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 The 2018-19 officers of the IISE Penn State chapter: Front (L-R): Brady Bobbitt, Sophia Dyke, Pawornwan Thongmak, Alejandra Ayala; Back (L-R): Alejandro Salaverria, Aaron Meier, Gabriel Di Biase, Dongyoung Choi (Photo credit: Brady Bobbitt)
Student chapter wins fourth consecutive national industrial engineering award
by Miranda Buckheit
 The Penn State student chapter of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) has been honored with the organization’s Gold Award for the fourth consecutive year.
To determine award recipients, IISE rates each student chapter using the University Chapter Activity Report (UCAR). The UCAR scoring system allows student organizations to track their progress in order to make improvements for each academic year. The UCAR also makes it so the organization’s accomplishments can be publicly recognized.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards are awarded based on the number of UCAR points received by student chapters. The Gold Award is the highest honor in the professional organization’s University Chapter Recognition Program.
“Our mission for the year was to make new opportunities for members, but [to] still carry on the traditions of the organization,” said Brady Bobbitt, industrial engineering student and 2018-19 Penn State IISE student chapter president.
Some of the traditional activities planned by the chapter for Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering students include a career fair, a Six Sigma Greenbelt training, workshops with potential employers, an award banquet, and a family day. Members of the student chapter also attended the IISE regional annual conference and national annual conference.
Bobbitt also credits the organization’s win to the creation
of new events, such as Career Days 101, a collaboration with the National Organization of Business Engineering that provided students with opportunities to prepare for the career fair and interviewing process through a mentoring talk, recruiter panel, résumé review, mock interview, and a headshot photoshoot.
In addition, the group organized Consulting 101, a collaborative effort with Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society to provide students with a panel of consultants with varying backgrounds to give insights to the life of consulting. n

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