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,
IIE Los Angeles-Orange County
Chapter President, 2015
Direct: (562) 208-2581
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.
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”.
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:
What- 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.
Where- Compton, CA; Happy Hour to follow at La Huasteca, Lynnwood, CA
Who can attend- Members and invited guests. Space is limited.
Cost– $10 Members; $15 Non-members. Pay at the door.
Restrictions- Please wear closed toe shoes; no shorts please.
April 30, 11 a.m. – Webinar/ Presentation of AF Volunteer Work and Results – “IE’s Bring Profitability to ‘Non-Profits'”
What- IIE Webinar
Why – IIE Los Angeles supports community development programs locally by collaborating with local members to design and implement engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. In this case, our members work with a member of the nonprofit community to find appropriate industrial engineering based solutions to improve operational efficiency thereby decreasing dependence on charitable funding and government sponsored programs. This webinar reviews our involvement with AbilityFirst which, in this case, provides programs for adults with disabilities and special needs. The work center in this study provides secure paper shredding services to the public, while teaching and helping participants reach their full potential throughout their lives. The work center environment offers a range of employment, recreational and socialization special needs programs for the participants. While most of AbilityFirst programs qualify for funding through the state-supported Regional Centers, government support provides only about half of the dollars necessary to deliver high quality programs and services. The presentation illustrates how applying industrial engineering skills helped transform the work center from a “cost center” to a “profit center”.
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 mail Stella at email@example.com.
Calling for Lean, Project Management and other IE Tool presenters/speakers – 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.
Interested in volunteering for Engineering week (E-week)? Here is one opportunity at local high school in Huntington Beach. Though they currently do not have an E-week, the STEM teacher is hoping that the IE presentation will stir up interests for next year. We encourage all IE’s to part of any Engineering/Science initiatives when possible. If interested, here are some 50 min time frame that anyone can do at a nearby school — a presentation/ game/ Q&A with the students.
For next week, here are the time blocks for the volunteers:
Period 1 (840- 9:30)
Period 3 (9:37- 10:27)
Period 2 (9- 9:50) and
Period 4 (10:12 – 11:02)
For Presentations, here is a sample line up (these are subject to change):
Part 3 — (10 min) Close with presentation/conversation (with assistance from Stephen S., IIE-Puget Sound Chapter)
Let’s invest some time for our future engineers, now or in the near future! We still got the rest of 2015. If interested in attending this Engineering week volunteer stint, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will see if I can add you to the roster for Tuesday.
Let us know in the comment section if there are E-week events that you are attending or if you are interested in joining us in our next volunteer event.
Last January 31, 2015, IIE LA/OC kicked off the year. Our guest speaker, Della Mahone, talked about her views on “Leadership” and facilitated our group activity. We also had an open discussion about involvement opportunity for upcoming events. The event ended with networking. Thank you to all who attended.
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.