Kettering student chapter wins grant

By Website Administrator | Jan 13, 2006

Kettering University's A-section student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers won a Chapter Development Grant of $1,000 to support initiatives that focus on membership recruitment and retention.

Kettering University's A-section student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers won a Chapter Development Grant of $1,000 to support initiatives that focus on membership recruitment and retention.

Friday, Jan. 20, the Kettering A-section chapter will utilize funding from this grant to support a lecture featuring Bill Tolo, an industrial engineer employed by Marshall Fields in Minneapolis, Minn. Tolo is an accomplished engineer who is also active in the Society of Work Science and in the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He will speak to Kettering students about non-traditional applications of an engineering degree in the 1-817 of the Academic Building at 12:20 p.m. All students may attend the lecture and lunch will be available.

A number of students played important roles in securing the Chapter Development Grant, including student Aaron Leech and Chapter Adviser Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris '88. Current e-members of the chapter board include students Michelle Ross, president; Paul Durkee, vice president; Heidi Clark, treasurer; and Aaron Leech, secretary.

"I am very proud that the IIE students received this grant," Caris '88 said, adding that the IIE student officers "have leadership skills that are exemplary and I enjoy being their adviser. The grant money and the prestigious guest speaker coming to campus are good examples of how the initiative of a few students can make a positive difference for many."

As a grant winner, Kettering's A-section chapter must implement proposed activities and maintain detailed records on activity result. All student chapters may apply for this grant funding, but priority is given to those chapters that encounter issues such as retention and recruitment. Since Kettering University students rotate between 11-week courses and 11-week cooperative education work terms with more than 600 corporate employers, maintaining consistency in recruitment efforts and retention is difficult. However, this grant will enable the Kettering chapter to support activities geared toward recruiting new members and retaining current members though professional activities and events. The IIE will aggregate the results to identify those with the potential for success among other chapters.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers is the world's largest professional society dedicated to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, non-profit association that provides leaderships for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

Written by Gary J. Erwin
(810) 762-9538
gerwin@kettering.edu