been with Daimler where he worked in Emporia, Kansas, for Detroit Diesel and Portland, Oregon, for DTNA. He now works for OPS Solutions, a start up in Michigan specializing in implementing augmented reality into manufacturing and medical environments. Completed research to date spans the fields of propulsion, quality assurance and control, nano-manufacturing, ergonomics, renewable energy and artificial intelligence.
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