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February 2014 – President’s Message

Industrial Engineers and Friends of Industrial Engineers,

The first quarter of 2014 is turning out to be a very busy time.

At the first meeting of the Chapter’s Board of Directors on January 11, the Mid-Atlantic’s Regional Vice President, Ms. Joyce Hoelzer (formerly Hadley) installed the newly elected members of the Board. We are fortunate to have Ms. Hoelzer in our Chapter and appreciate her taking the time to attend many of our Board meetings as well as other events during the year. I especially would like to publically thank her for taking time on January 11 to serve as the Installation Officer.

Immediately after the installation of officers, the Board conducted the business of the Chapter. The fruits of that labor are illustrated in the following list.

The Chapter’s Strategic Plan for 2014 was reviewed by the Board, approved, and sent to the Regional Vice President and IIE Headquarters before the end of January. I am proud to announce on behalf of the Board that we again received a rating of 5, the maximum number of points possible!

About mid-January, I received word that our Chapter Newsletter was awarded a Platinum level award. A HUGE, BIG THANK YOU to Martin Franklin for making this happen. Preparing the newsletter is one of the most demanding jobs of the Chapter. If anyone is interested in helping, please send Martin a note to; I’m sure he would appreciate it. Please take the time to submit articles of interest or IIE professional development to be considered for publication. Martin does appreciate material that is sent his way for publication in the newsletter.

On January 28, Chapter members were invited to attend two presentations about operations research (OR) in aviation. The presentations, “Initial Estimate of the Capacity Benefits of Restoring Tower Information Lost in Low Visibility” by Dr. Gen Lin of The MITRE Corporation, and “Examples of OR Practices at FAA” by Dr. Nastaran Coleman of the Federal Aviation Administration, were interesting and informed the audience of about 30 attendees of the high-level engineering, mathematics, and statistical work that helps keep our Nation’s aviation industry the safest in the world. We are grateful to the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WINFORMS) for the invitation and look forward to other events of mutual interest.

Near the end of January and into early February, the new Constitution for the Chapter was distributed to all members seeking approval. Electronic responses must be time stamped on or before February 15 and those receiving a hard copy ballot must be post-marked on or before February 15.

As in previous years, the Chapter is participating with the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS) < to celebrate National Engineers Week, February 16-22 (NEW 2014). Look for the schedule of DCCEAS events in this newsletter; learn more about NEW 2014 at < >.

In March, there are several opportunities for members to shine. Capital Science 2014, sponsored by the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) and affiliated societies of the WAS, will convene on March 29 and 30 in Arlington, Virginia. All members are invited to attend the conference. And anyone interested in sharing their views and/ or practicing and improving their presentation skills are invited to submit a presentation abstract for consideration by conference organizers. Information about the conference and abstract submission procedures may be found at < >.

The WAS is also accepting nominations for awards in several science and technical fields. The nomination deadline is March 15. Additional information and the nomination form are at < >.

Dr. Averill Law will deliver three (3) courses from March 24 through April 4. Download the brochure about his public courses from < >.

In April, Director Bruce Petro has arranged for a tour of Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars. Look for more information in this newsletter.

And finally, it is the season for science fairs. If you are interested in helping judge projects at one of more of the competitions, please contact me or Russell Wooten at and we will send additional information to you.

If you have questions or comments about any of the above, or have ideas about how the Board might improve your Chapter, please let me know. Leave a voice mail message for me at 703-470-8803 or send a note to As one of my angel investor friend always told me, “In this town, ideas are a dime a dozen.” There is no value until the idea is shared, and things change for the better. So please don’t hesitate to participate in the process of keeping your Chapter in the Gold Award Category list of the IIE.

Neal Schmeidler
President, IIE National Capital Chapter

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