u. s. Great Lakes Region

Welcome to the IISE U.S. Great Lakes Region Web page

If you are one of the more than 1,200 IISE members anywhere in the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Michigan, then you are in the right place. Our vision is to use this site as a clearinghouse for the IE-related information and opportunities throughout the region, especially to reach out to our many members who are outside of the service area of our professional chapters. Help us make this site a value-added benefit for our region's members.

Regional Vice President - Lee Wells  

Lee WellsDr. Lee Wells is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering & Engineering Management at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, MI. Along with his wife and 7 year old son, Lee lives in nearby Portage, MI, which is a mere 30 miles from his southwest Michigan hometown of Allegan. Lee’s academic career began at Michigan Technological University (MTU) where he received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating with his master’s degree, Lee left MTU to pursue his Ph.D. in Industrial and System Engineering at Virginia Tech (VT).

After receiving his Ph.D. in 2013, Lee remained at Virginia Tech to serve as the director of VT’s Center for High Performance Manufacturing. Within this role, he collaborated heavily with VT’s Office of Economic Development, Virginia’s Manufacturing Extension Partner, and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. As a result, Lee has had the opportunity to work with dozens of manufacturing firms, both large and small, on numerous projects that focused on transitioning the universities cutting-edge research from theory to practice. In addition to working with industry, during his time at VT, Lee was also involved in the entrepreneurial community and was a co-founder of a start-up business. In 2015, Lee had the opportunity to return to southwest Michigan to join the WMU faculty.

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U.S. Great Lakes Region

Indiana, Kentucky 
Michigan, Ohio

This region includes four professional chapters:

  • Columbus, Ohio (Ohio's Virtual Chapter)
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan(Michigan's Virtual Chapter)
  • Louisville, Kentucky

There are IISE student chapters at 19 colleges and universities in the region:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Kettering University - Section A
  • Kettering University - Section B
  • Oakland University  
  • Ohio State University 
  • Ohio University 
  • Purdue University - Calumet Campus 
  • Purdue University  North Central
  • Purdue University - West Lafayette 
  • University of Cincinnati 
  • University of Dayton 
  • University of Louisville 
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn 
  • University of Toledo 
  • Wayne State University 
  • Western Michigan University
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University