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March 2014 – President’s Message

Industrial Engineers and Friends of Industrial Engineers,

The first quarter of 2014 continues to be a very busy time for the Chapter.

Voting for the new National Capital Chapter Constitution ended February 15. I am pleased to report that it was unanimously approved by 33 voters (29 of 200 email ballots, and 4 of 27 paper ballots). Thank you to all who took time to participate and support the work of your Board of Directors.

During the month, Chapter members participated in two events on behalf of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). The first event was in February. Joseph Scheibeler and I served as Special Awards Judges for the Future City competition on February 16. Later that week, Charles Hochstein presented the award to the team Joe and I selected as best demonstrating excellence in the design of integrated systems of people, material, information, equipment and energy. A BIG THANK YOU to Joe and Charles for their help in representing the Chapter and the IIE at this event important to helping raise a future generation of productive citizens and designers of our tomorrows. In the second event, six chapter members attended the “Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM” Capitol Hill Day on March 5. The next day, two members participated in visits to Congressional Offices. The IIE was one of about 35 cosponsoring organizations for the event hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I would like to thank Kevin Brathwaite, Emilie Butler-Olimb, Donald Duggins, William Liu, and Claire Nelson, for joining me to represent the IIE and support SWE to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to help maintain the Nation’s competitiveness.

The Chapter Activity Report (CAR) is an annual requirement for us and is used by IIE to assess the performance of professional chapters. There are five aspects of chapter activities monitored by IIE. Our Chapter Secretary, Joseph Scheibeler, collected the data, prepared and submitted the report on time. We will receive our rating within the next three months. Thank you to all who provided information to Joe. And THANK YOU, Joe, for the hard work keeping us in the game.

As in previous years, the Chapter participated with the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS) < http://www.dcceas.org/ > to celebrate National Engineers Week, February 16-22 (NEW 2014). Chapter members Charles Hochstein, Richard Leshuk, Joseph Scheibeler, yours truly, and our guests attended the events.

Later this month, on March 25, the Chapter is cosponsoring with the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WINFORMS) a presentation by Dr. Averill Law. Additional information about this event appears elsewhere in this newsletter. While in the D.C. area, Dr. Law will deliver three courses from March 24 through April 4. Download the brochure about his public courses from < http://www.averill-law.com/about/ >. During the last weekend of March, Capital Science 2014, sponsored by the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) and affiliated societies of the WAS, will convene in Arlington, Virginia. On March 29 and 30, all members and guests are invited to attend the conference. Information about the conference may be found at < http://www.washacadsci.org/capital-science-2014/ >.

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 < http://www.washacadsci.org/activities-and-events/awards/latest-awards/ >.

During this last month, I received a bit of sad news. Richard Kaminski, a Life member of IIE and longtime supporter of IIE chapter events in our area passed away earlier this year. Richard rarely missed IIE chapter meetings; I last spoke to Richard at the Chapter’s October meeting last year. I was never a member of the Baltimore Chapter, but to the best of my knowledge, Richard did a yeoman’s job trying to keep the chapter viable. Sadly, there was not enough energy among the chapter members to keep the doors open and the chapter was eventually deactivated.

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 message at 703-470-8803 or send a note to nealhome1@verizon.net. As an 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 are changed for the better. So please don’t hesitate to participate in the process of keeping your Chapter on the IIE’s list of Gold Awardees.

Neal Schmeidler
President, IIE National Capital Chapter

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