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ISE Department Celebrates the Past, Present and Future

Lehigh University Industrial and Systems Engineering Department 60th AnniversaryThe Industrial and Systems Engineering Department celebrated its 60th Anniversary on Thursday, April 16. The day’s events included an Open House, a panel discussion, the Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture, and banquet dinner.

The Open House consisted of tours of the Mohler Lab, poster sessions and demonstrations made by the ISE Department faculty and students. Following the open house, was a panel discussion about the past, present and future of the ISE field. The panel included John McGlade '76, '80G, President, CEO and Chairman of Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Deborah Halkins '83, Director of Management Engineering at Lehigh Valley Health Network, George Kledaras '87, founder of CecilRep and FIX Flyer, Stephen Senkowski '73, President of Armstrong World Industries and Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Lehigh University ISE - Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture SeriesJohn McGlade presented his talk “A Good Idea is Not Enough,” as part of the Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series. McGlade shared his experiences from the industrial engineering department and how it prepared him for his current role. According to McGlade, "...leadership skills or life skills are as important as the technical skills you are taught today. What can you begin today that will prepare you to survive and thrive through the inevitable twists and turns of life and your career? Graduating from Lehigh University is not the end of your education but rather a beginning; learning is a lifetime experience and leadership skills are critical -- a good idea is not enough."

McGlade joined Air Products in 1976 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program. He subsequently held various positions within the firm, and was named vice president and general manager for the Chemical and Process Industries, and Energy Systems Division in 1998 and the Performance Materials Division in 2001. In 2003 he became group vice president, Chemicals Group, and was appointed president and COO in 2006, president and CEO in October 2007, and Chairman of the Board in April 2008. A native of the Lehigh Valley, he serves on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council and is a member of the Society of Chemical Industry executive committee. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Lehigh and a member of the SteelStax leadership team.

Lehigh University ISE 60th Anniversary : Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture SeriesFollowing the lecture, guests attend a reception and the Banquet Dinner in Iacocca Hall. Dr. Emory Zimmers, founder of the Enterprise Systems Center was recognized for mentor Industrial and Systems Engineering students for over 35 years. Other awards that were honored that evening were the students of the year and faculty of the year, recognizing Dr. Mikell P. Groover as the first Ph.D. graduate of the department exactly 40 years ago.  The dinner program also included reminiscences from a selected group of alumni, one from each decade, including the 2010’s. The new Industrial and Systems Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award was also announced. John McGlade was rewarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for achievements in Industrial and Systems Engineering in industry and Dr. Gary Whitehouse '60, '62G, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for achievements in Industrial and Systems Engineering in academia.

Lehigh University ISE 60th Anniversary : Banquet Dinner in Iacocca HallA native of Trenton, New Jersey, Dr. Whitehouse was a former Lehigh faculty member in the Industrial Engineering Department from 1966 until 1978. He also served as Chair of UCF's Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department and Dean of UCF's College of Engineering. His interests include applied operations research, simulation, and computer applications. He has received a number of awards, including recognition as a Fellow from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Florida Engineering Society (FES), Western Electric’s Engineering Professor-of-the-Year Award in the Middle Atlantic States, the H. B. Maynard Innovative Achievement in Industrial Engineering Award from the IIE, and the outstanding IIE Publication-of-the-Year Award for his book dealing with computer applications for the industrial engineering field. In 2007 he received IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award for career achievement.

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