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Let Data Drive - A Platform to Keep Employees Safe

February 9, 2021 @ 5PM on Zoom

Presenter: Lucas Bradford, Modjoul

Modjoul's mission is to prevent workplace injuries while keeping employees operating at their highest productivity. Modjoul couples wearable devices and a data platform which provides entirely new insights to employees and employers that were previously unattainable. Their dashboards help track ergonomic outliers and contact tracing/social distancing. The SC-based Wearable Technology Company Modjoul company serves industries including Manufacturing, Healthcare, Agriculture, Construction, Hospitality, Logistics, Retail, Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities. The presentation will include an overview of Modjoul (its history, platform, and results) and then a walkthrough of their dashboard highlighting their Risk Manager View, Supervisor View, Employee View, and their Elevate Textiles Dashboard.

We will leave time at the end to "virtually" network. We look forward to "seeing" you at this meeting.

Featured Past Events

Project Management: Is it a Science or Art?

January 12, 2021 @ NOON on Zoom

Presenter: Ashish Shah, CSI-IIE

Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) is a unique industry that requires a high focus on project management in order to achieve total success. In fact, failure of a single project can sink an entire company. There are thousands of businesses who rely on project management, and many of them do not survive due to the lack of expertise in this area. During Ashish’s 35 years of experience in the EPC world, he was fortunate enough to work for a company in the top quartile among EPCs. Based on his deep project management experience, this presentation will define project management, and the various processes, tools, and technologies that can make a company successful if executed properly.

We will leave time at the end to "virtually" network. We look forward to "seeing" you at this meeting.

South Carolina IISE / SHS Meeting

November 11, 2020 @ 5pm on Zoom

Presenter: Kevin Taaffe, Ph.D. and Vishnu Prabhu, Clemson

Over 46 million cases of infections and about a million deaths have been reported across the world since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease a pandemic. With hospital systems resuming their elective surgeries and going back to normal functioning places, specialty physicians as a high-risk target of the epidemic. Moreover, specialty groups, such as anesthesiologists, are among the most vulnerable groups as they are responsible for the patient's airway management and come in close contact with their nose and mouth. An agent-based simulation model was developed to test various staffing policies and interactions within the anesthesiology department of the largest healthcare provider in Upstate South Carolina. Results consistently show a reduction in the number of deaths, anesthesiologists not available to work, and the number of infected anesthesiologists when a no mixing shift policy segregates the anesthesiologists as teams and assigns them to a shift within a single hospital.

We will leave time at the end to "virtually" network. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself. You can also share challenges or successes you have encountered during these unprecedented times

Upstate IISE Virtual Lunch Meeting

June 18, 2020 @ NOON on Microsoft Teams

Presenter: Charles Mention, TFM Group

COVID has changed the world and our business environment. “Reopening” business from curtailed operations due to COVID-19 presents unfamiliar challenges. Typical crisis management or emergency response approaches will not work. Neither will ignoring business performance in deference to public health. Join us for a “Lunch and Learn” meeting where Charles will discuss a preferred path forward – using a measured management science approach and Industrial engineering techniques to provide concurrent growth and recovery.

We will leave time at the end to "virtually" network. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself, where you work, or let us know if you are looking for work. You can also share challenges or successes you have encountered during these unprecedented times.

Clemson IE Year-End Banquet

April 24, 2019 @ Madren Center

Congratulations to all the Clemson Industrial Engineers on their accomplishments this year. Jon Morgan and I had the honor of attending the Clemson IE Year End Banquet on April 24. What an impressive program and group of students. Of special note are the students who received awards. These include:

IE Academic Achievement:

• Sophomore: Liliana Martinez Ramirez
• Junior: Amanda Rickert
• Senior: Gabriella Guadagnino

Outstanding Junior: Marisa Shehan

Jim Chisman Outstanding Senior: Emily Huffer

Karen and Carl Lindenmeyer Award: Nathan Baugh

IISE Award of Excellence: Chase Evans

Elizabeth D. and Delbert L. Kimbler Award: Jennifer Byham

Janine Bowen '89 Undergraduate Scholar: Caroline Hickey

Janine Bowen '89 Graduate Fellow: Murwan Sidding

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant: Katie Jurewicz

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Ceyda Yaba

Student Memorial Award: Kylie Gomes

Student Development Award: Farhad Hasanknani

J. Wesley Davis Leadership Award: Jake Flynn

Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit: Morgan Witherspoon


Best wishes to all the graduates. Please join and stay in touch with your local IISE chapter. We look forward to hearing great things from you.

