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UI plans September activities during "Iowa Industrial Engineering
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Although many people associate the month of September
with football, students, staff and faculty at the University of Iowa College
of Engineering are preparing to mark the month with a series of engineering-related
activities, all because Gov. Terry Branstad recently proclaimed the month
of September 1998 "Iowa Industrial Engineering Month."
According to Gary Fischer, UI associate professor of industrial engineering,
activities organized by the three Iowa senior chapters and two university
student chapters of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) will include:
* A Sept. 3 picnic by the Cedar Rapids Area and UI chapters at the
* A Sept. 15 IIE tour of Kinze Manufacturing by the Cedar Rapids Area,
Central Iowa and Mississippi Valley chapters, followed by dinner at the
Amana Barn Restaurant.
* Displaying posters describing Iowa Industrial Engineering Month in
various industrial and public locations.
* Providing Iowa high school counselors with information about industrial
engineering as a career choice.
Fischer says that the proclamation, which also resulted from the joint
efforts of the IIE chapters, is an attempt to inform people of the great
variety of activities that benefit from the efforts of industrial engineers.
The proclamation describes industrial engineering as a profession that
integrates "people, processes, information, and other resources to
enhance global competitiveness in all segments of society" and industrial
engineers as engineers who work in a wide range of jobs in "manufacturing,
government, academia, health care, service industries, and not-for-profit
agencies." Fischer adds that the Aug. 11 signing ceremony in Des
Moines was attended by members of government agencies, commercial and private
businesses, and academic institutions from across the state.