IIE Northeastern sends eight students to Annual Conference in Nashville

Top row, from left: Benjamin Maslow, Brian Green, Bret O’Flaherty, Cecil Alfaro, Ian Schaeffer, Joseph Eisner Bottom row, from left: Alyssa Feldman, faculty advisor Kerri Beiswenger, Phoebe Patwell

From May 30th – June 2nd, eight Northeastern students, a mix of past and current officers, along with several members, attended the Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.


On Saturday (May 30th), the group flew out from Boston. After landing in Nashville, a few of the members attended VOLT (Volunteer Leadership Training), which featured talks from Emily Forcke, president of the Young Professionals division of IIE, Disneyland industrial engineers Kaz Takeda and Taylor Celthami, Boeing’s Steve Snelling, and Kim LaScola-Needy, immediate past president of IIE.


Sunday was an eventful day as well. The highlights included a keynote presentation from Linda Hudson, CEO of The Cardea Group on her experiences and the importance of diversity, a session on creative visual communication titled “Telling the Untold Story of Engineering”, and a talk on product development featuring representatives from Boeing.


Monday’s keynote presentation mathematically proved why diversity was vital, and featured Mark Daskin, chair of industrial and operations engineering at University of Michigan. Daskin was later a panelist in “The Past, Present, of Future of Industrial Engineering”, which featured a lively discussion of the state of industrial engineering students, and where the curriculum would be headed in the next few years.


The final day of the conference featured a keynote presentation from astronaut and industrial engineer Nancy Currie, who spoke of the importance of safety, quality, and reliability. During the keynote, it was announced that IIE Northeastern advisor Kerri Beiswenger would be the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at both the Regional and Global level. Also on Tuesday were two presentations from Cory Stasko of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute of Northeastern University. The second one, titled “Modeling the Spread of Ideas on Healthcare Quality Improvement Networks”, featured IIE Northeastern representative Brian Green presenting as well.


The conference proved to be very enjoyable and educational, and all participants look forward to IIE’s 2016 Conference, located in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland Resort Hotel! 

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