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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  

Education: Tecnologico de Monterrey, and University of Lincoln
Bachelor's: Industrial and systems engineering
Master's: Manufacturing systems
Ph.D.: 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 Engineers (IIE); 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.

IIE involvement: Sustainability ISERC track chair IIE national conference

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  

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.

IIE Involvement: Kate has been Involved since the creation of the Sustainable Development Division, she has also been a conference presenter, and 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 IIE Member since 2010 with involvement in the Ohio State University chapter and Columbus Chapter No. 1.

Curtis Bush 

Curtis Bush, board member 

Education: Ambassador University
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor's: Liberal studies
Bachelor's: Industrial engineering
Master's: Industrial engineering

Career: 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.

IIE Involvement: Curtis has been a member of the Institute of Industrial 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.

Cropped Greg Weisenborg 

Greg Weisenborn, board member 

Education: University of South Florida
Ph.D.: Industrial engineering

Greg Weisenborn is the Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing at Fort Hays State University. His teaching interests include a variety of Operations Management topics including Supply Chain Management and Lean Systems. Prior to working at FHSU, Greg was a faculty member at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater FL, and a research associate at the Veterans Administration VISN8 Patient Safety Center, studying safe patient handling and nursing ergonomics. Previously, Dr. Weisenborn worked as a manufacturing and supply chain consultant, where typical projects focused on business process reengineering, ERP systems implementations, and manufacturing systems improvement. His research and consulting interests include business operations and manufacturing process reengineering, sustainability, scarce inventory allocation, and student learning styles. Dr. Weisenborn earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida where his academic focus was engineering management. Greg has been involved with the Sustainable Development Division of IIE since May, 2011." 

Tianxing Cai 

Tianxing Cai, student board member 

Education: Shanghai University and Lamar University
Bachelor's: Chemistry
Master's: Chemical engineering
Ph.D.: Chemical engineering

Tianxing Cai is currently a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering Department at Lamar University. His research is focused on the areas of conceptual design, simulation and optimization of industrial operation to reduce the environment impact in the surrounding area in order to support government and industrial decision making. Among his international societal activities, he is student board member of Sustainable Development Division, Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE) and Newsletter Editor of Young Professional Division, American Institute of Chemical Engineering.

IIE involvement: Student Board Member of IIE Sustainability Division

 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.

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