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UI plans September activities during "Iowa Industrial Engineering Month"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Although many people associate the month of September with football, students, staff and faculty at the University of Iowa College of Engineering are preparing to mark the month with a series of engineering-related activities, all because Gov. Terry Branstad recently proclaimed the month of September 1998 "Iowa Industrial Engineering Month."

According to Gary Fischer, UI associate professor of industrial engineering, activities organized by the three Iowa senior chapters and two university student chapters of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) will include:

* A Sept. 3 picnic by the Cedar Rapids Area and UI chapters at the Coralville Dam.

* A Sept. 15 IIE tour of Kinze Manufacturing by the Cedar Rapids Area, Central Iowa and Mississippi Valley chapters, followed by dinner at the Amana Barn Restaurant.

* Displaying posters describing Iowa Industrial Engineering Month in various industrial and public locations.

* Providing Iowa high school counselors with information about industrial engineering as a career choice.

Fischer says that the proclamation, which also resulted from the joint efforts of the IIE chapters, is an attempt to inform people of the great variety of activities that benefit from the efforts of industrial engineers. The proclamation describes industrial engineering as a profession that integrates "people, processes, information, and other resources to enhance global competitiveness in all segments of society" and industrial engineers as engineers who work in a wide range of jobs in "manufacturing, government, academia, health care, service industries, and not-for-profit agencies." Fischer adds that the Aug. 11 signing ceremony in Des Moines was attended by members of government agencies, commercial and private businesses, and academic institutions from across the state.