Keeping pace with IIE in the December 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer
A less taxing ballot
Annual election aim to fill several posts
Now that another bitter campaign for the U.S. presidency is over, what we need is … another round of elections?
For this round of electioneering, three posts are open on IIE’s 13-person board of trustees, along with a vice president of technical operations for IIE’s technical operations board.
The board positions up for grabs are president-elect; senior vice president, industry; and senior vice president, international. Six people are taking a shot at those top jobs, while two are vying to join IIE’s technical operations board. All terms are three years. The president-elect transitions into the job of president during the second year and serves as immediate past president during the third year.
Professional IIE members will be emailed an election-specific password, known as an e-signature, Dec. 10, along with instructions for casting an electronic ballot. IIE must have members’ current email addresses for this process. To make sure IIE has your correct email address, go to www.iienet.org, select "Manage your Membership" under the Membership tab and click on "Update your member record."
The electronic ballot includes biographical information for all candidates, along with the lineup of regional vice president nominees for the Western, Northeast, Southeast, Central and South America, Asia and Mexico regions.
Members who want to vote with a paper ballot must request that IIE mail or fax them a ballot. Contact IIE Member and Customer Support by phone at (770) 449-0460; by fax at (770) 441-3295; or by mail at IIE, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092.
Web polls open Dec. 10. The deadline for submitting votes is midnight Eastern time, Jan. 25, 2013.
NOMINEES WERE ASKED THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: If you are elected, how will you make things better for industrial engineers through your position?
Candidates for President-elect
Arturo "Art" Muniz
Senior staff manager, industrial engineering
Sandy Springs, Ga.
I have worked closely these past four years with IIE as a member of the Council on Industrial Engineering, and I am the council’s current chair-elect. IIE has a strong strategic plan focusing on enhancing the image of the industrial engineering profession, expanding our international relationships, strengthening industry participation, bolstering academic involvement, and expanding the institute’s network of volunteers. As president-elect, it would be my commitment to support the strategic plan, working with the other board members and the staff at IIE so as to execute the plan we have committed to the members.
Dennis L. Oates
Vice president, postal operations and engineering
New Berlin, Wis.
As president-elect, it would be my objective to enhance the value proposition that IIE provides to industry, academia and other constituents. I would be guided by IIE’s foundation for success focusing on serving both the profession and the growing IE community, broadening the reach of IIE, refining the institute’s business model, and expanding both the presence and visibility of IE and the institute. I will offer my leadership to move toward the IIE vision of being the premier organization that advances, promotes and unites the industrial and systems engineering profession worldwide.
Candidates for Senior Vice President at Large, Industry
Enterprise manager manufacturing engineering
Deere & Co.
We can make things better for industrial engineers if we grow the IIE value proposition by addressing the evolving needs of students, academia, industry and government. My career has been in a globally competitive and rapidly changing business where IEs have played an important role for decades. Current business challenges give us a unique opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of the profession. Systemic thinking, rigorous analysis and optimization of global business processes never have been more important. I understand how industrial engineers can contribute to these challenges from an engineering perspective and a leadership role, and I look forward to making this happen.
Joan M. Wagner
Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
The senior vice president at large, industry is charged with representing and advocating for increasing member value to industry professionals within the institute. IIE is adapting to meeting changing needs with the creation of the Industry Advisory Board and the Young Professionals. I will continue to work with these groups to develop resources, leadership opportunities, educational options and conference content that will further engage our current professional members and continue to attract new members.
Candidates for Senior Vice President, International
Ernest E. Roth Professor and chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
My major objective will be to help transform IIE into a truly global professional society as follows:
- I will seek input from the different stakeholders of IIE.
- I will help IIE reach out to industrial engineers in countries where no industrial engineering professional society is available by establishing affiliate networks.
- I will establish links with existing industrial engineering-based professional societies in five to 10 countries and explore the concept of affiliate member status.
- I am committed to developing an annual international IIE conference (in addition to the IIE Annual Conference) in a different continent each year.
James J. Solberg Head and Professor, School of Industrial Engineering
West Lafayette, Ind.
Most challenges facing society today have a global dimension. Collaboration among industrial engineers around the world is essential for solutions that have worldwide relevance. While growing IIE membership across Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia presents a timely opportunity, an even bigger opportunity exists in creating a network of societies across the globe. This network could facilitate interactions between IEs worldwide while preserving regional foci and interests. I will work with the board of trustees to develop a plan to grow international membership in IIE, identify potential partner organizations around the world, and develop a plan for a sustainable, synergistic global industrial engineering network.
Candidates for Vice President – Technical Operations Board
Gwendolyn Malone Campbell
Principal systems engineer, modeling and simulation
DRS Technologies Imaging and Targeting Systems
IIE benefited my educational development when I was in school. Then I finished my Ph.D. and joined industry. As time went by, I felt that I was falling behind recent advances in the discipline. That’s when I began my involvement with some of IIE’s societies and divisions, which contributed to my growth and success as a practitioner. I have met many people whose involvement waned after graduation who later sought increased learning and networking opportunities, unaware of all that the societies and divisions had to offer. I am excited about the possibility to serve the societies and divisions and help them provide even more value to all of their members.
Trade management services
I served as board director on two of IIE’s newest divisions: Sustainable Development and Logistics and Supply Chain. This experience allowed me to help shape the future of our organization and helped me see the challenges and opportunities from the division level. IIE also has provided me opportunities for involvement as a track conference chair and committee conference planner. I enjoy learning about our members’ needs and finding ways to improve their overall experience. I look forward to the opportunity to serve IIE in this new role, work closely with our societies and divisions and IIE staff and improve our members’ experiences.