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

IIE Los Angeles April 2014 Event

What: Our April Professional Networking Social Gathering will focus on Supply Chain & Logistics and Chapter Growth Initiative

When: April 26 2014, 1:00pm-3pm

Where: Heroes Bar & Grill – 125 W. Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton CA 92832

Why: Be a part of your organization’s growth this year as well as enjoy professional development, networking and happy hour.

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

IIE Los Angeles March 2014 Event

Hello IIE LA Professionals, here is what’s happening this March 2014. See you there!

What: IIE Los Angeles March Event. The topic for this month is “IIE LA Strategic Plan and Membership Survey Results”

When: March 20, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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

Why: Be a part of your club’s development this year as well as enjoy professional development, networking and happy hour. Post questions regarding our topic, so we can discuss this as a group during our event.

How: Click and RSVP via the link to Eventbrite below.

IIE Los Angeles 2014 Leadership Team

I am happy to announce our IIE Los Angeles 2014 Leadership Team!

We are looking forward for a great year to provide, networking,  personal growth, career opportunities and increase IE value to Southern California organizations and community.

Please visit our About Page ( to find more details.

“Engineers make things, Industrial Engineers make things better”


IIE National Election Update

The IIE National Election is underway.

Our chapter’s own Jim Moore is a candidate for IIE National President so your vote is even more important this year.

Polls close
January 15, 2014
at 9:00pm Pacific

Get help voting

If you did not receive an email with your ballot or you need help casting your vote then contact Check your email (and spam folder) for a message from Survey and Ballot Systems.

See the December issue of Industrial Engineer magazine for more information.

IIE Los Angeles Chapter Las Vegas Meeting 2013

About the Event

March 1-3, 2013 in Las Vegas

IIE Los Angeles welcomes Western Region members to Las Vegas! Join us for a weekend of ideas, professional development and entertainment. Meet IIE members from across the Western United States. Special hotel rate available until 2/6/2013 (see below for details).

Register today

Visit to register.


March 1-3, 2013

Friday (6:00 PM – Close) – Reception and networking

Saturday (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) – Speakers and extended workshop sessions

Advanced Leadership Track – This track will explore how to understand and manage social demographic attributes within a work group, showing how Meyers-Briggs style frameworks can be factored into Engineering Management methods.

Big Data Track – Participants will learn how industrial engineers can leverage Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools within their work. Free and paid tools will be explored. Using services like Google Earth, industrial engineers can visualize and model social geographic information.

Saturday Evening Social (9:00 PM) – Penn & Teller

Known for their outrageous blending of comedy and magic, that often skewers the genre of traditional magic, Penn & Teller’s live show has been a hit on Broadway and around the country and now has a permanent home in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Every guest gets to meet Penn & Teller in the theater lobby after every show!

Sunday (9:00 AM – Noon) – Engineering Tour


$89 Special IIE Conference Hotel Rate

Click here to reserve your room online by 2/6/2013

Every room is a suite at the Rio! The Rio hosts more than 2,500 suites, providing spectacular views of Las Vegas. Every suite offers more than 600 square feet of spacious luxury, including a separate dressing area, couch, 32-inch TV, table with chairs, hairdryer, in-suite refrigerator, iron, ironing board and complimentary in-suite safe.

Problems reserving your room? Contact the hotel reservation desk at 888-746-6955 on or before 2/6/2013 to enjoy IIE’s discounted rate of $89/night. Use the Group Code “SRIIE3″.

Hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diners Club.

Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Any departures after 11:00 AM are subject to the full day charge.

Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest twenty-one (21) years of age or older.