Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering professor elected as Technical Vice President of IISE

February 15, 2024

Associate professor and distinguished faculty member Brian Smith was recently elected as one of the technical vice presidents of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers.

“The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) is the professional organization of my field and has served me greatly throughout my career.  I began being engaged with IISE around 2009 as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas and have had various service and leadership roles with the Institute almost yearly since,” Smith said. “Being elected as technical vice-president is a great honor with great responsibility.  Service leadership positions such as this are often ‘what you make of them.’  I owe much of my professional success to the leadership opportunities and networking provided by IISE. I am committed to giving back and serving as best I can in this new and exciting role.”

The IISE stands as the premier professional organization for Industrial and Systems Engineers. Smith's election to the esteemed position of technical vice president is a testament to his dedication, expertise, and contributions to the field and reflects his commitment to excellence in industrial and systems engineering. According to IISE’s website, new officers are elected by IISE professional members and serve three-year terms beginning April 1.

“Dr. Smith being elected to this international position in the premier professional society is a major accomplishment, not only for Dr. Smith but for the ISE department, Bagley College of Engineering and MSU,” Kari Babski-Reeves, associate dean of the college and head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, said. “These high-profile service roles do a lot to raise the exposure and reputation of the programs and university and often require a significant time effort on the part of the faculty.  I am extremely appreciative of Dr. Smith’s willingness to take on this very important role and could not be prouder of his accomplishment.”

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international nonprofit association that provides knowledge, training, networking opportunities, and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of its members, customers, and the profession. For more information about IISE, visit

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By Camille Carskadon