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Program + Speakers

FridayFeb. 24


2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Baker Center Ballroom

Registration & Hotel Check-In

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Southeastern Ohio Food Bank

Tour of Southeastern Ohio Food Bank

Meet at Southeastern Ohio Food Bank, 1005 C I C Dr., Logan, OH 43138


7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Baker Center Ballroom

Conference Registration, Networking Meet & Greet

Refreshments Provided


SaturdayFeb. 25


8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Baker Center Ballroom


8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Baker Center Ballroom

Welcome Address:

Robert Judd, Ph.D.
Chair, Russ College Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Opening Keynote:

Felipe Aros-Vera, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Russ College Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


10:00 - 11:00 a.m. TBA

Breakout session 1

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. TBA

Breakout session 2

12:10 - 1:10 p.m. Baker Center Ballroom

Lunch Keynote:

Southeastern Ohio Food Bank


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Group Activities

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Baker Center 240

Career Fair and Professional Development Activities

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Baker Center Honors Collegium

Networking Reception

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Baker Center Ballroom

Formal Dinner
Dinner Keynote:


IISE Organizational Update:

Michael Foss
President, IISE Board of Trustees

Awards and final remarks


Portrait of Felipe Aros-Vera, Ph.D.

Felipe Aros-Vera, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

His research spans the fields of disaster relief logistics, transportation, and urban logistics. Before joining Ohio University, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His expertise includes transportation operations and planning, operations research, mathematical optimization, and computer programming.

Aros-Vera’s work has been published in prestigious journals such as European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), and Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. He has participated in several research and applied research projects including: Park and Ride Facility Location in New York City, Integrative Freight Demand Management in the New York City Metropolitan Area, and Cyber Enabled Discovery System for Advanced Multidisciplinary Study of Humanitarian Logistics for Disaster Response.

Aros-Vera holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from RPI, and an M.S. and B.S. in Engineering Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Portrait of José Holguín-Veras, Ph.D.

José Holguín-Veras, Ph.D., is William H. Hart Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He is the recipient of the 2013 White House’s Transportation Champion of Change Award, the 1996 Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award, and the 2001 National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, among many others. He is the most widely published and cited freight researcher in the world, according to Google Scholar.

His research interests are in the areas of freight transportation and disaster response logistics. He is in numerous leadership positions at professional organizations, public sector agencies, and leading journals. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996, an M.Sc. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1984, and a B.Sc. from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in 1982.

Portrait of Jennifer Burk

Jennifer Burk has more than 20 years of experience within supply chain management and expertise in network design, managed transportation, dedicated transportation, and facility design.

She is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business with a double major in transportation logistics and marketing. She has experience in the development of projects within consumer, retail, life science, auto, and technology sectors. Her experience includes managing projects for DHL from pursuit through implementation as well as supporting re-engineering efforts. Her responsibilities include interviewing customers in order to validate profiles, gain understanding of their current logistics operations, and identify areas of opportunity.

Portrait of Michael Foss

Michael Foss joined Amazon in January 2016 and is the head of Logistics Optimization, Compliance & Controls for Amazon Transportation Services (ATS).

He works to add business controls and self-checklists to optimize logistics in ATS. Prior to Amazon, he was the global director of logistics, export, and import optimization for Cameron International. He was responsible for setting the global strategic vision and optimizing Cameron’s and its third party logistics provider’s performance to improve the customer experience and cycle time and to reduce overall costs. Prior to Cameron, Foss was the vice president of logistics at Weir Oil and Gas, where he led a team of 200+ employees in multiple locations responsible for warehousing, distribution, kitting, and global transportation. He also spent nearly 20 years with FedEx across four operating companies (FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Office, and FedEx Corporation). During his career with FedEx, he held many roles focused on operational planning and continuous improvement.

Foss is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and has served IISE for many years. He is the current president of the Board of Trustees.

In 2015, Foss was admitted into the global Council of Industrial and Systems Engineers (CISE). The 20 council members comprise ranking executives with extensive experience in industrial and systems engineering and serve as an advisory group to academia and the profession. Foss is passionate about leadership, motivation, and continuous improvement.