ISE Banquet 2011

Thank you for attending the ISE Banquet 2011 and Dr. Mikell Groover's Retirement Celebration!
To see pictures from the event, please click here.

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Events Schedule
ISE Banquet 2011 & Dr. Mikell Groover Retirement Celebration
Thursday, April 28th, 2011

  • Spencer C. Schantz Lecture 3:00 p.m. :
    Leon F. McGinnis, Ph.D. PE
    Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and Professor
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Cocktail Reception 5:00 p.m. :
    Iacocca Hall - Siegel Gallery
  • Banquet Dinner 6:00 p.m. :
    Iacocca Hall - Wood Dining Room

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Send Dr. Groover a Greeting

Please send your stories, thoughts, photos, notes of thanks and best wishes to Dr. Groover for inclusion in the program booklet before Friday, April 1, 2011.

Please send your greetings to Communications Specialist, Abby Barlok at aeb213-at-lehigh-dot-edu or to

Mikell Groover Lehigh University
Mohler Lab
Attn: Amanda Fabrizio
200 W. Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015


Dr. Groover graduated from the Lehigh mechanical engineering department in 1961. He then continued on to receive his Master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1966 and then received the first Ph.D. of the department in 1969. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the above topic areas and is the recipient of several Lehigh University and national teaching awards. His book, Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing: Materials, Processes, and Systems (Prentice Hall, 1996) won the 1996 IIE Joint Publishers Book of the Year Award. The 2nd edition of his book Automation, Production Systems, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, was published in June 2000. Dr. Groover's most recent book, Work Systems and the Methods, Measurement, and Management of Work was published in spring of 2006.

Dr. Groover served as the Director of the George E. Kane Manufacturing Technology Laboratory. He has been the principal investigator and contract administrator for research contracts sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Ben Franklin Partnership Program in Pennsylvania, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and several industrial corporations. Dr. Groover has taught courses and has engaged in research in the areas of manufacturing processes, metal cutting theory, automation, production systems, robotics, material handling, operations management, and agile manufacturing. He joined the faculty in 1966 after several years in industry and retired in December 2010.

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Spencer Schantz Lecture

Leon McGinnis Leon F. McGinnis, Ph.D. PE
Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Lecture
3:00 p.m. - Sinclair Auditorium

Title: Industrial Engineering—Quo Vadis? One Man’s Idiosyncratic View of His Profession


Industrial engineering was born in the work of F. W. Taylor at the Midvale Steel Company, and grew under the moniker of “scientific management.” Peter Drucker famously ascribed much of modern economic prosperity to the success of Taylor and those who followed. Today, IE is a rapidly growing profession in the developing world, but there are troubling signs of professional decline here in the US. This talk will sketch a history of IE, an assessment of where we are today, and some conjectures about our future. Running through the talk is an attempt to answer the question: “What is it that we, as IEs, really do?” A successful and sustainable profession must have a clear and shared answer to that question. I will suggest an answer, and identify some challenges the answer implies.


Leon McGinnis holds the Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems at Georgia Tech. He received the BSIE from Auburn University, and the MSIE and PhD from North Carolina State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia.

Dr. McGinnis is a leader in developing and administering industry-focused and interdisciplinary education and research programs at Georgia Tech. He helped to establish the Material Handling Research Center in 1982. He also helped to establish the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS) Program, which received a LEAD Award from ASME for excellence in graduate-level interdisciplinary manufacturing education. He served as CIMS Director from 1988 to 1998. Dr. McGinnis is the founding Director of the Keck Virtual Factory Lab, serves as Associate Director of the Manufacturing Research Center (MRC), and was instrumental in the establishment of the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute within the MRC.

In his research, Dr. McGinnis investigates the problems arising in the description, analysis, and design of discrete event logistics systems, which include, for example, warehouses, factories, and global supply networks. His work always involves the integration of computational tools for description and analysis, and the creation of formal models of system structure and behavior. Dr. McGinnis has authored over 20 books, co-authored 17 book chapters, has 70 referred archival publications, and has written hundreds of conference papers.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers has recognized Dr. McGinnis with the Outstanding Publication Award, the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award, and the Fellow Award. He has also received the Reed-Apple Award from the Material Handling Education Foundation.

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2011 Distinguished Alumn

Irwin Young ’50

Irwin Young

Irwin W. Young, Chairman of the Board of DuArt Film Laboratories, Inc. and President of Western Broadcasting Corp of Puerto Rico (WOLE-12), was voted the 15th recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000, which is awarded to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry”. A pillar of the New York film community, Young helped bring numerous independent films to the screen through DuArt. As a producer himself, some of the award winning films he was responsible for are CAUGHT in 1995, AMERICAN ME in 1992, ALAMBRISTA, winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 and, in 1964, NOTHING BUT A MAN, which was a double prizewinner at the Venice Film Festival and was selected for the National Film Registry, Library of Congress.

In 1979, the Academy honored Young, Paul Kaufman and Frederick Schlyter from DuArt with a Technical Achievement Award for the development of a computer-controlled paper tape programming system and its application in the motion picture film laboratory.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) awarded him its Progress Medal in 1987. He also is the recipient of the New York State Governor's Arts Award, and the Independent Feature Project's First Annual Gotham Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kodak Award for Excellence, and the DGA Honors, recognizing leadership in the film and television industry.

An active member of numerous organizations, Young served as President and Board Member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Board Member of the Independent Feature Project and an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers. In addition, Young is a Life Fellow and past President of SMPTE, was a three time President of the Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories, Chairman and Board Member of The Moving Image, Inc, a Fellow of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the New York State Council of the Arts.

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Special Accommodations

If you will need special accommodations during your travel and/or stay in the Lehigh Valley, please call Communications Specialist, Amanda Fabrizio at 610-758-2986 or email

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Special Hotel rates for the ISE alumni will be available at:

  • Comfort Suites, Bethlehem, 120 W. Third Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015 Phone: 610-882-9700
  • Mention the Lehigh ISE to receive the special blocking price.
  • Please make your reservations BEFORE April 22, 2011 to receive the special $89 rate!

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Driving Directions & Maps

For directions on how to get to Lehigh University, please click here.

Click the link for the map of Asa Packer Campus.
Sinclair Auditorium's (#7 on the map) entrance is located off of Asa Drive. Recommended parking during the Spencer Schantz Lecture is the Asa Drive garage (#002 on the map) or street parking.

Click the link for the map of Mountain Top Campus.

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