IIE LA/OC presents: “Advanced Excel & Power BI Lab”

October 23rd, 2015 | 6 – 7:30


The IIE Los Angeles/Orange County chapter’s October event will be a hands-on workshop for one of the most frequently used analysis tools worldwide: Microsoft Excel. Bring your laptop and join us at USC for a lab that will include discussion and demonstration of intermediate to advanced topics, such as:

– spreadsheet and dashboard design
– pivot tables and charts
– lookup, format and parsing functions
– time intelligence
– introduction to Power BI tools (PowerPivot, PowerQuery, Power Maps)

Details as follows:

Date: October 23rd, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: USC – OHE 120
Cost: $30  |  Covers registration and a special packet, including a USB drive with workshop files, and other useful items.

RSVP: EventBrite

IIE National Conference (Disneyland / May 2016) – Sponsorship Opportunity

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The Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is assisting in planning for the IIE Annual Conference, which will be held May 21-24, 2016, at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. The event will include educational sessions, facility tours, keynote speakers, facility tours, networking events and more. To make this event a success, we need support from your company in facility tour locations, exhibitors, speakers and/or corporate sponsorship.

Our organization’s mission is to provide knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of the Industrial and Systems Engineering profession and those individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Depending on how you support the conference, we can include you in marketing materials as well as recognize your company on the conference website and at the event.

IIE offers additional benefits to your company:

Facility tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at continuous improvement in action at various facilities in a variety of industries. If you take pride in your company’s success, this is one great venue to showcase your improvements.

Exhibitors can certainly leverage the time when academia and industry join together for this major engineering professional event. Attendees who need to drive bottom-line improvements want to see solutions. Others may want to join your staff or advance their skills through your programs. Exhibit at this conference, and you could meet all those needs.

Conference sponsorships advertise your company while supporting the community. We anticipate over 1,600 industrial and systems engineering attendees that you can reach. Plus thousands more visit the IIE Annual website and will see your company’s support.

The type of sponsorship you give is completely up to you. As mentioned, we need facility tour locations, exhibitors, speakers and corporate sponsorships. The following are some options to consider when considering our sponsorship requests:

____ Facility Tour: Full name of tour facility, contact name, facility address, day/date/time for tour, capacity/limit of tour attendees (typically 20-25), any restrictions to tour, and 50-word description of facility tour for promotional piece

____ Exhibitors: Contact name, phone number and description for conference marketing materials and website

____ Speakers: Contact name, phone number and abstracts (due Nov. 8, 2015)

____ Corporate Sponsorships: Contact name, phone number and description on conference marketing materials and website

If you are interested in sponsoring, please give us a call or email. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions. Thank you for your time.

Interested or have questions? Email events@iiela.org



Facility Tour: Pelican

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in design and manufacture of both high-performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems.

When: August 28, 2015; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Where: 23215 Early Ave., Torrance, CA 90505

RSVP: Pelican Facility Tour

Additional Details:

  • Max tour ppl allowed: 10-15
  • Requirement:
    • First and Last Name
    • Name of Employer
    • Close toe shoes and long trousers

RSVP: Pelican Facility Tour

See you there!


Universal Studios Hollywood is seeking top talent to support key quality projects for their theme park operations. They are hiring a Sr. Quality Analyst with an Industrial Engineering background to join their team at Universal City, CA. This is a great opportunity for you or someone in your network to truly impact a growing organization.

The Sr. Quality Analyst will work behind-the-scenes and get an exclusive look at the park operations of Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park. This role will provide analytical support for multiple, concurrent, Quality projects, in order to provide significant value through increased efficiency or incremental revenue with a focus on balancing business results, guest satisfaction, and employee satisfaction initiatives. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership, strong analytical skills, and a good work ethic.