Professional Development Dinner Meeting

April 16, 2019 @ Hilton Greenville

Presenter: Jason Premo, Chairman of Premo Ventures, CEO of Acclaimed Advanced Manufacturing

Topic: “Managing Inventory Programs in a High Mix Product Environment Using Lean Flow, Kanban and Value Stream Analysis" (case study aerospace parts included)

Address: 45 W Orchard Park Dr, Greenville, SC 29615

Prysmian Plant Tour

February 26, 2019 (6:00pm) @ Prysmian Group Abbeville

Prysmian Group is a world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales exceeding $11 billion , about 30,000 employees worldwide, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. The Abbeville Facility is an ISO9001, and ISO14000 certified manufacturer of Low-Voltage, Medium Voltage, and Extra-High Voltage cables for the Energy and Infrastructure market. The facility is 420,000 sq ft and currently employs 357 people in Abbeville County.

Address: 569 Hwy 28 S, Abbeville SC, 29620

Dinner Meeting - Trade Wars and Its Implications on Supply Chain

November 13, 2018 @ Hilton Greenville, 6 p.m.

This is a combined meeting of the Upstate IISE, Palmetto ASQ, & APICS Industrial Crescent. Steve Fodor of Customs Services and Solutions will present on the timely topic “Trade Wars and Its Implications on Supply Chain.” His presentation will cover: the rapidly changing world of international trade, the impact of U.S. trade actions (Sections 232, 301 and more), steps an importer can take to protect their company and their bottom line, and a look into the future. There will be time for networking and open time for questions and answers

Steve Fodor is a licensed Customs Broker and is a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS). Steve is the owner of TradeLogic International, Customs Services & Solutions and Association for Trade Compliance – all focused on international trade, transportation and Customs Brokerage. Steve has taught classes covering all aspects of importing and regulatory compliance over the past 10 years. Steve is based in Atlanta but his client base spans the USA and several foreign companies. Steve provides consulting work in areas such as Harmonized Tariff (HTS) classification, CTPAT certification, regulatory audits and cost-savings analysis.

Quest Brewery Tour and Senior-Student Chapter Social

April, 2018 @ Quest Brewing Company

Come and hang out with us at Quest, near the downtown airport. Check out the brewery, eat some food and get to know your local IISE chapter members! There will be a band cranking up mid-evening, and we will be able to get the shorter “nickel tour” of the brewery if you haven’t seen that in the past. It’s a great location and nice staff!

Dinner Meeting - Center of Manufacturing Innovation

January, 2018 @ Logan's Roadhouse

This will be a combined meeting of the IISE and the ASM groups. Mr. David Clayton will discuss the vision and motivation for the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) and progress made in its first year of operation. Attendees will also learn about strategic partnerships formed with industry, details of their work with Clemson University, updates on academic and corporate training programs, and plans for the future. David will also cover services offered by CMI, including additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping and metrology services.

Dinner Meeting - Supply Chains and ISE in SC

As a featured speaker at our IISE Dinner Meeting, Dr. Scott Mason, Fluor Endowed Chair of Supply Chain Management at Clemson University Dept of ISE, presented on the topic "Supply Chains and Industrial & Systems Engineering in South Carolina". At the time, Dr. Mason was on a sabbatical from Clemson, working in conjunction with Amazon. He has since been selected as one of two Carolinians to serve on a nationwide committee that advises U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, beginning in June 2018.

ADEX Machining Technologies Tour

Jason Premo has graciously invited us to a tour of ADEX Machining Technologies facility in Greenville. ADEX MT is a world-class, precision machining operation, serving customers in the aerospace, defense and energy markets.

Most of you know Jason through IIE, and USCSCC already, and you are already anticipating that this will be one of the premier examples of excellence in manufacturing, processes, and continuous improvement. We are truly fortunate to be invited to tour ADEX MT, and I am sure it won’t be the last time, as there will certainly be dynamic changes to learn about in the future. Having said that, notice that the tour limit is 25 people; do NOT wait to respond for this tour, especially IIE and USCSCC officers!

Dark Corner Distillery Tour

This was a comibined group tour with APICS and IISE. It included a presentation on the process (since this is non-working distillery) on how whiskey is made, history of dark corner distillery, and each attendee will get to sample 6 different whiskeys and a souvenir shot glass. Two tours of 20 people each were held.

Dinner Meeting - Integrated Approach to Sales and Operations

This was a combined meeting with APICS featuring John Barth of Michelin. Michelin North America accounts for about one-third of Michelin's Worldwide Business. A $25B company of 120k employees worldwide, Michelin expands on the traditional S&OP Process through a series of functional meetings leading to the Executive S&OP: Demand Review, Supply Review, Pre S&OP, Financial Review, Executive S&OP, and Review KPIs, Presentation showed key points of each meeting, agenda topics, required participants as well as show how each business unit operates this cycle in parallel and how the data flows to Michelin Worldwide Teams.