Lamar University IIE Chapter 872
By Emilie Gerhart
From plant tours, to volunteer work, to training, the student IIE chapter at Lamar University has got it covered. Chapter 872 has done extraordinary work to provide a balanced and diverse experience for participating members.The Fall semester included a plant tour of a neighboring heat exchanger manufacturing facility called MetalForms. Additionally, the attendees were able to meet with the on-site engineering team made up of members with industrial engineering and mechanical engineering backgrounds alike.
The only experience more valuable than volunteering is one that is combined with learning. Both the IIE and INFORMS organizations donated their time at the South Texas Food Bank. The students reclaimed items which retail stores considered defective. Members also discovered some key knowledge about how the small distribution center is able to supply its customers the goods that are desperately needed.
With aid from the Lamar University Industrial Engineering Department, the chapter sent seven students and one faculty member to the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston, Texas. Automation Fair is an annual event centered on improving process success by simulating the actual environment. The exhibition provides access to experience industry tools and opportunities that will support and develop any process and the bottom line. In addition to the cutting edge business solutions, the attendees also learned more about Rockwell’s Arena Simulation Software meanwhile directly connecting with business professionals.
Chapter members took advantage of National IIE resources by hosting a three day Lean Green Belt Certification for the third year in a row. A Lean Master Black Belt from National IIE headed up the training and provided a comprehensive look into 5S, muda, kaizen and more. A total of 24 attendees were certified.
In the Spring, Chapter 872 sent eight students to Arkansas to represent Lamar University at the South Central Regional University Conference. These students attended with the anticipation of networking with prospective future employers, key contacts, and students in the region while experiencing the abundant prospective possibilities available to industrial engineering professionals. Members organized a fundraiser to benefit the students. Sausage links were sold by chapter members, and helped the chapter spread the word about IIE while improving the chapter’s financials.
Volunteers from this chapter sought out to improve the quality of life of middle school level students. Students participated in an event known as Discover Engineering. This event seeks to promote engineering to young students, while motivating and exciting the children to become attracted to the engineering profession.
Additionally, chapter members travelled to the local Port of Beaumont to acquire a genuine examination into logistics. The Port of Beaumont is described as a deep water international public seaport found in Jefferson County, Texas. This port boasts incredible facilities and beneficial train and roadway connections. Students were offered a unique look into a leading global harbor.
The understanding, experiences, and skills that Chapter 872 has provided to its members will be invaluable assets going forward.