Every year, hundreds of Industrial and Systems Engineering students from universities across Canada meet in one place. The IISE national conference is hosted by a different university each year and professionals from the Industry are also invited.
Students have the opportunity to attend different lectures and seminars given by professionals with experience in the field, as well as plant tours at local companies. Language is never a barrier for education as all seminars are translated to either French or English. Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their engineering skills through various competitions. These competititons include a technical paper, a case competition where students visit a workplace and have a few hours to solve a problem, and even a six sigma competition! The 4 days also include numerous social events such as the opening ceremony, a wine and cheese, and the banquet.
The IISE national conference is a great place for students to meet other students. Meeting with other industrial engineers tightens the bond across Canada and gives the discipline an identity and culture. It is also the best setting to meet professionals and potential employers. During seminars, display booth sessions, and at the wine and cheese, students interact and exchange information with representatives from different companies. Many even end up with internships!
Concordias delegation is usually one of the biggest and the loudest! We take pride in our high level of participation as well as our ability to have fun! These two factors have won us the ‘Golden I’ trophy in 2011 and 2012. The ‘Golden I’ gets bigger every year since the winning university adds something interesting to it that represents the delegation. In 2011, Concordia also received the Robert F. Moore award, given to the best managed student chapter.
This year, the conference is being hosted by University of Waterloo. The conference will be held from the 21st to the 24th of January 2016.
More information on this years conference can be found here.
If all that isn’t enough to convince you, then you must be there to see for yourself. Sign up! You won’t regret it.