Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for various sections of the Annual conference. Keynotes for the 2022 conference are held Sunday, May 22, through Tuesday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m.

Pinar KeskinocakPinar Keskinocak

William W. George Professor and Chair in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Tech

Pinar Keskinocak is the William W. George Professor and Chair in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech and an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is the co-founder and director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech.

Pinar's main research areas include infectious disease modeling (including Covid-19, malaria, Guinea worm, pandemic flu, polio), evaluating intervention strategies, and resource distribution; process improvement for healthcare delivery; disaster preparedness, response, recovery; logistic and supply chain management. She has collaborated on projects with companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and healthcare providers including American Red Cross, CARE, Carter Center, CDC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, and Task Force for Global Health.

Pinar's research has appeared in several leading academic journals in the fields of industrial engineering and operations research as well as medicine and public health.

She is an INFORMS Fellow and served as the 2020 president of INFORMS. She has also served on the editorial boards of several journals.


Alexis DePreeAlexis DePree

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Nordstrom Inc.

Alexis DePree was named executive vice president of Supply Chain for Nordstrom in January of 2020 and elevated to the company’s executive team in January 2021. She supports the company’s supply chain operations, transportation & logistics, network planning & flow, supply chain planning & performance and supply chain engineering organizations. Alexis and her team are focused on ensuring that Nordstrom’s supply chain is capable of delivering differentiated experiences to our customers through service and convenience – both today and into the future.

Throughout her career, Alexis has led critical, enterprise-wide businesses through strong collaboration, qualitative and quantitative decision-making and engaging talent management. She is passionate about solving the complex problems that face supply chains focused on evolving to meet the future of customer-focused fulfillment.

Prior to Nordstrom, Alexis spent almost four years with Amazon as a vice president in two different roles. In her first role with Amazon she had responsibility for Global Supply Chain Planning, Global Supplier Operations and Amazon Business Supply Chain. In 2017, Alexis transitioned to lead the Americas Sort Center network which included over 45 sites across North America responsible for injecting billions of packages into the last mile carrier network. She also led a planning organization to optimize for end-to-end package flow to achieve strong delivery and financial performance.

Alexis was previously with Target Corporation from 2007 to 2016 where she held a variety of positions with increasing leadership across supply chain. In her last role she led an organization comprised of fulfillment strategy & operations, supply chain analytics, network strategy, and engineering & facilities to optimize Target’s supply chain to support in-store and direct-to-customer fulfillment. Prior to Target, Alexis was with Dell Computer in Austin, Texas, for four years. She held roles in supplier management, new services development and customer service management.

Alexis holds an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has been an active participant in the Retail Industry Leaders Association and is an enthusiastic speaker on supply chain and women’s leadership. Outside of work, Alexis is married with three young children.


Gabriel BurnettGabriel Burnett

Chief Engineer of Industrial Engineering
Director of the Industrial Engineering Organization
The Boeing Company

Gabriel Burnett is the Chief Engineer of Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Industrial Engineering Organization for The Boeing Company. He provides functional leadership for Boeing’s nearly 2,000 industrial engineers and oversees the industrial engineering workforce, technology vision, and growth strategy.

As the top industrial engineering leader within Boeing, Gabriel drives industrial engineering excellence into product design, manufacturing, delivery, and support. As part of his role, he assures safety, quality, and integrity in every part of the industrial engineering function. He is committed to elevating technical excellence, shaping the IE technical roadmap, developing, applying, and curating industry leading best practices, accelerating adoption of Model Based engineering, and guiding a long-term global strategy to build the best industrial engineering capabilities at Boeing sites throughout the world.

Gabriel’s passion for industrial engineering has helped transform Boeing’s use of leading-edge IE skills and knowledge. He works closely with academia and industry partners to advance state of the art tools and approaches that can help build strength in the industrial engineering field. He is also a fierce advocate for people development and leads the way in workforce development at all levels.

Gabriel has published numerous technical papers and conference proceedings and is a recognized expert in the field of industrial engineering. He holds four patents in the area of manufacturing technology and analytics, and was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering program.

Gabriel holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from Penn State University. He has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar and spent a year conducting research in mathematical modeling in affiliation with the Technical University of Denmark.