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IISE chapter

Some of the officers of ASU’s chapter of the Institute of Industrial & and Systems Engineers attended the national organization’s annual Western Regional Conference hosted by Oregon State University earlier this year. From left to right are Fulton Schools industrial engineering students Lewis Ruskin, Kelly Wilmink, Monica Kiilehua, Alejandra Casas, Rebecca Mercer and Erin Glavin. Photograph courtesy of IISE ASU chapter.


The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers has awarded Gold Status to its Arizona State University chapter for what the student group has done to benefit its members over the past year.

During the 2016–2017 academic year, the chapter’s leadership has organized career-fair preparation sessions, with industry professionals and faculty members on hand to evaluate students’ résumés.

Students were also connected with résumé and job interview preparation services offered by the Fulton Schools Career Center.

Chapter luncheon events helped to build relations between students and faculty.

“One of our members found his thesis director through our spring luncheon,” says the chapter’s new president Monica Kiilehua, a senior in ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College and an industrial engineering major.

The group, with more than 70 members — 30 of whom are members of national IISE — also partnered with the ASU student chapter of the Supply Chain Management Association and GE Healthcare to host a workshop focused on “lean manufacturing.”

After the workshop, a number of students “were able to apply lean manufacturing principles in their class projects and internships,” Kiilehua says.

The chapter provided 17 members scholarships to cover fees to become members of the national IISE, sent six members to the national organization’s Western Regional Conference and three to the Annual National Conference, where they participated in a student engineering design competition.

At the conference, strong relationships were built with chapters at the University of Arizona and Oregon State University, and with IISE leaders with the Intel Corporation and other engineering and technology companies, Kiilehua says.

The group also made progress on plans to launch a high school outreach program this year, organize tours of industry centers and host social events.

The Gold Status award confirms “that ASU has an active and healthy IISE chapter,” Kiilehua says.

IISE, an international nonprofit association, is the world’s largest professional society dedicated to the support of the profession by providing leadership for education, training and research in industrial and systems engineering, as well as the development and application of those branches of engineering.

The ASU chapter’s accomplishments “have been a team effort, the entire leadership team deserves the credit,” says Daniel McCarville, a Fulton Schools industrial engineering and engineering management professor of practice who has been the student organization’s faculty advisor for the past three years.

The group’s 2016–2017 academic year officers were Kiilehua (treasurer), and other industrial engineering majors Erin Glavin (president), Lewis Ruskin (vice president), Rebecca Mercer (secretary), Alejandra Casas (membership director) and Kelly Wilmink (fundraising director).

Fulton Schools Professor Feng Ju becomes the chapter’s faculty advisor in August.