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IIE LA-OC December Social Meeting


Please join us for our upcoming Chapter Event!

What: Our December Social Meeting will focus on professional development, as well as touching upcoming opportunities for involvement in Chapter events, leadership, and conferences.

When: Thursday December 4th, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Eureka! Huntington Beach (Bella Terra Mall): 7631 Edinger Ave. #1524, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Why: Networking, amazing food, and exchange of ideas and experiences for professional development! This follows with a discussion of opportunities for involvement in Chapter events, volunteering, and leadership; the 2015 Regional Conference; and the 2016 IIE National Conference (to be held in a “magical” location in Southern California).

Do you want to further your career? Get the most out of your IE degree? Develop your professional contacts or leadership experience? Join us at Eureka! where we will network, discuss professional development and explore upcoming opportunities.

Post questions regarding this month’s topic to LinkedIn so we can discuss them as a group during our event.

How: RSVP right here on Eventbrite:

“IE in IT” at Cal Poly Pomona


IIE Cal Poly Pomona and IIE LA/OC Chapter Present

What: “IE in IT” with Guest Speakers: Maryam Salimi, Kiran Jotwani and Stella Mahakian

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Where: Building 17, Room 2626. Cal Poly Pomona: 3801 W Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768

Why: Learn about the role of IE’s in IT and how to apply Industrial Engineering skills in an IT environment.


  • Please RSVP at
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Parking is $3 (Instructions can be found below)

CPP Map Bldg 17

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Maria Pedregon at and (626) 675-1691



IE and Business Analytics at USC

Join IIE for the first event of our two part speaker series with the IIE LA/OC Chapter and speaker Carolyn Castillo. Carolyn, currently a Project Manager for the Center for Understanding Change and previously a Program Management Specialist at Boeing, will be sharing her insight on the application of industrial engineering in business.

What: IE in Business Analytics
Where: Taper Hall (THH) room 118 at USC
When: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 pm
Why: A chance to network with IIE student members and young professionals in the LA area, learn about the role of IEs in business analytics, meet Carolyn Castillo, and chat over some refreshments.

Don’t forget to connect with IIE LA to learn more about other activities and to share your input for future events.

See you there!

IIE LA-OC October Social Gathering – Supply Chain & Logistics

Please join us for our upcoming Chapter Event!

What: Our October Professional Networking Social Gathering will focus on Supply Chain & Logistics

When: Sunday October 12th, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Acapulco Mexican Restaurant: 6270 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

Why: Network, exchange ideas and discuss trends in Supply Chain & Logistics with peers from the Industry.

Learn about upcoming events, volunteering activities, webinars and Vegas 2015 Conference.

Post questions regarding this month’s topic to LinkedIn so we can discuss them as a group during our event.

How: RSVP right here on Eventbrite:


August 2014 Joint Meeting with INCOSE


Hello IIE LA and OC Professionals! We are pleased to announce that our upcoming event is a joint effort with INCOSE Los Angeles.

What:Overview of Industrial and Systems Engineering Applications for the Walt Disney Parks and Resort” by Kaz Takeda, Manager of Industrial Engineering at Disneyland Resort

Kaz Takeda

When: Tuesday August 12, 2014, 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.

5:30 – 6:15 pm Registration, Networking, Refreshments
6:15 – 6:30 pm Welcome & Announcements
6:30 – 7:45 pm Presentation followed by Q&A

Where: The Boeing Company. Bldg 17, Conf Room 109, 14900 Bolsa Chica Rd, Huntington Beach CA.

Site coordinator: Beth O’Donnell

How: Register online in the following link:

All participants are requested to register online prior to the event. Please RSVP by Friday, August 8th.

Visitors must arrive before 6:00 pm. Bring your picture identification to the meeting and check in with building Security.

Unfortunately, Foreign Nationals cannot be accommodated at the Boeing Huntington Beach Site.

Cost: No Cost for IIE Members. Please ensure that under Fee you select “Member” and under INCOSE Member # type “IIE“.

See visual aid as reference.INCOSE & IIE LA-OC Event 2014.08.12

Virtual Attendence login can be found at the bottom of the INCOSE announcement:

For any questions, feel free to contact José Daniel Avila at

Thank you and we are looking forward for your participation!

José Daniel Avila

IIE Los Angeles and Orange County Chapter President 2014

Remembering Dr. Gerry Nadler

Today the IIE Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors received word that our Past-President Dr. Gerry Nadler has passed away. We are sad to share this news with our IIE and USC family.

Dr. Gerry Nadler received USC’s Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, which recognizes faculty for “their notable contributions to the university, their profession and community.” Dr. James Moore, then department chair of the USC Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering wrote an article, which can be read on the Epstein Department website, to highlight a few of Dr. Nadler’s many contributions to USC and the Industrial Engineering profession.

Among his contributions to Industrial Engineering, Dr. Nadler served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers at both the local chapter and national levels. Dr. Nadler was recognized as an IIE Fellow and served as a leader, mentor, and advisor to the Institute and its members at all levels.

Dr. Nadler’s inspirational career began with the publication of a Ph.D. thesis, the introduction to which was  written by Dr. Lillian Gilbreth who is often recognized as the founder of our profession. As recently as Fall 2013, Dr. Nadler continued to be an active member of the USC community and taught a section of AME 503 New Product Development, a course that was held both in a physical classroom and broadcast on the internet. Few careers encompass such change and demonstrate such commitment to life long learning.

Many of us that have been members of the IIE and USC families have memories and stories about Dr. Nadler. The IIE Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors invites members to share those stories as comments on this page.

