Upcoming Events and Opportunities – March/April 2015

  • March 20, Plant Tour
  • March 20/21 or April 3/4, Scrum Certification Class
  • April 2, IIE Banquet to Honor Stan Settles
  • Apr 24th Plant tour: Compton Foundry – Continental Forge Company
  • April 30, 11 a.m. – Webinar/ Presentation of AF Volunteer Work and Results – “IE’s Bringing Profitability to Non-Profits
  • Calling for Lean, Project Management and other IE Tool presenters/speakers
  • Calling for Plant Tours
  • Calling for Happy Hour Hosts in your cities


March 20, Plant Tour: Boeing C-17 or New Long Beach Airport

  • The final plant tour selection is still in the works. For updates, please follow our posts in LinkedIn and Meetup.
  • 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.

March 20/21 or April 3/4, Scrum Certification Class

  • Vote for the class days you wish to attend   @ http://doodle.com/9xb5ebtppayx3wih
  • Vote for the location @ http://doodle.com/uvn856a97v5gvkq7
  • Cost: $200+ per member; $1500 per non-member (includes IIE membership);
  • Two day session
  • Minimum of 10 attendees to proceed with the class
  • Details will be finalized in the next week or so. Check back for updates.

April 2, 2015 IIE Banquet Honoring Stan Settles

Apr 24th Plant tour: Continental Forge – Compton Foundry

  • WhatContinental 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”.
  • How to access the Webinar -  Please RSVP using this link: http://www.iienet2.org/details.aspx?id=38670
  • Who can attend- Open to all
  • Cost – Free to listen

 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 mail Stella at smpsasing@gmail.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.  

Making Engineering Contagious for Kids

Feb 22 – 28, 2015

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 1 — (10 min) Short video clip – about Industrial Engineering – http://youtu.be/3K3-stVK0lM (shared by Ted M.)

Part 2 — (20 min) Manufacturing Game/ other variety too i.e., 5S Numbers game (from Ted M.); Learning Curve game (from Gregory B., IIE-Puget Sound Chapter)

Music in the background during the game – “A Race for Space” — http://www.npr.org/2015/02/15/385549238/first-listen-public-service-broadcasting-the-race-for-space

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 smpsasing@gmail.com, 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.

IIE LA/OC General Member’s Meeting

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.

Linda, Robert, Dorron, Della, Maryam, Michael, Kaz, Maria, Mike, Ted M., and Ted F.
(L-R) Linda, Robert, Dorron, Della, Maryam, Michael, Kaz, Maria, Mike, Ted M., and Ted F.

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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 http://meetu.ps/2BCPgz
  • 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 vicepresident@cppiie.org 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iie-la-oc-october-social-gathering-supply-chain-logistics-tickets-13543485931


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: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=l4ihvgeab&oeidk=a07e9mffljm71852e83

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: http://www.incose-la.org/events/speaker-meetings/speaker-series/548-20140812-indust-and-sys-engr-for-walt-disney-parks.html

For any questions, feel free to contact José Daniel Avila at jdavila.ie@gmail.com

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.