IIE Annual 2015 – Lessons from NASA, Student Track and a fond farewell

By David Brandt
IIE Web managing editor

IIE would like to thank all of the attendees, speakers, special guests, exhibitors and sponsors who joined us this year in for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015. We closed out the final day just like we started – beneficial track sessions, a fascinating and informative keynote presentation and nonstop networking.

The final keynote speaker on Tuesday was Nancy J. Currie, a principal engineer with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and a veteran astronaut. In her presentation, Currie underscored the hard lessons learned through tragic accidents in the NASA space shuttle program. She discussed the importance of a rigorous systems engineering integration function in the design and operation of complex systems as well as the need for independent checks of critical models and rigorous independent analysis and testing to anchor models and simulations. Like the previous keynote speakers, attendees were intrigued and left with a lasting impression as they headed to sessions afterward.

Students also took part in the conference’s Student Track, where they learned more about how to jumpstart their careers and build a professional network. General sessions winded down as the Exhibit Hall came to a close as well, and many attendees departed home with new knowledge and solutions that will help them get things done for their companies and organizations.

Don’t forget to participate in IIE’s social network all year long – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+. Be sure to share your favorite moments from #IIEAnnual including comments on keynote presentations, lessons learned from track sessions and appreciation for your fellow IIE members and industrial engineering colleagues.

More #IIEAnnual tweets …

  • Nancy Currie (@Astro_Buckeye): Honored to deliver the keynote address at the annual IIE conference today. Great audience & awesome organization. #IIEAnnual #iie2015
  • Michael Foss (@MDFoss): At the IIE Young Professionals Town Hall #IIEAnnual with big plans for 2015-16 to increase involvement.
  • Brian Green (@BrianGreen_NEU): The #IIEAnnual conference was so valuable to me, both as an IE student and a leader of @IIENortheastern. Can’t wait to apply what I learned!
  • Ohio State IIE (@ohiostateiie): So interesting to learn about @ESTIEMtweets, the student-run IE organization in Europe! #IIEAnnual
  • Kayse Maass (@KayseMaass): Much needed talk by @RenataKonrad at #IIEAnnual on how #OperationsResearch can help anti-#humantrafficking efforts
  • Christopher Cullum (@ctcullum): Grateful to @iienet for the amazing conference this year. Looking forward to today and taking best practices back home with me. #IIEAnnual

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