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July 2012 – President Message

Industrial Engineers and Friends of Industrial Engineers,

Welcome to our July newsletter. So summer is a third over. I hope you are having great times; doing things, being active, and having fun with friends, family and kids or grandkids. As I finish editing this article, it is the 4th of July. I had the opportunity today to spend a few hours today (with another organization that I am involved in) volunteering at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. I met and talked with many outstanding veterans, a few from WWII and Korea. Their courage and commitment has helped us remain a great Nation.

I officially started my summer off early, when I had a meeting in the executive office of the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club, including a tour of Progressive Stadium and a walk on the field! My meeting was with Mr. Gabe Gershenfeld. Afterwards I meet with Mr. Andrew Miller, Assistant to the President, and Mr. Mark Shapiro, Indians President.

My meeting was to discuss the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club’s entry in the INFORMS First Annual Innovation in Analytics Award Competition. Gabe’s entry was one of 53 and had already been selected as one of seven semi-finalists in the competition. Eventually, Gabe competed as one of three in the finals at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Huntington Beach, California.

To continue this theme last month I met Mr. Paul DePodesta who is currently the vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets.  Mr. DePodesta was the “analytic-guy” traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Oakland Athletics in the book and movie MONEYBALL, the Art of Winning an Unfair Game.

So far this has been a great summer. Don’t forget we have one more 1st place Washington Nationals Game on August 4th. As always this will be a fund raiser for the Marvin Mondel Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Until next month,

Russell Wooten


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