Keeping pace with IIE in the August 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer
Impressive inside and outside
Annual conference attendees draw raves in Montréal; Hard work was worth it
Even when stepping outside of the Palais des Congrés de Montréal, attendees at the 2014 IIE Annual Conference and Expo impressed onlookers.
Kazuo Takeda, who was co-chair of the Applied Solutions Conference and is a member of IIE's Industry Advisory Board, recalled how the IAB set up a restaurant social with the Young Professionals group. While 38 people sent RSVPs, about 120 showed up, shocking and scaring the restaurant staff.
"They told me that usually when this happens, there’s a lot of yelling, screaming and people who leave without paying," Takeda said. "But we’re IEs, so we looked at the situation from an IE viewpoint. And we were so kind and apologetic, even though people could have walked out because of the long waits for service because we completely overwhelmed the five servers they had on hand. They were taken aback by the hospitality that we provided."
That kind of hospitality and understanding was ubiquitous in Montréal as industrial engineers and IE types gathered for four days of more than 750 educational sessions, facility tours, networking events, pre-conference workshops and exhibits.
Haitao Liao, an associate professor in systems and industrial engineering at the University of Arizona, was impressed by how smoothly the operations went and how pleased the participants were with the Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) sessions – particularly with the volume of work necessary. At first, Liao said, the team was nervous because they didn’t have enough rooms set aside for the volume of presenters and attendees that descended on the event.
"We received 1,537 abstracts, a record high. We had 559 full papers," said Liao, one of the ISERC co-chairs. "Our track chairs put a lot of efforts on the review process."
The 2015 IIE Annual Conference and Expo is scheduled for May 30 - June 2 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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