Milwaukee Chapter 45 – 2015 Recap

The 2015 Milwaukee Chapter 45 year is behind us now and I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great things we were able accomplish this year thanks to the hard work and dedication of our entire chapter advisory board.

Let me begin by saying that we had have very big shoes to fill this year following last year’s record setting chapter successes that resulted in two IIE Chapter Recognition Awards:  Silver Award in the newsletter competition and the Most Improved Chapter award.

Here are some 2015 chapter strategic plan highlights:

  • Provide improved services to our members through student support, networking event/communication opportunities and community service.
  • Increase IIE meeting attendance through event topic enhancements, new member welcome packages, more electronic communication venues and leveraging other local professional societies.
  • Increase 2015 IIE membership by 15% by more aggressively pursuing new college graduates and large company IE departments.
  • Meet and/or exceed the IIE national requirements for senior chapters and become a benchmark for other chapters.
  • Exceed last year’s IIE Professional Chapter CAR score of 56.

Here are some 2015 chapter event highlights:

  • Engineer’s Week Student Networking Night in February at Ale House.
  • IIE Regional Conference in March at MSOE.
  • Student Night in April at UWM.
  • Local professional chapter collaboration and networking meeting with presidents from AME (Optima), SME, APICS and ASQ in April.
  • IE North Central Region Professional Chapter Leadership Quarterly Touchpoint Meeting in April with the Regional VP.
  • InSinkErator tour in August in Racine.
  • Added more features to our newsletter such as other local professional society events and potential job opportunities.
  • Created new member welcome package.
  • FedEx Express tour in October in Milwaukee.
  • Student Networking Night in October.
  • Received Gold Award in newsletter competition.

Here are some initiatives that did not get our full attention this year but that we hope to carry forward into the coming year:

  • Collaborate with local student chapters and young professionals just entering the industrial engineering field to better support and mentor them.
  • Engage colleges and high schools to help spread interest in IE and in engineering.
  • Develop fund-raising activities such as seminars or certifications.

Our outstanding advisory team is dedicated to building a chapter that serves the needs and wants of our local IE professionals and community.  My hope is that though continued improvement efforts and member engagement we will keep making incremental strides each year to provide more value to those around us.

Scot Siebers – Milwaukee Chapter 45 – 2015 President

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