Your IISE BOT finalizes new Strategic Plan
The IISE Board of Trustees met March 6-8 in the IISE office in Atlanta. The March meeting is filled with both excitement and a bit of regret, as we have the opportunity to welcome our newly elected or appointed Board members, while also saying goodbye to our outgoing members. This year was no exception, as we welcomed David Poirier, Carl Kirpes, Gul Kremer and Bob Pudlo onto the Board, while wishing our outgoing members, Joe Hartman, Rick Wilkinson, Eileen Van Aken and Mindy Holmes well as they rolled off the Board.
In the meeting, the primary focus was on finalizing IISE’s new Strategic Plan. In partnership with the staff, we defined the Vision for IISE to be a widely recognized, inclusive organization that advances, promotes and unites the industrial and systems engineering profession worldwide. The Mission is for IISE to serve those who solve the complex and critical problems of the world. Your Board is committed to working hard to provide the leadership that will enable the Institute to achieve this Vision and Mission.
In developing the Plan, we also defined four Pillars of Success. And for each pillar, we defined goals, metrics and objectives. You will hear a great deal more about the Strategic Plan as IISE moves forward in the coming weeks to introduce and socialize it to our membership and our community.
The Board also addressed several other exciting initiatives. IISE has signed a partnership with UL-Pure Safety to develop new online training courses. The courses will be high quality and modular, allowing users to choose the specific short courses they’re interested in, or to combine modules to achieve certificates in lean or Six Sigma. Initial offerings will be available in the spring. Watch for them.
IISE is developing a competition that will mirror its successful Ergo Cup, which focuses on ergonomics applications. The new one (still unnamed) will be broader in nature and will recognize excellence in applying industrial engineering in industry. We will be working on the details of this exciting competition and plan to roll it out late in 2019.
One of the most significant steps the Board took at the March meeting was to finalize and approve IISE’s first diversity, equity, and inclusion statement and core commitments. Culminating almost a year of hard work by a task force established in 2018, IISE is proud to take this step. The statement identifies intentional acts the association will take to ensure that the association remains at the forefront of this very important area. You will hear more about this as IISE introduces plans to the members in the coming weeks.
These are only a few of the important areas that the Board focused on during the meeting. We made advancements in membership, international activities, finances and other areas.
It has been my honor to serve as your President during 2018-19. My term officially ends on March 31. The current President-Elect Jamie Rogers will step into the role of President on April 1. Leading our professional association has truly been the pinnacle of my career. I am proud to be a member of such an important profession and vibrant professional association. Thank you for allowing me this privilege.
I have one more year on the Board of Trustees as I transition into the role of Past-President. I hope to see many of you at the upcoming IISE Annual Conference and Expo in May in Orlando. We have a great future. What better way to engage than to come to our Annual meeting.
The Ergonomics Center of NC
Senior Executive Director