Congratulations on our IIE 2013 Gold Chapter Award

Dear LA and OC Members,

I am happy to announce that during the IIE 2014 Annual Conference, we received the IIE 2013 Gold Chapter Award. We thank our 2013 Chapter President Michael Hogan for his leadership, the Board of Directors and all our members for their engagement and support.

As 2014 Chapter President, I will continue executing our Strategic Plan and ensure to provide value to our members and IE community.

2013 IIE LA/OC Gold Chapter Award


Ability First and IIE Volunteer Opportunity

IIELA a& Ability First


AbilityFirst provides programs and services to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential. AbilityFirst’s programs for adults respect each person’s right of self-determination. They work to support the choices of men and women with disabilities to pursue activities and work that they find interesting, meaningful and enriching. AbilityFirst provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to learn job skills, and find employment, either at one of the three AbilityFirst Work Center, or directly with a company such as Ralphs Supermarkets or McDonalds.

Work Centers

The first work center opened in 1946, and today AbilityFirst operates three Work Centers in Los Angeles County – Los Angeles, Pasadena and Woodland Hills. These Centers offer paid work to adults with developmental and physical disabilities, providing jobs tailored to the skills and abilities of each individual. Job opportunities at the Work Centers include assembly, secure document shredding, packaging, sorting, collating, mailing and more.

A wide range of corporate clients have retained AbilityFirst for business services provided at the work centers including Union Bank, Charter Communications and DirecTV.

AbilityFirst Business Services meets many key corporate needs such as secure document shredding, sorting, packaging, assembly, fulfillment and mailing – while providing employment to individuals with disabilities. The workers are dependable, highly motivated and committed to quality work.


Project Potentials in Internal Operation or External Operation Improvements:

Assist Internal Operations Improvement – Warehouse Operations

Assist External Operations   Improvement – Pickup and Delivery operations

Deliverables include and not limited   to the ff.:

  •   VSM of operations

–       Times

–       Frequency

–       Quality

  •   Layout

–       Current state

  •   Bale storage
  •   Sorting area
  •   Shredding area

–       Future state

  •   Bale storage
  •   Sorting area
  •   Shredding area
  •   Storage needs
    •   Raw material storage
    •   Finished bale storage
    •   WIP (sorted but not shredded)


Deliverables include and not limited   to the ff.:

  •   Current state

–       How many bins per customer

–       How many customers

–       How often is pick up

–       VSM

»       Times

»       Frequency

»       Quality

–       Where is the “drop zone”

  •   Future state

–       Truck type (suitability)

–       Capacity per customer

–       “should we be making more trips with   smaller truck”




  1. Remotely (i.e., studying data provided using IE concepts and prepare a written summary of findings and recommendations)
  2. Active participant  (i.e.,  completing in person visits and working with operations during spare time)

Get some hands on experience and continue to learn by doing. If interested in applying your skills and volunteering your time with AbilityFirst, learn more and please contact Stella Mahakian at

Join us. Another chance to get to know AbilityFirst up close is this coming Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

IIE Los Angeles and Orange County Merge

Dear IIE OC and LA Members,

As a valued committed member of the Institute Industrial Engineers community, I felt it is important to keep you informed regarding our recent Chapter merge of Orange County and Los Angeles.


Early this year, there was an announcement from our IIE OC Board of Directors on regards to this matter. The bottom line is that the IIE OC membership has formally been merged to IIE LA Chapter to improve your membership experience and value.

Our IIE OC members likely might have noticed that chapter activities were challenged and those that you may have seen over the past years were often in partnership with the IIE LA Chapter. Recent events include the IIE Social Gathering on Sat. April 26 at Hero’s in Fullerton, IIE Chapter Meeting and Facilities Tour at Disneyland Resort and Western Region Student Conference held at Cal Poly Pomona last March. These all fell officially within the IIE OC boundaries but were actually facilitated by IIE LA assisting IIE OC leadership partners in attempts to revive the OC Chapter.

Unfortunately, the IIE OC Chapter continued to be challenged with sustaining a Chapter Leadership team which would have forced them to disband, leaving membership transferred into the general IIE membership without a home local chapter. IIE OC leadership didn’t want this to happen and they partnered with IIE LA and IIE’s Western Region to facilitate a merge with the IIE LA which is one of the ‘Gold Status’ active chapters in the nation. As a footnote, IIE OC had been part of the IIE LA Chapter in years past and always had a continued partnership with LA.

Our Objective

To provide a “borderless” home, community, networking and home chapter value to its members, reflective of the work realities in the community. The merged chapters will again provide a platform for the rebuilding of membership involvement across Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire communities of Southern California.

IIE LA’s Strategic Plan was crafted to allow Professional Development Social Gatherings in both areas of Los Angeles and Orange County. The concept is to provide a monthly event series to bring members together for professional development and fun social evenings. For the last 12+ months we have held events in Down Town Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fullerton and Anaheim.

Upcoming Events

· Professional Development Social Gatherings will be posted on our website and our IIE Los Angeles LinkedIn group. Each event will touch on IE core subjects and industries

· IIE Annual Conference will take place in Montreal, Canada on May 31st through June 3rd. Feel free to contact Kaz ( or me ( so we can connect at the conference

· Second IIE LA/Western Regional/Young Professional Conference in Vegas

As President of IIE LA, I welcome you into our Chapter knowing that our mission is to provide value to the SoCal IIE Membership.

If you have any specific questions for your Chapter, please do not hesitate to inquire with Mike Duncan Chapter President Elect or myself

Thank you and again welcome to our IIE Los Angeles Chapter!

José Daniel Avila, Jr.

IIE Los Angeles Chapter President 2014