Industrial Engineering Professors and Students Honored at Conference


 The industrial engineering department sent an impressive delegation to the Institute of Industrial Engineers' annual conference.


This spring, several faculty members and students in the industrial engineering department received awards and honors from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. “Our department has a strong tradition of achievement and service in this organization, and we appreciate the opportunities and recognition we’ve received as a result of that,” said interim department head Ed Pohl.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers Honors and Awards banquet was held June 2 during the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference in Montreal, Quebec. Eleven U of A faculty members, one staff member and fourteen students attended the conference.

At this event, Kim LaScola Needy, interim dean of the Graduate School and holder of the Twenty-First Century Professorship in Engineering, was recognized and honored as the IIE Immediate Past President. Ed Pohl was named an IIE Fellow, the highest classification of IIE Membership. John A. White, chancellor emeritus and Distinguished Professor of industrial engineering received the Wellington Award from the Engineering Economy Division of IIE.

 White also received the Best Track Paper Award from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, along with industrial engineering undergraduate students Jordan Sonnentag and Robert Imhoff and Jessica Matson of Tennessee Tech University for their paper entitled “An Analysis of Block Stacking with Lot Splitting.”

In addition, the IIE Board of Trustees awarded several University of Arkansas students scholarships and fellowships. Kaitlin Denny was awarded the Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarship. Luisa Janer and Hannah Koehn received Dwight D. Garner Scholarships, and Dia St. John, doctoral student, received the Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship.


At the IIE South Central Region Conference, industrial engineering graduate student, Kelsey Lamb received second place in the technical writing contest. Needy is Lamb’s faculty adviser.

Release date: 6/26/2014