The chapter won second place in an IIE contest for its video on industrial engineering.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 20, 2015)—For the fifth consecutive year, UM’s Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Student Chapter, which has created two videos and hosted a Girl Scout Engineering Day to introduce high school students and young girls to engineering, has received the IIE’s Gold Award for overall achievements in 2014-15.
Comprised of 93 industrial engineering students and advised by Nina Miville, assistant professor in practice in Industrial Engineering, the chapter actively promotes the industrial engineering profession with numerous activities, including hosting the IIE regional conference three years ago, offering a Six-Sigma Certification Green Belt course to UM students and alumni for the past two years, and bringing as many as eight guest speakers to campus annually to introduce students to industry practices.
But one of the chapter’s most visible accomplishments is the annual Girl Scout Engineering Day, which has brought more than 100 girls from kindergarten through eighth grade to campus each of the past four years. As Miville notes, traditional “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” days are geared to high school girls, yet research shows that girls are behind if they don’t begin taking higher-level math and science in middle school. The chapter’s Girl Scout Engineering Day is designed, she said, to close that gap and let girls know in their critical younger years that STEM fields like engineering are, indeed, for girls, too.
Chapter members, who include more than 50 women, have not, however, overlooked high schoolers. They have produced two videos aimed at attracting high school students to the profession, including Industrial Engineering – A Way of Life, which took second place in IIE’s contest.
Chapter members also have placed second for three years in the Southeast Region IIE’s Technical Paper Competition and, for the past three years, have been invited to present papers on the chapter’s best practices to other students at the IIE’s International Annual Conference.
“Ultimately the goal and the focus of the IIE student chapter is to provide resources and programs to promote the profession of Industrial Engineering and to get the students ready for life after graduation,” Miville said. “I am very proud that our IIE student chapter has been recognized for fulfilling its mission.”