2019 Newsletter                                                                                               Fall
Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

I am honored and humbled to serve you as the president of the Manufacturing and Design Division. First, I would like to thank the amazing team of volunteers that have accepted to serve the M&D community under my leadership. I am happy to share that we have a diverse team of volunteers that represent academia, government and industry. We are also working to recruit STUDENTS!

I also want to recognize and thank all the volunteers that throughout the years have made the difference helping in the growth of this division to what we are today.   To our members, thanks for your participation and support in our division. I was excited to see many of you in our successful town hall meeting during the IISE Annual Conference in Orlando.

During my tenure I would like to enhance your active participation in our division with more opportunities to volunteer. As a part of the team effort, I communicated with many of you after the town hall meeting. If you did not have a chance to share your interest to volunteer, please let us know through this survey.

To provide you with a better experience, we are active in social media. Please join and share our posts in IISE Connect, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. I am excited to serve you! I am very open to try new things and think outside the box. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to the following address (Lourdes.medina@upr.edu).
Lourdes A. Medina, Ph.D.
President IISE  Manufacturing & Design Division 
Associate Professor,  University of Puerto Rico at Mayag├╝ez
Join This Week's Webinar -  Thursday 10/24 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET 
Multifunctional 3D Printing 
Presented by Professor Denis Cormier.


3D Printing has traditionally been used to make mechanical, or structural, components. However, a wide variety of materials can be printed that perform other types of functions. For example, conductive circuit patterns may be printed using silver nanoparticle inks (electronic functionality). Copper microlattices may be printed to produce heat exchangers (thermal functionality). Lead zirconate titanate inks can be printed to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. The list goes on and on with magnetic, optical, biological, and other types of functional materials. This webinar will discuss a variety of materials, 3D printing methods, and applications that demonstrate the notion of multifunctional 3D printing.


Denis Cormier is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology where he also directs the New York State Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing Center. He has worked in the area of additive manufacturing and 3D printing for nearly 25 years. Much of his research has focused on metal additive manufacturing of aerospace alloys and engineering lattice structures. He was a founding member of ASTM's F-42 additive manufacturing standards group, and he is a long-time organizing committee member for SME's RAPID conference and exhibition. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for several journals including Additive Manufacturing, the Rapid Prototyping Journal.

NOTE: To sign up for the webinar log in with the below information or email kgamboa@iise.org to receive the meeting invite prior to the call.

Log into https://global.gotomeeting.com/join   Access code 314-209-229

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Message From the Editor  

Welcome to the 2019 M&D Fall Newsletter. In this issue, we will start by introducing our new 2019-2021 division volunteers that work together with the division members, to support manufacturing and design initiatives at IISE. You will also find highlights from the M&D track in the 2019 IISE Annual Conference and recognition of the 2019 M&D Awards Recipients. A student article by Austin Schorr of Penn State University highlights the Learning Factory, a unique asset available to all PSU engineering students. An announcement to our next M&D Division webinar by Prof. Denis Cormier of RIT is also included in the newsletter. Information about other webinars for 2019-2020 will be included in upcoming issues of the newsletter.
We look forward to your contributions to the 2020 M&D Track at the IISE Annual Conference, the call for abstracts of which you can find in this issue of the newsletter. Finally, we invite and encourage you to check our social media pages on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter where we include valuable and up-to-date information of the division activities and resources.

Thanks for taking the time to check out our Fall Newsletter and we look forward to seeing you through interactions on our social media pages.

Best Regards,

Alaa Elwany
External Relations Director
Associate Professor,  Texas A&M University

Newletter Adhoc Committee:
Dr. Wenmeng Tian
Assistant Professor
Mississippi State University
Dr. Yunbo Zhang
Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
Meet the M&D Division Volunteers
Manufacturing and Design Division Board, June 2019-June 2020


IISE M&D President

Guha Manogharan President Elect

Harry Pierson Secretary

        Alaa Elwany 
External Relations Director

Mostafa Bedewy Media Director

Advisory Board
Ad hoc Committees



The M&D Track at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference - A tale of great success!

