User Experience Design from an IE Perspective

Meet one of the minds behind the Innovation Cell.

Facility Location: Boeing Innovation Cell Room, Bldg. 16, Huntington Beach, CA
August 22, Monday 5-6 pm; Check in 4:45pm
Must be a US Citizen
RSVP by August 18, Thursday 12 noon.


Boeing Visitors: Visitors at the Boeing facility will be required to check in at the security by 4:45 pm, to present valid photo identification (driver’s license, passport, green card) and to get a visitor’s badge from our on-site security.
The security will have the list of registered visitors (as of Thursday noon), so visitors will have badges ready.

Lean Healthcare Symposium

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An opportunity for participants to get the “big picture” of Lean Healthcare then with context, discuss local issues and improvement challenges with other frontline “warriors.”

In 2014, The White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued the so-called PCAST report recommending using Systems Engineering for the highly complex challenges in modern healthcare, stating: “…Systems Engineering know-how must be propagated at all levels [of healthcare]” and “Implementation of [systems engineering] bears potential not only to improve the efficiency of [health] care delivery, but also to improve its quality.” Download the entire Flyer for details.

Preview:  Strategic Partnership of Healthcare and SE

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)


Loyola Marymount University – 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

 Lunch will be provided.


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IISE LA-OC Vendor Presentation 2017

We have the opportunity to invite vendors to demo their products using an actual case study. This is a great way to introduce our members to the latest ISE tools available. The tools can aid us in time study, simulation, planning, leveraging macro in excel just to name a few.

There are currently 5 vendors interested in presenting a case study on the application of their products, namely:

  • FlexSim
  • ProPlanner
  • JMP
  • Qi Macro
  • Minitab

This is open to local vendors interested as well.

To kick this off, decisions from the BOD are needed to decide on the following:

  1. Specific Date of event (January/February 2017)
  2. Venue with presentation and remote access capability if possible
  3. Sponsorship
  4. Speaker
  5. Marketing Strategy
  6. Refreshment options
  7. Six Sigma Training session (before or after)

We are now T-7 months before this event. If you are interested in volunteering and assisting with the committee in charge of the abovementioned, kindly email


June Networking Opportunity & Event: Webinar & Speaker Presentation

Meeting Place: Hummus House, 12211 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Date & Time: June 25, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

Webinar: Watch an IIE previously broadcasted presentation on “Data Analytics”

Speaker Presentation: “Financial Planning” by Linda Dorfmont

Dinner: Order up before, while watching or after

RSVP: In our meetup site or email –  to provide

Hope to see you there!

Cal Poly Pomona IE Wins First Place

Cal Poly IE wins first place at Cal Poly Pomona Engineering Project Showcase.

Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering held a “Project Showcase” taking the best of the best from each engineering program. The winner of the 2016 showcase was “Optimization of Phone Cal Handling at Daylight Transport” submitted from the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering program. The Team included Breanne De Anda and Kyle Smith with Dr. Kamran Abedini as their advisor.


This is a great accomplishment for the IME program who earned the top ranking from an extremely talented group of students.




Report Back: IISE National Conference 2016

Last May 21 – 24, 2016, The National IISE Conference was held in Disneyland, Anaheim CA. It has been a long time coming, and IISE LA-OC Chapter was there to help make this event a success. Thank you to all who attended and volunteered.


After all is said and done, here are some data from the conference.

1600+ Industrial and Systems Engineers attended the conference held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA.

150+ Presented applications of IE tools and basic principles to emerging ones

20+ Exhibited from innovators to education programs that will enhance your careers

4  Plant tours of local businesses from various industries in Southern California showcasing their initiatives to becoming efficient makers or service providers in their own market space

3+ Chapter and Member awards

1   Industrial and Systems Engineers community gathered to continue to learn more perspectives and to find the “one best way” (Lilian Gilbreth).

Great experience overall.

On Rebranding

We are now IISE. Practicing what we preach in our workplace, we evolve and drive change within us. Take a glimpse at this rebrand video from the 2016 National Conference.

Member Highlights

Check out some photos curated from the IIE Annual National Conference 2016. The chapter members received some outstanding recognitions for the Institute of Industrial Systems and Engineers Wall of Honor:

1- Excellence Award Professional Chapters: Gold LA/OC Professional Chapter, Mike Duncan

2- Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award – Kazuo Takeda, Disney

3- Outstanding Faculty Advisors Awards: Global level honoree, Western region, Kamran Abedini, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Congratulations to our member honorees!


Sunday Keynote speaker, Brian Betts of Disneyland:

“You cannot spell these words without IE: Disney, Immersive, Efficient, and Innovative.”

Be “Masters of time….”

“The new gold rush from the west, Data.”

In our IE toolbox, “Traditional method like Time studies will always have its place.”

Call to action: “Elevate our capabilities… [R]aise our ‘IE’ game in the space of technology and information”   

Speaker Ted Mayeshiba highlights the role of IE should play to drive Lean:

“Starting at continuous improvement… sustainment of CI will fail;” start with the foundation instead and build up lean.  From a system’s architect perspective, the impact to the latter will be more profound. Ted’s call to action to us is “Can we take advantage of the name change?”

Look at the system as a “Heart” (Charles Keating).

According to Kevin McManus, there are three key performance effective restrictors.

One of them is the high ratio of associates to a leader. Considering a ballpark figure, the ideal ratio is 5 associates per leader which will allow them to have the energy to expend for additional continuous improvement (CI) projects, otherwise their energy to support CI projects will be very low. The leaders will spend their time putting out fires with higher associate to leader ratio. “We are not going to get more time,” so IE’s should make use of freeing up some time by providing visual management.

