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IIE Activities


Meetings for this semester:

January 27th, 1:00pm, Vogt Rm 314

February 17th, 1:00pm, Vogt Rm 314

March 10th, 1:00pm, Vogt Rm 314

April 7th, 1:00pm, Vogt Rm 314

There is always free pizza for students/faculty participating in the meeting and/or speaker sessions on a FCFS basis. You don't have to be a member to attend.

Plant Tours

Some of the plant tours we have attended include UPS, Ford, Toyota, Woodford Reserve, Courier Journal, etc.

The first plant tour of the semester will be at Stride Rite Distribution Center on Cane Run Road on February 11th at 1:00pm. There will be a sign-up sheet posted outside of the graduate office. For anyone interested in attending we will be meeting at 12:20 to carpool there. The tour will last approximately 1 hour.

The next plant tour will be at UPS Supply Chain on Outer Loop on March 4th at 1:00pm. There will be a sign-up sheet posted outside of the graduate office. For anyone interested in attending we will be meeting at 12:30 to carpool there.

One other plant tour will be set up this semester and will be posted soon. A potential tour will be at Colgate-Palmolive in Clarksville, IN. If anyone has any ideas or contacts for a tour please let an officer know.


Each semester we try to plan for a speaker from a local company to speak about Industrial Engineering at a general chapter meeting. However, this semester we have arranged to coordinate the Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics candidates to also count as IIE speaker sessions. Our IE department is interviewing 3 potential candidates for the Duthie Chair (formerly Dr. Taylor) position. They will each be giving presentations about their past/current research and meeting with the IE students. The candidates and schedules are as follows:

Dr. Sunderesh Heragu: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Presentation: "Modeling and Analysis of Design and Operational Problems in Logistics" on January 25th at 11:00 am in Vogt 314, Student Meeting: 2:45 pm in JBS 305.
Dr. Bryan Norman: University of Pittsburgh
Presentation: "Logistics Opportunities and Challenges at The University of Louisville" on February 2nd at 11:00 am in Vogt 311, Student Meeting: 2:00 pm in JBS 305.
Dr. Russell Meller: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Presentation: "Past and Current Research in Logistics and A Vision of a Nationwide, Automated Distribution System for 2050" on February 4th at 11:00 am in Vogt 311, Student Meeting: 2:00 pm in JBS 305.

Regional Conference

The 2005 Annual Region 4 Student IIE Conference will be held at Western Michigan University from February 18th-20th in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The registration fee is $60 per person and is due by January 14th. There will be various seminars, socials, technical paper competition and awards banquet. Please contact Cindy Edlin if you are interested in attending.

Engineer's Days

This year's Engineer's Days will be held February 20th and 21st. The first day's events are open to the public and will include viewing and judging of departmental student exhibits. Please contact Cindy Edlin if you are interested in submitting an exhibit to be judged. Cash prizes are awarded to overall winners and specific department winners. Exhibits must be registered online by February 4th.

The second day's events include local high schools participating in various society competitions. IIE will be conducting our annual Egg Drop Contest. Please check out The Egg Drop Contest page for more details.


We have an annual summer picnic and Christmas party. The Christmas party is held at Dr. Usher's house. Family and friends are invited for food and fun.

High School Visits

Dr. Usher is looking for recruiting possibilities. Set up a time for Dr. Usher to speak with your local high school physics and calculus classes. Attend this presentation with him and be rewarded $25. Contact Dr. Usher or Cindy Edlin for further information.

Technical Paper Competition

Here are the following results for the 2004 IE Department Technical Paper Competition:

First Place: ($100) "Ford Kentucky Truck Plant Super Duty Body Shop: Closure/Metal Line Throughput Improvement"
Cindy Edlin, Adam Ganoe, Mike Jackson, Robby Turner, and Adam Wiseman
Second Place:($75) "Ford Kentucky Truck Plant: Scrap Handling Process"
Jihaad Abdul-Majid, Gary Overstreet, Josh Roberts, and Tim Whitfill
Third Place:($50) "Investigation of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster"
Brandon Chasteen

We are allowed two submissions to the regional IIE Technical Paper Competition to be held at the conference at Western Michigan University. Cash prizes are also available at the regional level.

Congratulations and thanks to all who submitted.