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Sustainable Development Division Board of Directors

 Diana Berry   

Diana Berry, president 

Diana Berry currently works for UPS in the trade management services and sustainability areas. An industrial engineer certified in sustainability by Thunderbird School of Global Management, she is also a lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Colombia. Diana is currently the Sustainable Development Division president-elect for 2014 and has been a division board member since 2012. In addition to her role in the Sustainable Development Division, her involvement with IIE includes serving as board director and founding member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Division as well as speaker, panelist, moderator and Sustainability Track Chair in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Diana is currently pursuing her MBA through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Toastmasters International and the American Society for Quality.

 Eliseo vilalta 

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, president-elect 

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo was born in Tenerife, Canary Islands. He spent 30 years in México and is currently based in Lincoln, England. He holds degrees in industrial and systems engineering and manufacturing systems from Tecnológico de Monterrey and has a Ph.D. in business and management systems from the University of Lincoln. His research interests involve the exploration of potential contributions that different devices and organizational structures (e.g. IS/IT, systems theory) can offer to improve individual and collective human action – mainly in the areas of supply chain and community operational research.

Since 2011, Eliseo is member of the University of Lincoln, England, as senior lecturer in operations and logistics management. Previous academic experience was in Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he occupied diverse positions in different campus including part-time lecturer at the Mexico City campus and head of the industrial and systems engineering department at the Guadalajara campus. Eliseo has been a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers since 2008 in which he is a founding member and current board member of the Sustainability Division as well as co-chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference Sustainability Track in 2011 and 2013.


John Corliss 

John Corliss, immediate 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 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.

 Kate Fisher 

Katherine Fisher, board member 

Katherine Fisher, an Ohio State graduate with an Honors B.S. in Industrial Engineering is an Industrial Engineering Consultant at West Monroe Partners doing process improvement work in retail and distribution center environments.  She is also interested in IE as it applies to government, health care, and making systems socially and environmentally sustainable. 

Curtis Bush 

Curtis Bush, board member 

Curtis grew up in the Midwestern U.S., then spent 14 years in Northern California before calling East Texas home. He holds degrees in liberal studies from Ambassador University and industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was selected as a Knight of St. Patrick, the highest honor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

He has more than 14 years of professional experience in operations and supply chain optimization while at Grass Valley, an elite video broadcasting manufacturer. He is currently the 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. He has been a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers since 1995 in which he served as the Applied Solutions Sustainability Track co-chair in 2012 and 2013 as well as a Sustainability Division board member since 2012.

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 a 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 industrial engineering from Buffalo and her doctorate in engineering management from GWU. She also earned her M.S. as well as an Outstanding Alumni Award from Purdue University. In serving on the Board of the Sustainability Division, my work will focus on development of strategic partnerships.

 Tianxing Cai 

Tianxing Cai, student board member  

Tianxing Cai is a reseracher in the Dan. F Smith Department of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University. Tianxing specialized in the research fields of modeling, simulation and optimization for  the industrial operation, process safety and environment protection. His major research is the development of optimization models(Linear Programming, Quadratic Constraint Programming, Nonlinear Programming, Mixed Integer Programming, Relaxed Mixed Integer Programming, Mixed Integer Quadratic Constraint Programming, Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming, Relaxed Mixed Integer Quadratic Constraint Programming) to realize the synthesis of energy and water systems, manufacturing planning and scheduling and plant wide optimization. Besides that, he also involves the software application of Aspen, HYSYS, ProII, MATLAB and gPROMS to conduct simulation and optimization for the process design, environment impact reduction and safety assessment.



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