March 2019 
Message from the Division President

According to weather folklore, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb - And what a whirlwind this month's weather has brought us thus far. Hopefully, this year is bringing you many new and exciting opportunities and you are also able to relax and enjoy some time with family and friends. The 2019 Annual Conference & Expo is just around the corner and our Construction Division conference chairs are working hard to ensure you are able to have a meaningful conference experience. This year's conference will be 18-21 May 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL. Conference registration is now open with the discounted registration rate ending on 8 April 2019. The Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel is now accepting block reservations at the IISE conference rate until 27 April 2019 or until sold out.
One of our goals is to increase the value of your Construction Division membership and one value-added activity of your division membership includes webinars. We are looking forward to our next webinar on "Automated Activity of Construction Equipment" by Dr. Abbas Rashidi. Stay tuned for more details. Another ongoing measure to increase the value of your membership is committee engagement with student chapters to assess younger member's value items. Through this effort, our marketing committee is identifying new and innovative ways to provide more value to your membership. Another value-added action is the creation of new IISE Connect website for the Construction Division. This forum will permit forum for membership communication.
It is also that time of year to hold elections to select new leadership for the next year. The call is now open for nominations for next year's President-Elect. This is a three-year term - President-Elect (1 year), President (1 year), and Past-President (1 year). If you are interested in serving as president-elect, please return your completed nomination form by 1 April 2019. See the Construction Division Call for Nominations for details. If you would like to serve as a member the Construction Division board, would like present a webinar to the division, or have an idea to improve the division, please do not hesitate to contact me at
Lastly, I would like to thank our division's board members (Mehdi Khazaeli, Brian Moore, Gary Moynihan, Robert Ranallo, Christina Rinaudo, Javad Self, Kris Harbin, and Abdullah Alhasan) for their outstanding efforts to the Construction Division. Additionally, I would like to thank Kathy Gamboa and Tina Agustiady for their excellent support of our division.
I certainly hope you will continue your membership and participation in the Construction Division.
Henry Lester, Ph.D.
President, Construction Division
Construction Division Call for Nominations -  Deadline April 1  
The Construction Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for the position of president-elect (three-year term). All nominees must be current Construction members of IISE. Students are not eligible.
The new term will begin on June 1, 2019. Board members are expected to be an active participant in monthly board conference calls and to participate in various initiatives, some of which are led by committees working in partnership with the full board.  Board members are also expected to attend the IISE Annual Conference and to participate in the Town Hall meeting held during the annual conference.
To submit a nomination, complete the Construction Nomination form and send to Kathy Gamboa by April 1, 2019.
Contact Henry Lester if you have any questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a Construction leadership position.
Welcome New Board Members
In the 2018-2019 academic year, we elected a new president-elect, Christina Rinaudo, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Engineer Research and Development Center, as well as 4 new board members, Abdullah Alhasan (University of Miami), Kris Harbin (Texas A&M Transportation Institute), Brian Moore (Kahua, Inc.), and Robert Ranallo (FedEx).

The IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 will take place May 18-21, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The QCRE Division of the Institute of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) will be sponsoring the QCRE Track at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference and Expo.
Students - Want a $100 discount to the IISE Annual Conference & Expo?

Hey students, how can you receive a $100 discount on your registration for the 2019 IISE Annual Conference and Expo? It's easy ... just volunteer ten hours of your time (2 five-hour shifts) to work at the registration desk, serve as a room host, or assist with stuffing conference bags. Contact Bill Gibbs, and he will send you the information you need to get set up to volunteer at the conference and receive your $100 discount!
The Annual Conference is a great place to start building your professional network. Maybe you'll meet the IISE officer whose network helped resurrect his career after a major downsizing. Or this one, whose volunteering helped her demonstrate leadership and management skills before professional opportunities came along, which allowed her to slide into a plum job with aplomb. (Both back when we were IIE)
A solid resume is nice ... but a network of ISEs who know your work ethic firsthand ... priceless!
So volunteer, save some dough and make the connections that can jump-start your career.
Member Spotlight - Dr. Henry Lester

Dr. Henry Lester is an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of South Alabama. Prior to entering academia, Henry retired from the U.S. Army where he had the opportunity to serve in a variety of technical, operational, and leadership positions. He holds a Ph.D. & M.S. in Civil Engineering (University of Alabama), M.S. in Applied Statistics (University of Alabama), M.S. in Operations Management (University of Arkansas), and a B.S. in Aeronautics (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University). He has developed and/or taught courses in systems engineering, systems modeling & simulation, integration, testing, & evaluation, production systems engineering, construction engineering, engineering economics, engineering probability & statistics, project engineering, engineering optimization, risk & failure analysis, reliability engineering, power systems engineering, and engineering research methods. 

His current research interest includes modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex operational systems and infrastructures susceptible to disruptions.  Some research application areas of interest include construction, built environment, critical infrastructure, resiliency, risk, reliability, interdependencies, engineering economy, project engineering, operations management, manufacturing, logistics, defense, disasters, and national security.   Some recent research endeavors includes studies of interdependent infrastructure recovery following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.   
Message from the Editor

Greetings everyone!

I hope that everyone is having a great start to 2019!

In consideration of research areas of interest in relation to construction, the following video: provides an interesting perspective into how Future Army Installations could operate in the year 2040 by depicting new technology tools that could potentially be used by a future Army Garrison Commander. The video is thought provoking in consideration of the scope of potential new technologies displayed, the challenges and associated future research ideas related to such new technologies, the role of Industrial Engineers, and how private industry installations/campuses could operate in the year 2040.

I look forward to hearing from others with regards to thoughts and interests in this research and other construction related research. Please feel free to share videos, articles or publications with members of the division.

I also wanted to remind everyone of the IISE Annual Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL on May 18 to 21, 2019. The conference provides a venue to meet our peers, learn about research and applications, and discover opportunities to help within the division. The Construction Division is always looking for volunteers. Please let us know if you are interested in getting involved. I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando!

Christina H. Rinaudo
Newsletter Editor

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