Tuesday Keynote speaker, Jack ReVelle: “Use the Seven tools  of quality as a good summary of IE tools.”

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer will continue to aid companies to find that one best way as laid out for us as systems thinker.

Save the Date!

The IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2017 will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Come back and visit this website again for more 2016 highlights and news about the 2017 conference.

Invitation to Attend, Volunteer or Judge: C-STEM Competition

Join some of your fellow ISEs at this STEM event.

Saturday, 5/21/2016 from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at University HS.

The C-STEM Center invites you to become a volunteer for our annual C-STEM Day, benefiting K-14 STEM education. Check the form to volunteer. Forward to friends with interest (and have them bring their kids).

Location: 4771 Campus Dr. Irvine, CA 92612

Fill out this volunteer form if interested.

Share this volunteer flyer: cstemdayvolunteer2016a

Job Opening at Smart and Finals


Location: Los Angeles Area

Job description:

This position reports to the Manager of Supply Chain Engineering and is responsible for maintaining engineered standards in the distribution centers. This position develops and facilitates continuous process improvement within the supply chain to achieve target levels of customer service, ROI, sales volume, profitability, and productivity, specifically, but not limited to, the areas of Distribution, Transportation, and Store Operations. This includes the identification of problems through analysis, creating sustainable solutions, and collaborating with key decision makers on supply chain strategies. Areas of concentration include channel strategy, supply chain metrics, and inventory management strategy and execution.

Minimum requirements:

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s (BA/BS) degree in an engineering discipline (or the equivalent combination of education and experience) is required with a minimum of 2-5 years directly related prior experience in logistics, supply chain management, or store engineering

Prior experience in warehousing, inventory, order fulfillment, customer service, transportation, and distribution center operations/processes are also required. Retail Management Certificate is desirable.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

· Main resource for knowledge of Engineered Standards for two distribution centers. In charge of maintaining up to date engineered standards. Extracts data from various systems and databases using various tools to analyze operational data. Identify opportunities for improvement using tools such as SQL, database tools, spreadsheets, internal report portal, etc.

· Analyzes and Summarizes data as needed and put into appropriate format for use in Supply Chain projects (spreadsheet, database, report, presentation, Labor management systems, etc.).

· Partners with Transportation, Distribution, Engineering, and Replenishment Buying leadership to understand the scope of projects, prepare data, present updates, and participate in ongoing projects.

· Performs essential functions that support the labor management system.

· Supports development and maintenance of supply chain budgeting and performance analysis tools (budgets, portal scorecard, LE, etc.).

· Understands and maintains working knowledge of unique systems within Supply Chain (Aldata GOLD Suite, Red Prairie, Direct Route, Optricity, Supply, Chain Guru, internal Databases, etc.) so as to facilitate data retrieval, analysis, and reporting.

· Ability to learn interaction between systems to quickly gather data from different sources and perform analysis.

· Must be technically apt, and computer savvy.

· Serve as an internal knowledge base for Labor Management system, will eventually become one of the “Super users” of the Red Prairie Labor Management system.

· Responsible for carrying out company policies, rules and procedures.

· Responsible for maintaining various elements in Labor management system.

· Responsible for leading Lean A3’s including statistical analysis.

· Responsible for data analysis related to Promo planning.

· Responsible for developing KPI’s and other tools that lead to improved DC processes and results.

· Strategic planning for the purpose of growth – 5 year plan and longer term growth.

· Conduct strategic and tactical analyses specific to the operations at the distribution center.

· Create and maintain engineered standards in one more Distribution Centers within the Smart & Final Logistics Network and provide best documentation, as needed.

· Project manage DC efficiency initiatives, which may include.

· Minimize shrink, loss and damage.

· Increasing inventory turns and reducing on hand quantities.

· Facility and product layout utilization.

· Project manage several Supply Chain initiatives, which may include.

· Updating the 5 year Distribution and Transportation plans.

· Reducing ordering and acquisition cycles, assessing full DC inventory for direct shipments.

· Reducing inventory and administrative costs.

· Recommend changes to policies and guidelines to enhance Supply Chain objectives and support continuous improvement.

· Identify, elevate, and manage operational excellence projects as defined by the project’s return on investment and net present value while maintaining key service level indicators (Quality, Accuracy, On-Time Metrics).

· Train management and supervisors on new and improved methods, as they apply to their routine jobs and responsibilities.

· Manage multiple project assignments and timeliness as directed.

Candidates must possess the following skills:

· Extensive experience with the functions of a PC in a Windows related Operating System.

· Advanced proficiency in Word, Excel (macros, modeling, and data management), and PowerPoint.

· Advanced Microsoft Access (database creation, tables, forms, queries, reports, macros).

· Must have intermediate skills working SQL and/or other database languages.

· Prior project management experience is required.


Fax Number: (888) 881-1365

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IISE & INCOSE Invitation – Agile Systems Engineering Planning Using Six Thinking Hats

INCOSE is sharing an event with ISE LA-OC.  

Agile Systems Engineering Planning Using Six Thinking Hats

Presenters: Phyllis Marbach & Laurie Buss

Monday, May16, 2016

7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Pizza and Networking

7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Seminar

No charge, non-members welcome!

Location: Loyola Marymount University, Hilton Center for Business Building(HIL-E-4-on Map), Room 302

Chair: Dr. Mehrdad Sharbaf-Adjunct Professor-LMU

RSVP required by May 15, 2016 to Dr. Sharbaf at

More information is available at this IEEE Computer Society-May 2016-Flyer

For Map and Direction:

Loyola Marymount University  |  1 LMU Drive,  Los Angeles, CA 90045