On Sunday May 20, 2018, during the Council of Fellows meeting held the first day of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, PEER Vice President - John M. Corliss, Jr., P.E. - assumed the chairmanship of the Council. Mr. Corliss was elected to this position during the Council meeting at the 2016 conference. He then served as the 2016 - 2017 Scribe and 2017- 2018 Chair Elect before assuming the chairmanship this year. Outgoing chair Dr. Hamid Parsaei is a renowned professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX and Texas A&M University at Qatar where he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. At the end of the Council meeting, Dr. Parsaei introduced Mr. Corliss as his successor.
Members the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Council of Fellows are individuals that have distinguished themselves through research, leadership and service to the profession of industrial and systems engineering. The mission of the council is to assist IISE through counsel and development of new ideas that advance the impact and prestige of the industrial and systems engineering profession; and to advocate for the profession to outside constituencies. The Fellow award was established in 1950 to serve as the highest grade of membership in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and recognizes outstanding leaders that have made significant contributions nationally and/or internationally to the profession. Thus, the Council of Fellows consists of many of the most prominent members of the Industrial and Systems Engineering profession. The Council provides its members a peer-to-peer forum by removing geographical boundaries through exchange of information and discussion in various platforms. The Council engages in major efforts that further the profession through idea generation and project management and through these interactions ideas are generated that are brought to IISE’s Board of Trustees (BOT) for consideration and further action.
At the request of the BOT, the Council will form a working group to develop recommendations on how the Fellows can help improve the image of Industrial Engineering (IE) through positive communication in the non-IE community. The Council also formed a working group to investigate the development of regular nationally reported measures to support decision making by government and corporate leaders.