Eileen Van Aken has been named the 2019-20 chair-elect of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). Van Aken is the Department Head of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, as well as a professor within the department.

CIEADH is comprised of the leaders of industrial engineering programs nationwide. As a part of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), CIEADH works to encourage interest in fields surrounding industrial engineering and to further discussion between the educational leaders in the field.

As the chair-elect, Van Aken will serve under this year’s CIEADH chair, Linda Ng Boyle, from the University of Washington. Following the 2019-20 term, Van Aken will assume the role of overall chair for the 2020-21 council.