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IIE chapter reaches out to younger students

A woman and two men stand in front of a desk, on which sits an award certificate.

MU Institute of Industrial Engineers officers Maren Reinig and Luke Burns pose with the organization’s advisor, Professor James Noble, and the Gold Award the chapter received for its work over 2012.

Spreading the word about industrial engineering has been a major goal of MU’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers this past year. The group has focused heavily on recruitment and outreach.

Their efforts to promote industrial engineering among younger students, which included hosting the 2012 South Central IIE Regional Conference, earned the MU chapter its first Gold Award.

Organization leaders attended the freshman interest group barbecue at the beginning of fall semester, and more than 40 people attended the first meeting. In addition, the group created two new officer positions.

Members of IIE have volunteered with some of MU Engineering’s outreach events, including High School Weekend and CIA Weekend, which combines civil, industrial and aerospace engineers. Students job shadowed professionals on the job and participated in Mentor Day with the IIE professional chapter in Kansas City.

Two members traveled to the University of Houston in February for the 2013 South Central Regional Conference. They’ve also made submissions to the IIE’s student chapter 2013 YouTube Video Contest and registered a team in this year’s IIE/Arena Student Simulation Competition.