Iowa State Updates

Iowa State University’s IIE chapter continually allures members and students to engage in activities and presentations relating to industrial engineering.  From on-site visits with companies to giving undergrads the chance to listen to professors talk about their research, the opportunities to learn about industrial engineering outside of the classroom are endless.

Every fall at Iowa State University, there is a freshman faculty dinner held for newly admitted industrial engineering students. This event incorporates networking with faculty and IIE members as well as applying/learning industrial engineering concepts through a collaborative game. Past games have been assembling pizzas, paper plane competition, and a marble race. Each of these games have been played with the help of a faculty member and an IIE member. The pizza and paper plane games outline the inefficiencies of a production line and the marble race encouraged creative thinking and designing. The best part about the dinner is how in to it the faculty get. They are competitive against each other and will do anything to win. It has been a great way to show the freshmen they can relate to their professors and when the time comes go to them for help.

A large part of Iowa State University’s IIE chapter’s focus is creating relationships with professors by inviting them to present at the monthly IIE meetings.  These events allow members to see what the professors do beyond the classroom, as well as what potential areas or projects they could get involved with in academia or industry. Throughout the semester, there have been presentations on the growing need for IE’s in sustainability as well as human factors relating to virtual reality, robots, and aviation.

Another focus is exposing members to opportunities within industry. A few companies that have visited throughout the year include P&G, Pepsi, Frito Lay, and UnityPoint Health. These networking events have not only helped students understand how industrial engineers would contribute to their companies, but have given members a better understanding of what professionals look for in students.

Being a member of Iowa State University’s IIE chapter is a commitment to continuous learning that often cannot be taught in the classroom.

Gilruth Tribute Celebration

Featured Guest: Robert Cabana, Director, Kennedy Space Center

April 23, 8 – 10 a.m.

TCF Bank Stadium

Minnesota vision launched the most audacious engineering challenge in history.

Join the April 23 Gilruth Tribute Celebration featuring Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, who will lead the tribute to U of M alumnus Robert Gilruth (1913 – 2000), the Father of America’s Human Space Flight program.  This exciting event at TCF Bank Stadium precedes Mr. Gilruth’s induction into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame on April 25.

The celebration will honor the region’s innovation legacy and the many Minnesotans who helped take America into space. Celebrate one of the most amazing stories in our State of Innovation and grow our legacy by supporting a new generation of learners.

The Minnesotan who advised President Kennedy to put a man on the moon led the Apollo program and built a great space center in a pasture to do it.

Known as the “Father of America’s Human Space Flight program,” Robert Gilruth was born in Nashwauk, Minnesota on October 8, 1913. He graduated from high school in Duluth, earned Aeronautical Engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota and oversaw 25 manned spaceflights, from the suborbital Mercury-Redstone 3 flight to Apollo 15 lunar landing mission – July 1971.

AirSpace Minnesota nominated Mr. Gilruth for induction into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, to occur on Saturday, April 25. Mr. Cabana is coming to help pay tribute to Mr. Gilruth, the legacy of the University of Minnesota and the many Minnesotans who helped take America into space.

About Robert Cabana
Mr. Cabana, a Minneapolis Washburn High School graduate, was appointed to lead the Kennedy Space Center in 2008. The Hall of Fame astronaut previously served as director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and deputy director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School with over 7,000 hours logged in 36 different aircraft, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and flew four space shuttle missions:  Pilot, Discovery, (STS-41 and STS-53), Commander, Columbia (STS-65) and Commander, Endeavour (STS-88, the 1st space station assembly mission). On April 24 he will be honored with the prestigious National Space Trophy at a ceremony in Houston.



Growth and Retention – What does this mean IIE TC?

There is no shortage of professional development and networking opportunities out there to entice your participation, especially as social media continues to increase the ability to market something new. When working to retain and grow membership and participation, this is just one challenge that IIE Chapters face. You may ask, “What’s an organization to do?!”

IIE Twin Cities strives to offer a wide range of activities so as to bring a little something to everyone (or even to a little of everything to only one!).  Our strategic plan defines eight as the minimum number of “diverse value-driven events”. Some of these events are recurring favorites: Bean Bag Tournament / BBQ, November Student networking and December social. Others are a result of the networking that occurs in our daily lives as Industrial Engineers or the very events that we host.  New Board members often bring new tour options.  A board member may meet another professional whose endeavors overlap or influence us as IE’s (ergonomics research, quality program deployment or traffic engineering) and then arrange to have them speak. Participants at an IIE Twin Cities event often suggest or request a specific topic or tour or even offer to host IIE at his/her own employer.

IIE Twin Cities also strives to support and be involved with other professional organizations.  Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Quality (ASQ) and Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) are some of the groups that we have collaborated with in recent years. As Industrial Engineers we often touch every part of the process and these connections can be invaluable. This may also spark an interest in IIE amongst a new audience…you don’t have to be an IE to benefit from the methodologies and experience!

