IIE Los Angeles

“Further On up the Road”

Dear Los Angeles and Orange County members,

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,

Mike Duncan
IIE Los Angeles-Orange County
Chapter President, 2015
Direct: (562) 208-2581
mjcduncan@gmail.com

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