Happy Halloween
There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight.
IISE Kansas chapters brewed up a powerful potion of activities for inaugural pop-up conference

Mixing ingredients of excellent tours, insightful presentations, delicious food, beautiful facilities, camaraderie, swag, beer - Ian Giese, organizer of the first ever Kansas Pop-up Conference, cast a spell for success over the event!   Attendees departed from the conference venue ( Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas)  to Hill's Pet Nutrition and Simmons Pet Food for overviews of their operations and tours of their plants. Flint Hills Technical College  is yet another example of the growing trend of distributing industrial system engineering and engineering technology education from major universities to localized technical colleges -- something from which all of industry and academia have gained benefit!

In the words of president of Wichita chapter, John Huffman, "Of all the things I have been able to be a part of in my 28 years as a member of IIE/IISE, this has been my favorite. I hope we have set the stage for an annual event, and more importantly, a continuous partnership towards advancing Industrial and System Engineering in Kansas."

The conference featured overviews of the chilling successes and challenges realized by Kansas chapters. Chapter presidents raised many opportunities for teaming that can help them advance chapters and the ISE profession in Kansas and the rest of the region. In the spirit of the event,  many attendees signed up for follow-up committee efforts!

Below:   Attendees of the Simmons Pet Food Tour


IISE supports Future City Competition

Forty-five thousand students around the world in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades work in teams with an educator and STEM mentor to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Along the way, they learn about engineering and city design, develop their writing and public speaking skills, and apply math.

After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today's complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

IISE financially supports the IISE Award for Systems Integration.  And the IISE National Capital (DC) chapter yearly represents the Institute by providing judges for the International Future City Competition.

 Send write-ups and pictures for Chapter Leader News to Pam Patterson  


IISE/ Rockwell Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition

Winter session entries now being accepted

Three finalist teams receive $1,250 each for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, cash awards and certificates. For more details about the competition and entry parameters, visit the  competition web site.

Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at bcameron@iise.org or (770) 449-0461, ext. 105, with questions. Thank you. 



  • "Problem Solved": The IISE Podcast- Download this and other episodes now at podcast.iise.org or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.  

  •  Professional chapter #1's October memo - Exciting events!

Attention   IISE Student Chapters!  
Announcing the  2020 YouTube Video Contest sponsored by the IISE-Industry Advisory Board. Deadline for entries is February 15, 2020.  Click here  for more information and how to submit your entry.  


  • The All Ohio Dinner Meeting was held on Oct.16 in Plain City, Ohio. It was hosted by Dayton- Cinncinati chapter. Featured speaker was Michael Giuliano. He started his career at tech-giant Intel Corporation earning distinct engineering honors spanning some of the highest-profile product launches on record in the digital and mobility spaces.
  • On Sept. 25 Iowa State University chapter hosted BOEING! Members learned about the company and asked questions. Iowa State will also be hosting the 2020 North Central Regional Conference, giving the chapter an exciting opportunity  to showcase its strong member support.
Attention Young Professionals!

Read this article: The Fastest Growing Jobs for Young Professionals in America 2019 Edition  by Stephanie Horan and published on the yahoo! finance website.

New Professional Chapter!

Joint collaboration meeting - ASQ and IISE Louisville chapters 

IISE Louisville and ASQ Louisville chapters held a joint collaboration chapter
meeting in September.  The speaker was Kerry Wang, Intelligent Automation Center of Excellence Leader, Humana. His topic was  Robotics Process Automation (RPA) with an overview of intelligent automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The meeting took place at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe.
 Some of the attendees at the event 

NEW Podcast: The Road from Student to Professional 
from Carl Kirpes

Everyone walks a different career path, but the road is full of opportunities that are yours for the taking. It's just a matter of taking one step at a time. That's the initial advice from Carl Kirpes, who works in Crude Oil Strategy & Analysis for Marathon Petroleum Corp. and also serves as senior vice president, industry for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. In this episode of "Problem Solved", Kirpes talks with IISE's David Brandt about how the Institute has played a role in his career from the beginning, the mentors who helped him find direction and the advice he gives to student and young professionals who aim high in their own careers.