The more opportunities we have to look good, the more likely we are to draw an audience. Therefore, in recent years, IIE Twin Cities Board of Directors has worked to better utilize media options (social and otherwise). For example:

  • Newsletter Director, Jenna Weiland, helped the Board of Directors to make this newsletter valuable, informative and “easy on the eyes.”
  • Social Media Director, Britta Rowen, initiated a blog on the National website to share some of our activities.
  • Members have helped to make LinkedIn a source for local discussion, job opportunities and networking in general.
  • The IIE Twin Cities website was updated in recent years and our webmaster can now more easily adapt and update appearance and content.
  • Board Members annually travelling to the Regional Student Conference and a specific roll has been established for Student Outreach. Nate Andrican will continue to grow this aspect of our Chapter in 2015.
  • Finally, every event should be something to talk about because, as they say, word of mouth is the best advertising!

Want to know more ??

– Talk to a board member at the next event

– Email us at

– Find us LinkedIn (IIE Twin Cities)

– Explore at


Take Your Career to the Next Level: Prepare for the PE Exam with IIE

If you’re planning to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam this spring, improve your odds of passing with IIE’s review class. This four-day preparatory course combines key concepts from the industrial engineering body of knowledge with a review of all major elements of the PE exam. You will identify individual strengths and weaknesses in the IE body of knowledge, review exam requirements and work through sample exam questions. Register now to learn face-to-face in a classroom setting February 9-12, 2015, in Norcross, Ga. Registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Prefer to learn at your own pace online? This course is offered online on-demand so you can prepare for the exam as your schedule allows.

The Quad City Engineering & Science Council

  We are in immediate need for Volunteers at our Upcoming STEM Events THIS WEEKEND!


Register Today at:

No previous experience or technical background is required for many of the volunteer positions with training available.    Teachers, education administers, and people in human resources are encouraged to consider volunteering to be a judge for FIRST LEGO League for Core Values (teamwork) and for the Research Project which is based around Learning.
Positions are available for adults and students in college & high school.  Applications for volunteering will continue to be accepted until we fill all of the posted positions.
Volunteers will be provided food, beverages, and a great experience supporting our local youth!
If you have any questions regarding volunteering at Quad City area FIRST events, send an e-mail to
Register Today at:

Schedule of Quad City Area FIRST Events Needing Volunteers:


Date Time Location Event Needed
12/13/14 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Putnam Museum  – Davenport Quad Cities – Davenport FLL Qualifier with 32 Teams ~ 70 Volunteers
12/14/14 10:30 AM – Noon &
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Putnam Museum  – Davenport Quad Cities – Davenport Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo (20 Team Capacity) 4 Volunteers (Reviewers)
12/14/14 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Putnam Museum  – Davenport Quad Cities – Davenport FLL Qualifier with 32 Teams ~ 70 Volunteers
12/14/14 10:30 AM – Noon &
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Putnam Museum  – Davenport Quad Cities – Davenport Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo (20 Team Capacity) 4 Volunteers (Reviewers)
1/10/15 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Muscatine High School FTC League Meet 7 Volunteers
Recommend also volunteering 24Jan15 at League Championship
1/24/15 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Davenport West High School FTC League Championship with 26 Teams ~ 50 Volunteers

If you have any questions regarding volunteering at Quad City area FIRST events, send an e-mail to

2014 IIE Student Fall Trip

Twin Cities 38 November Event - student networking

Traditionally, there has been a “Fall Trip” in place between the Twin Cities professional chapter and North Dakota State University’s student chapter. November 7th marked the first time that IIE Twin Cities opened up the Fall Trip to other student chapters within the region.

The day started early with the first tour at 8:30am at GE Power and Water in Minnetonka, MN. The students were able to take a look at operations within the water treatment, wastewater treatment and process system solutions division to gain a better understanding of Industrial Engineering roles in the water treatment industry.

Upon leaving GE, the students attended a tour at Boston Scientific in Maple Grove, MN where they learned about the interventional cardiology and peripheral intervention divisions of the medical device manufacturer. The tour gave insight to different career paths including both Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Engineering within the medical device industry.

The third and final tour was hosted by Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printing equipment and materials that create physical objects directly from digital data. It’s systems range from affordable desktop 3D printers to large, advanced 3D production systems, making 3D printing more accessible than ever and giving the students a perspective of newer technology within the manufacturing industry.

An evening event held at Dave & Busters in Maple Grove included presentations by IIE Twin Cities Board Members, Sean Dveris, Jeromy Knapp, and Ryan Adams. The students engaged in a Q & A session with the active board members that were in attendance and joined in on the action with a team competition in the game area. The tours and evening event had members representing three total schools within the region and gave everyone a chance to network with professionals in the Minneapolis area.

Ryan Adams

Twin Cities IIE Board Member