Southeast’s Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Student Organization Receives International Charter

Southeast’s IISE faculty advisors Dr. Jingjing Tong (left), assistant professor of engineering management, discussed the future of Southeast’s chapter development with Dr. Niranjan Kulkarni (right), regional vice president of IISE’s South Central Region, the IISE Annual Conference and Expo held in Orlando, Florida.

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) University Chapter at Southeast Missouri State was recently chartered by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) to become part of the largest international professional organization for industrial engineers.

Southeast’s IISE faculty advisors Dr. Jingjing Tong, assistant professor of engineering management, and Dr. Serkan Varol, assistant professor of industrial engineering, attended the IISE Annual Conference and Expo held in Orlando, Florida. Tong and Varol presented their research during the conference, and discussed the future of Southeast’s chapter development with Dr. Niranjan Kulkarni, regional vice president of IISE’s South Central Region.

Southeast’s IISE University Chapter was initiated with 10 students in the Department of Polytechnic Studies’ industrial and systems engineering program and technology management program. As members, Southeast students will have access to the IISE’s career center, award-winning monthly member magazine, monthly compendium of industry news and IISE updates, and opportunities to meet professional practitioners in the field of industrial engineering.

IISE, the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the profession, is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial and systems engineering. Founded in 1948, the Institute helps its members improve complex organizations around the world and across industries. It serves productivity and efficiency professionals specializing in industrial and systems engineering, manufacturing, transportation, health care, ergonomics, and other related professions. Throughout their careers, members turn to IISE for tools and connections that provide an integrated and systemic perspective to business challenges.

Additionally, the Southeast chapter will provide numerous benefits and support for students from multiple disciplines and programs, including Southeast’s industrial and systems engineering program launched in the fall of 2017. The Southeast chapter will increase students’ professional competencies; provide activities and experiences to promote learning and growth; and allow students from different areas of study to better understand the industrial engineering profession and learn about the fields of quality and ergonomics, and business improvement strategies and methods to streamline production and manufacturing processes.