“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Confucius
Awards entry season for ISEs peaks as the baseball season slides into post season and the football season is hitting its stride. Yes, sports are top-of-mind as I watch my hometown teams – Braves, Falcons and alma mater Georgia Tech – fight for victory. Whatever your sport of choice, your team or individual out there on the field or in the gym is displaying extraordinary strength and commitment toward a goal.
For ISEs, our sport is problem-solving with innovative solutions – a daily feat undertaken in the classroom, the office, the shop floor or anywhere else ISEs are found. It requires focus, resolve and numerous techniques from Lean Six Sigma to value engineering to optimization. For all the toil, focus and attention to detail, starts and stops, and challenges, we often keep our heads buried in the task at hand. And, many ISEs are scattered in so many posts from CEO to project manager, to researcher, to hospital administrator that we lose that instant recognition factor. We practice our skills and expertise at saving money, time and lives though not many know who we are. Unsung hero might best describe most ISEs.
ISEs are pivotal to the success of so many projects, operations and missions in a variety of settings. For example, your IISE editorial team is pursuing an on-site interview for ISE magazine and “Problem Solved” podcast with an industrial engineer making her mark on our future in space. Lisa Watson-Morgan, an aerospace engineer, industrial engineering graduate and manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, was recently appointed program manager for NASA’s Human Landing System. Look for initial coverage of this pioneer in your October issue with more to come.
ISEs like Lisa Watson-Morgan are winners. ISEs succeed on many fields of play each and every day. Let’s make sure they’re recognized for their achievements. Why not nominate someone this awards season with an IISE award recognizing their hard work and inventive undertakings?! IISE offers many awards tailored to its members typically with a Dec. 1 deadline as detailed here.
In fact, we’re proud to introduce an award – the IISE Cup – a new international competition that provides an exciting opportunity for companies to highlight their successful solutions. The IISE Cup will recognize organizations for innovative and effective implementation of industrial and systems engineering principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the 2020 IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 30-June 2, at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. The submission process opens Nov. 11 and closes Jan. 10. Read all about it: https://link.iise.org/IISECup.
As you enjoy your sport of choice, remember that you are carrying the baton for your profession, your institution, your company, your team … and making the ultimate difference by contributing to improving lives and bottom-lines on a daily basis. ISEs deserve to be recognized and awards are one way to stand in the spotlight and inspire others.
Take the time now to review IISE’s awards at www.iise.org/Honors. Nominate your fellow peers for a deserving award today.
By Don Greene, IISE CEO and 2019 IISE Fellow