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Institute of Industrial Engineers: Events

Below are some of our recent chapter events.

Habitat Build

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The IIE Chapter partnered with the IE Department to help supply volunteers to build a Habitat for Humanity House sponsored by American Accesories International. The build took place April 17 to 23 and approximately 30 students and faculty come out during the week to volunteer. Everyone really enjoyed giving back to the local community, while working together on the jobsite. Lots more photos are posted on our Facebook page.

Speaker Issac Mitchell on the Applications of Lean in Health Care

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Issac Mitchell spoke to the Chapter Thursday March 18th about his position at Children's Hospital here in Knoxville. He gave a great talk about the opportunities, challenges and his work in applying lean principles at the Hospital.

Speaker Bio: Isaac Mitchell has over seven years experience driving change in organizations utilizing lean methodology and techniques. The valuable experience gained while working at Toyota North American Headquarters and ThyssenKrupp has enabled him to bring successful and time-proven methodologies to the healthcare field. As Lean Processes Coordinator at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Isaac is heading up a hospital wide lean strategic initiative focusing on improving processes, reducing unwanted variation, and eliminating waste. Isaac holds a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

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2009-2010 IIE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

The North Carolina A&T State University chapter of IIE hosted the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference on January 28-30 and the conference proved to be an great success! Twelve UT students traveled to the conference, which attracted students from other regional chapter schools including North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State University, Tennessee Tech University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Virginia Tech University, and West Virginia University.

The theme, "Going Global Makes IEs Mobile," highlighted that being aware of industrial engineering on an international level gives IEs a broader prospective, helps to develop new skills, and recognizes the globalization of the field. The conference agenda included speakers, plant tours, team building challenges, games, and social activities that proved to be professionally rewarding for all. 

Keynote speakers for the conference included Tim McGlothlin, IIE Board of Trustees Vice President, and Dr. Tonya Smith, Associate Professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Mr. McGlothlin spoke on IIE's strategic initiatives and Dr. Smith spoke on "The Safety and Health Risk Divide in Agriculture." Individual speaker sessions during the conference gave students insight into IE subjects like project management (Michael Patrick), transitioning into the workforce (Joyce Hadley), and Six Sigma in healthcare (Kendall Johnson). Plant tours included the Industries of the Blind and GKN Driveline.

Along with developing professionally by listening to speakers and attending the events, individuals competed in an undergraduate technical paper competition. UT was proud to have our own Michael michael Vanderlan participate in this competition. Snow hampered some of the events, but despite the inclement weather, the conference proved to be a great success and the UT chapter looks forward to hosting it in 2011.

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Contact Us

IIE c/o Dr. Joe Wilck
411 East Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-0700
Phone: (865)-974-7654
Fax: (865)-974-0588
Email: jwilck@utk.edu