University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Update

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be hosting the 2016 North Central Regional IIE Student Conference. The chapter is excited to have 200-250 students from the region join them, especially because they are only starting their second year of being a nationally recognized chapter.  The conference will be held February 25-27, 2016, however planning has been going on from August of 2014.  All IIE chapters within the North Central Region are invited to attend this conference and information will be sent to chapter presidents in the fall.  There currently are 16 members of the IIE chapter at Illinois working in committees to make this an unforgettable experience for all who attend.  These committees include social media and marketing, plant tours and workshops, meals and banquet halls, transportation and social events.  During this three day conference, the UIUC chapter is hoping that attendees are able to learn more about Industrial Engineering and the different options they have following graduation, network with executives from a variety of different fields and companies, and maybe even meet a new friend or two from another school in our region. If you are looking to attend this conference, registration will open in the fall.  In the meantime, any questions or concerns regarding conference can be directed to the planning committee at

More information on how you can help support the conference is available here.


University of Iowa Update

The University of Iowa IIE Chapter has had a very active and prosperous year. With over 20 new members this year and a record 30 members attending the regional conference, our chapter has expanded and flourished. We finished the year out strong participating in 4 unique plant tours, sadly sent off our 8 graduating seniors, and filled weekly community volunteering positions. For 3 months our chapter found 4 individuals each week from IIE to work a day-long shift at the Iowa City Kickers youth soccer league concession stand. We filled orders for hungry parents, kids, and even dogs. Our process precision and quality maintenance were tested in a very busy and chaotic setting. Needless to say giving back to the community was a great highlight for our chapter!

University of Wisconsin Engineering Expo

This past weekend, April 16th to April 18th, the Institute of Industrial Engineers UW – Madison Chapter took part in Engineering EXPO. Engineering EXPO is a three-day event held every two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering. EXPO is run entirely by students and brings over 10,000 visitors to campus biennially. This is a great opportunity for IIE to give back to the community. Members of IIE volunteer their time during their busy schedules to teach visitors of all ages and demonstrate what industrial engineers do.


The IIE exhibit consisted of two demonstrations. One was a Mario Kart race, where all participants had to play with some sort of handicap. The handicaps they were using were oven mitts, one hand, looking through a mirror, and an upside down controller. These different handicaps are supposed to resemble disabilities and show how engineers need to design for everyone.  After an exciting and often frustrating race, IIE engages in a discussion with the participants regarding the difficulties they experienced and possible design recommendations to the gaming system or controller that could have made their experience more enjoyable.  This introduction to human factors is a good exposure to the way industrial engineers need to think.wisconsin_expo


The second demonstration at the IIE exhibit was the aluminum foil boat float. The goal of this demonstration was to have visitors make a boat out of a piece of tin foil, then see how many pennies the boat can hold while floating on water. This demonstration shows how to design using less material, while still being effective. The record was 95 pennies, just short of a dollar. Great work everyone!


Engineering Expo is a great place for IIE to showcase what they do. This year we had a great turnout from both visitors and volunteers. Thanks to everyone for all the help!


-Daniel Grunsted

Education Chair

IIE Engineering EXPO Chair

Help Support the 2016 North Central Regional Conference

The North Central IIE Regional Conference is an annual event that brings together participants in both academia and industry of industrial engineering to socialize and exchange
ideas. Hundreds of students fromUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and other universities in the region will be attending the conference. Speakers from the sponsoring companies and professors from UIUC will give speeches to the student participants. Over the course of three days, students will interact and communicate with each other through a number of well-planned activities.

Please click on flyer below for more info:

IIE Conference Sponsorship Packet

If you have any questions please contact Brittany Foster at

IIE UW-Madison Student Chapter Expo

Join the IIE UW-Madison student chapter at the 2015 Engineering Campus taking place from April 16th – 18th on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering Campus!

Engineering Expo is a three day event held every two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering. Expo is run entirely by students and brings over 10,000 visitors to campus biennially. Participants at Expo include Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations on campus, individuals displaying their engineering projects and ideas, and thousands of students and members of the community. During the first two days of Expo, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are invited to explore what engineering involves. Each day the event is open to the public and we encourage public engagement throughout the event.

As members of Engineering Expo 2015, our goal is to unite students, industry, and the community by inspiring innovation and ingenuity in the minds of future generations. Through the exploration of today’s achievements, we hope to encourage tomorrow’s scientific endeavors.

IIE UW-Madison is very excited to be hosting two exhibits to expose people of all ages to the importance of industrial engineering tools through a combination of fun and learning.  Participants will be taught about the importance of effective resource utilization through an aluminum foil boat competition, and exposed to different aspects of human factors engineering during a simulated Mario Kart racing activity.  We invite you to join IIE UW-Madison as well as the many other fantastic student organizations, research initiatives and industry representatives at the 2015 Engineering EXPO!

The most up-to-date information can be found at


-Aaron Strawman

President, IIE UW-Madison 2014-2015

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.