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IIE elects new leadership to start in 2014

From staff reports

Don Greene, chief executive officer of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), has announced the election of the association’s new officers.

Three positions were filled on IIE’s 13-person board of trustees: president-elect, senior vice president, publications, and senior vice president, technical operations. One position was filled on the IIE technical operations board.

James E. Moore II will be president-elect and CFO. Moore is vice dean for academic programs for the Viterbi School of Engineering as well as a professor in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and a master's degree in urban and regional planning, a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and management science and a bachelors degree in urban and regional planning from Northwestern University. Moore has previously served on the IIE Board of Trustees as the senior vice president for continuing education from 2009 to 2012 as well as various positions with the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads.

Alice E. Smith was elected senior vice president, publications. She is the W. Allen and Martha Reed Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, a joint appointment with Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She has a Ph.D. from Missouri University of Science and Technology (University of Missouri-Rolla), an MBA from Saint Louis University and a B.S.C.E from Rice University. She was named an IIE Fellow in 2003 and served on the editorial board for IIE Transactions from 1996 to 2008.

Toni L. Doolen has been elected to senior vice president, technical operations. Doolen is dean of the University Honors College and a professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. She has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Oregon State University, a master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from Cornell University. Doolen has previously served as vice president of technical networking from 2009 to 2011 and past president of the Society for Engineering and Management Systems from 2006 to 2007.

Michael Testani will be vice president, technical operations. He is a business transformation and learning consultant with IBM Corp. in Endicott, N.Y. He has a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering and a master's degree in industrial engineering and system science from Binghamton University as well as a bachelor's degree in ceramics engineering from Alfred University. Testani currently volunteers on IIE's Manufacturing & Design Division Advisory Board and the Lean Division Board of Directors.

IIE professional members also elected regional vice presidents for three of the institute’s regions:

  • Saeed Zolfaghari, Ph.D., P.E., will serve as the regional vice president in Canada. He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto.
  • The new regional vice president for the Great Lakes region will be Bob Smyth, project manager with AMEND Consulting and a board member on the Industry Advisory Committee with the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University.
  • Kevin Taaffe, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University, will serve as the new Mid-Atlantic regional vice president.

The newly elected officers were elected by professional members of IIE and will serve for three years. They will begin their terms April 1.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of its members, customers and the profession.

For more information, contact IIE Chief Operating Officer Donna Calvert at (770) 349-1108 or dcalvert@iienet.org.

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