The national charter of the Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu (APM) has awarded Virginia Tech first place with the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for 2017-18.  

The annual award is presented to the student chapter that shows an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, and involvement in the university and community.  Selection is based on member activities that are for the overall betterment of the industrial engineering field and toward the betterment of the national society. The prize includes a large plaque for the chapter.

The 2017-18 officers included Lisa Jordan (President), Kiran Bagalkotkar (Vice President), Matthew Anama, Tanvee Badheka,  Grant Glowacki, Max Guzinski, Juliana Kreuscher, Max MacCrate, Leah Rosso, Liza Salhoub, Anjali Shingala, and Sophia Ulman.  The Chapter’s faculty advisor is Dr. Kimberly P. Ellis, associate professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.  

“Among the highlights of the chapter activities, the officers collaborated with the ISE Emerging Leaders Board of recent alums, to start the new ISE Alumni-Student Mentorship Program,” said Ellis. “Through this program, ISE students have the unique opportunity to engage in one-on-one mentoring and communication with ISE alums.  Alpha Pi Mu members also continue to coordinate the ISE Mentoring Program, which pairs upper-class and under-class students together to foster a mentoring relationship.  The chapter also hosted social events to facilitate interactions between the mentors and mentees.”

The current student chapter president of APM is Kiran Bagalkotkar.  “I am ecstatic to see that our chapter received the APM Outstanding Student Chapter Award”, said Bagalkotkar.  “We have phenomenal support from our department and faculty, as well as very passionate student members and officers. We work really hard to ensure ISE is represented well and active in the community, and it is such an honor to receive this accomplishment.”

Alpha Pi Mu now has Chapters in almost every major university with an accredited industrial and engineering program. There are currently 68 active chapters with over 38,000 members.