The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) at Virginia Tech (VT) has an engaged and thriving student chapter. Consisting of 179 members as of November 2016, IISE at VT has seen an 18% growth in student membership over the past year. During the fall semester alone, the chapter has held eleven professional development events, four social events, and a variety of other activities such as General Assembly Meetings, joint meetings with other student organizations, and community service outings. Furthermore, the VT chapter is the student chapter with the largest participation in collegiate certification course offered through IISE headquarters.

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification course

This fall, the chapter hosted a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification course with 127 attendees, all of whom successfully earned their certification. The chapter is proud to announce that two scholarships were awarded for students in need to take the certification course at no cost. In the spring, the chapter plans to host a Lean Certification course with a projected enrollment of 40 attendees and aims to provide one student scholarship for this course. 

Annual ISE Fall Bash

In addition to the professional offerings put on by the chapter, IISE at VT held its second annual ISE Fall Bash. This department wide social gathering for students and faculty allows friendly competition in different activities, enjoying conversation over food, and strengthening of the community within the ISE department. 

IISE Regional and National Conferences

In an effort to provide members with unique and beneficial opportunities, the chapter consistently strives to have a large chapter attendance at both the IISE regional and national conferences.  In May 2016, the IISE Annual Conference was held in Anaheim, CA at the Disneyland Resort and IISE at VT had twelve student members in attendance.  The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference will be held in February at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a chapter goal of sending 40 student members. The 2017 IISE Annual Conference will occur in May 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. Our goal is to send 30 student members.

IISE at VT is continuously looking for new events and engagements to provide to its student members. If you are interested in becoming involved at any level or would like to know more about what is occurring within the chapter, please email or check out the chapter website at