As you well know, many of our universities are challenged with bringing in talented high school seniors into the industrial engineering programs as freshman. In interviews with hundreds of college industrial engineering students and young professional IEâ€™s, few had any knowledge of what an industrial engineering program was while they were in high school and most discovered our profession after their freshman year and switched majors into the IE program.
A few years ago, the IIE Industry Advisory Board (IAB) had an initiative which developed and sponsored a YouTube video contest targeted at high school students which was created by our university IIE chapters like yours. The result was very successful on several fronts with enhanced university chapter involvement, a touch point with our professional members to the universities and a communications tool that focused on high school students which has received thousands of YouTube hits from the various universities which have posted their videoâ€™s. The winners from the IIE National Conference held in Reno last year were:
2011 IIE IAB You-Tube Contest Winners:
First place was earned by Cal Poly SLO
volume is very low on this YouTube upload
Second place earned by Wichita State â€“ Dream Job
Third Place was earned by University of Tennessee â€“ Knoxville
In the region…University of San Diego on why you should consider becoming an Industrial Engineering
Along with knowing that this video maybe the reason why a new student selected Industrial Engineering as their major, our IAB Members have personally donated prize funds which will be presented at the upcoming IIE National Conference in Orlando, FL at the student mixer. First place winner with a monetary prize fund planned at $1000 with additional monetary prize awards for 2nd and 3rd place winners.
On behalf of our IIE IAB leadership team, we thank you in advance for considering to support this initiative for our future IEâ€™s, along with having a great time creating the video with your chapter.