The M&D track at the 2019 IISE Annual Conference comprised a total of 23 contributed, invited, and special sessions. Special thanks go to the 2019 M&D Track Chairs:
  • Dr. Denis Cormier (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Sanjay Joshi (Penn State University)
  • Dr. Paul Leu (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Mr. Kevin Vliet (Target)
  • Dr. Chuck Zhang (Georgia Tech),
Thanks also to the 2019 M&D Track Body of Knowledge (BoK) Committee:
  • Dr. Harry Pierson (University of Arkansas)
  • Mr. Steven Slover (Lincoln Electric)
Town Hall Meeting

The M&D Town Hall meeting held on Sunday, May 19 included over 75 attendees. The President delivered an overview of the division, summary of key activities, and introduced the new 2018-19 board members. The 2019 M&D Award winners were recognized and the Town Hall concluded with an open forum.
Special Thanks!

The M&D division is grateful to the sponsors of the 2019 Town Hall Meeting featured below:

IISE M&D Division Awards


Dr. Janis Terpenny
Penn State University
Dr. Saurabh Basu
Penn State University

Karl Schuchard
(Advisor: Dr. Rohan Shirwaiker)
North Carolina State University

Call for Abstracts & Papers
2020 IISE Annual Conference & Expo
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
May 30 - June 2, 2020
Track: Manufacturing & Design
Abstract/Paper Submission Website: http://conferenceabstracts.com/IISE2020.htm  

Dear colleagues,
The Manufacturing and Design Division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring the Manufacturing and Design Track at the 2020 IISE Annual Conference & Expo. The conference is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research and practitioner communities. The 2020 IISE Annual Conference & Expo will continue to integrate research and industry applications under one conference.
As track chairs of the Manufacturing and Design Track, we encourage you to contribute to the conference and track by submitting a 1 pg. extended abstract (template provided on the abstract submission website). Authors will be able to claim these works as refereed extended abstracts, which will be available on the conference website and can be cited. They will not be copyrighted or indexed in the official conference proceedings, and therefore there is no limitation on reusing extended abstract material for other purposes (e.g., toward the publication of journal papers or subsequent conference proceedings). Extended abstracts are welcome and read the accepted areas and more information here

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Best Regards,
Harry Pierson  hapierso@uark.edu
David Vance   vancecd@mail.uc.edu
Paul Cohen pcohen@ncsu.edu
Sanjay Joshi   sbj4@psu.edu

Manufacturing and Design Track Chairs
The Learning Factory b y Austin Schorr, Penn State University

Gaining industry experience while still undergoing schooling seems to be limited to Co-Ops and internships acquired solely by the individual student. The closest typical schoolwork can offer is second hand knowledge at best. Penn State's Learning Factory is a unique and valuable asset available to all PSU engineering students. 

The Learning Factory provides all engineering students as close to a real job experience as one could while still in the academic field.  Handling all College of Engineering capstone projects, 1,800 and counting, all of which have been sponsor by 500 different internal and external sponsors*. I have personally experienced this first hand while completing my Industrial Engineering capstone project in the fall of 2018. I can firmly say that Penn State's Learning Factory provided me and others the closest possible experience to actual industry work through, scale of the overall project the interdisciplinary teamwork, and freedom of the students. Read more here.

In Memorial - J Temple Black
By: Paul Cohen, Edgar S. Woolard Distinguished Professor
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University

May 16, 2019 the Institute lost a long-time member, colleague, contributor and friend as J Temple Black died just 25 days short of his 81st birthday. J was active over his career with the Manufacturing and Design and Operational Excellence (Lean) Divisions of the Institute. A Professor Emeritus at Auburn University, he will be remembered as lead author of Degarmo's Materials and Processes in Manufacturing and for his pioneering research in metal cutting and lean manufacturing. His scholarship and professional contributions were recognized when he was elected a Fellow of IISE in 1999. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Born in Rahway, NJ he developed a passion for industrial and manufacturing engineering as an undergraduate at Lehigh University and subsequently received an MS from West Virginia University and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. While his early work was in materials processing be became interested in manufacturing systems from his observations of how Japanese automobiles were produced. This led to his research and books on lean manufacturing. J's enthusiasm for the subject caused him to teach his lean course in retirement and continue to provide guest lectures as late as fall 2018. He also had a creative side that saw him author poetry and record his own songs.

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