Oklahoma State University Chapter 860
By Emilie Gerhart
Student IIE members at Oklahoma State University partook in an array of social and professional events in the past months.
The Fall semester kicked off with the hosting of a Welcome Back Picnic to form a bond with the current and new members of the chapter. Students formed relationships over food and games. The Chapter also gained a new face in Oklahoma State University’s Industrial Engineering Department, and picnic attendees were involved in the introduction of the new department head, Dr. Sunderesh Heragu.
Important representatives from Georgia Pacific, Walmart, and Quorum Business Solutions participated in the chapter’s informational week event. Each respective organization provided an inside look at their group.
A local Oklahoma City plant welcomed Chapter 860 members. Cameron International entertained the student members and allowed attendees to soak in real-life and useful understanding into their manufacturing and operations.
In addition to the useful information absorbed, students took time to enter a Pumpkin Carving Contest to wrap up the Fall season. Members utilized social media to vote for their favorite pumpkin art, and the winning artists received the new chapter T-shirt.
The Spring semester brought the hosting of an information session given by Lowe’s Home Improvement Company. This event gave 30 students an inside look into the company, while offering details into the characteristics and experiences Lowe’s seeks during internship and full time hiring.
Oklahoma State University was represented at the South Central Regional University Conference by five students. Two of those students participated in the Technical Paper Competition, and one student went home with the $500 first place prize and the opportunity to represent the South Central Region at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014 in Montreal.
The students wrapped up the semester with a picnic inviting members, students and faculty alike. The menu consisted of burgers fresh off the grill, chips and desserts. The sport cricket was introduced to attendees by the university’s master’s students and an eye opening event was provided to participating students. Faculty and students were also granted the unique opportunity of spending time together outside of a lecture environment.
Chapter 860 will continue to add to their diverse portfolio of balanced activities to give their members an enriched experience that will produce well rounded industrial engineering professionals. Well done, chapter members!