Please visit their website to view a full description and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25354&siteid=5108&jobid=274868

Interested or have questions? Contact Rosenda Teta  |  Sr. Recruiter  |  T: 818-622-8743  |  rosenda.teta@nbcuni.com

2016 National IIE Conference Committe Invitation

Dear IIE LA/OC Community,

We hope that all is well with you this summer and that you have noticed several of our memberships were highlighted in the latest IIE Solutions magazine which featured events from the 2015 National IIE Conference in Nashville. Over 1600 of our IE peers came together making it a great event. As you may already know our 2016 National IIE Conference will be held at our Chapter location in the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. We are extremely excited and proud to be a part of this international event. In preparation for 2016 IIE Annual Conference; host committee is asking IIE members from business and industry, students, and community to work with us in planning and execution capacity in the positions listed below. There are leadership and committee member opportunities available in the following area:

  1. Conference Partner/Sponsorship Support
  2. Facility Tour Support
  3. Communications Support.

There will be Bi- Weekly calls requesting all committee members to provide status updates during the call starting late July (TBD). By participating and joining the committee, you will have an opportunity to meet business partners from different industries while adding value by sharing your expertise on different area of the Planning, Coordination, Communication and Execution.

If you are interested in any of the positions, please send us an email at “maryamsalimi@yahoo.com” by July 28 and indicate the following:

Title of the email: “2016 committee request”

  • Your name and email address
  • Industry experience
  • Area of the Responsibility – Select from below:
  1. Conference Partner/Sponsorship Support
  2. Facility Tour Support
  3. Communications Support

As 2016 host committee chair, I thank all of you in advance for taking the time to read the invite and for your continuous support. I look forward to working with you in making this event another great success for all of us. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at maryamsalimi@yahoo.com.


Maryam Salimi

President Elect  |  IIE 2016 Host Committee Chair

If you have any direct questions, feel free to contact our chapter leadership, Maryam Salimi maryamsalimi@yahoo.com, Michael Duncan mjcduncan@gmail.com or myself smpsasing@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities – May thru Dec 2015

  • May 23rd – 24th – ScottishFest at Costa Mesa. “Come meet the president of IIE and see him throw a log.” Follow the link for more information: www.ScottishFest.com
  • May 30th – Jun 2nd  – IIE Annual Conference in Nashville
  • June date TBD: Harbor Tour of Beach Cities Area and Happy Hour
  • July date TBD: “3D Printing” @ Direct Digital with Mark Kaspersak, Long Beach Library. Technical skill / application focused meeting, from design to printing process.
  • Moved to later date, TBD – “Breaking,” a Book Presentation and Practice
  • August 15th – Plant tour: Pelican Plant Mfg. plant (Pelican.com)
  • August date TBD: Lecture series – “Lean in Healthcare” with Dr. Oppenheim
  • September date TBD: Elections
  • September date TBD: Dinner Honoring New YP members / New Grad/ New Members / New President 2016. This will be at Pala Casino with guest Dr. Rick Olsen and a presentation of USC built Disney data and technical paper.
  • October date TBD: Gaming night and Lecture series – Dr. Jack ReVelle in partnership with ASQ
  • November date TBD: Green Belt Training
  • December date TBD: End of year gathering and award
  • Calling for Networking Event Host in your Areas
  • Calling for Plant Tours
  • Calling for Happy Hour Hosts in your cities


Please visit us again for more details about our upcoming events. Stay tune for our event emails and newsletters via mail chimp coming your way soon.

Opportunity for Involvement

We have over 300 members. One way to help advance this chapter and worldwide organization, promote and unite ISE profession in our local chapter is through events such as plant tours, professional presentations, and networking events/happy hours. With this in mind, we are calling on all IE’s to seek or to provide opportunities that all IE’s can be part of either as students and/or teachers, to share knowledge, train, network and recognize. If interested in providing support to all or any of the opportunities below, please email, event organizer, Stella at smpsasing@gmail.com.

  • Calling for Lean, Scrum, Project Management and other IE Tool presenters/speakers to share knowledge and best practices that works for you. 
  • Calling for Plant Tours – If you know of any facilities open to educational/technical tours relevant to IE’s and are willing to be a liaison or to provide a contact info from that company, please email us.
  • Calling for Event Host – Interested in hosting an event near you, please let us know and we can assist in setting that up.   

“Further On up the Road”

Dear Los Angeles and Orange County members,

As we continue through March and go into the second quarter of 2015, I can’t help but think of how much I’m looking forward to the rest of this new year. My name is Michael Duncan (call me Mike), and I am honored to be serving YOU as the President of the IIE Los Angeles & Orange County chapter for 2015. As an IE going on 9 years working for UPS, I work in the South Bay for our Freight Forwarding & Customs Brokerage business unit. Anyway, enough about me and back to the story.

