IIE 2003 Regional Student Conference- March 2003
The 2003 IIE Regional Conference was a great success. Approximately 150 students from the schools in Clemson's region attended the event. It was a time to develop fellowship with other students studying the same field and a time to learn about different topics in Industrial Engineering.
The conference began with a welcoming address by Dr. Christian E.G. Przirembel, Clemson's VP for Research. He highlighted a couple areas of research that the students would have the opportunity to learn about during the conference, and he discussed the importance of staying involved in professional societies.
Several icebreakers then followed the welcoming address. Activities for the second day began with the technical paper competition. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to write and present outstanding technical papers. Matt Conn of Virginia Tech wrote the winning technical paper. The title was "Ergonomic Assessment of End-Processing Unit of the Virginia Tech Library." Second place was awarded to Ron Aman of NC State for "Estimating Point Data Registration Using Kohonen Self Organizing Map for Reverse Engineering." Third place was awarded to Gregory Riley of West Virginia University for "Shop - Towel Layout Design."
Students also had the opportunity to attend research tours during the day, which focused on several different research topics at Clemson such as virtual reality and bioengineering.
The next day offered students the chance to attend several different interactive workshops. One workshop was presented by General Electric and focused on how to develop an experimental design. Another workshop was called "Factory Flow? Child's Play!" and demonstrated concepts about factory flow.
Two Clemson graduate students presented "Modeling Humans in Inspection Systems: The use of Advanced Technology," which introduced the audience to several inspection improving techniques. The final workshop was presented by Clemson's Cooperative Education Director and focused on interviewing skills. The conference banquet on the final evening concluded the conference. The technical paper awards were presented and the keynote speaker was Mr. Roddy Gray, President of The Keynote Speakers Group. Mr. Gray delivered a humorous and touching message on "Leadership: It Ain't Natural."
Our thanks to our corporate sponsors, whose help made this conference possible.
Thanks also to Dr. William G. Ferrell, our faculty advisor, who kept us moving and provided just the right amount of advice.