In case you’re not a rock or blues fan, “Further On up the Road” is a great blues tune that Eric Clapton made popular, one that particularly stuck in my mind the other day. What kept my attention was the rhythm and the title, which struck me – they both drive forward, with an aggressive beat and a steadfast sense of optimism. Like this song, I see signs of optimism as our economy moves forward (one step at a time): overall unemployment seems to be improving, the port congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach is slowly clearing up, and opportunities will be opening up for our peers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of industrial engineers is projected to grow 5% from 2012 to 2022; with the expected turnover from an aging workforce, the role of the IE will continue to be a highly desired and demanded job with increased opportunities at all levels.

However, this optimism isn’t only constrained to the big picture. While your chapter has worked hard in the past and been awarded “Gold” chapter status from IIE headquarters, the chapter leadership continues to find new ways to improve events and programming for our membership. For example, our January meeting centered on leadership and introduced several Scrum methodologies that can be put to use at work. In March, we are hosting a plant tour of the UPS Air Gateway at the Long Beach Airport, including a special tour of one of our ‘Browntail’ fleet. In fact, further on up the road we will be the Host Chapter supporting the IIE National Conference in Anaheim in 2016.

The bottom line is that this is a time to be optimistic. Our profession is alive and growing, the need for IEs has never been greater, and your Chapter is working hard to provide valuable programs AND opportunities for volunteer leadership – the kind of opportunities that provide experiences supporting professional growth, and points you can leverage in career development.

Contrary to Francis Bacon’s famous quote, knowledge is not power; only applied knowledge reaches its potential.  Join me at our events this year, stop by and connect with peers and colleagues, or give back through serving the profession. These are all ways to help each of us reach our potential, and I look forward to seeing you further on up the road.

Thanks and Best Regards,

Mike Duncan
IIE Los Angeles-Orange County
Chapter President, 2015
Direct: (562) 208-2581

IIE LA/OC Plant Tour: Continental Forge Tour


Continental Forge Company is involved with all types of products that serve Aerospace Commercial, Military, Defense, Automotive and Marine transportation. Here is a company with a vision to be one of the leading aluminum forgers in the industry.

RSVP: Eventbrite


April 24, 2015; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Compton, CA; Networking to follow at the facility


Members, Non-members and Students


• Member cost: $5
• Non-Member cost: $10
• Student Member/Non-member: $5

RSVP: Eventbrite

Webinar: “IE’s Bring Profitability to ‘Non-Profits’” on April 30 at 11AM PST

IIE Stella and Ted

  • What- IIE LA-OC broadcasted through HQ presents: “IE’s Bring Profitability to ‘Non-Profits’” Webinar
  • When: April 30, 2015 from 11AM to 12PM PST
  • Why: IIE Los Angeles-Orange County supports community development programs by collaborating with local members to design and implement engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. This webinar reviews our involvement with AbilityFirst which provides programs for adults with disabilities and special needs. The presentation illustrates how applying industrial engineering skills helped transform the work center from a “cost center” to a “profit center”.
  • How to access the Webinar: Please RSVP using this link: http://www.iienet2.org/details.aspx?id=38670
  • Who can attend- Open to all members and non-members
  • Cost – Free to listen.

We hope that you see value on what we are doing for our comminity and join our future local events!

IIE LA/OC Plant Tour – UPS LGB Gateway (with Airplane/Browntail tour)

March 20, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

What: IIE LA/OC Plant Tour – UPS Gateway (with Airplane / Browntail tour) at the Long Beach Airport

Registration Link: Eventbrite

Networking / Professional Happy Hour to follow at California Fish Grill located at 3801 N Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, CA. The ticket fee includes one meal, one drink and up to total amount of $15 per person (excludes tax and tip).

When: March 20, 2015; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: 4600 E Spring St., Long Beach CA, 90815

There are security requirements and 15 pots available.


  • Member cost: $25
  • Non-Member cost: $30
  • Student Member/Non-member: $20

Not available for networking, the costs are as follows:

  • Member cost: $5
  • Non-Member cost: $10
  • Student Member/Non-member: $5

Registration Link: Eventbrite

See you at the tour!