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Upcoming Events

TABLE OF CONTENTS Meeting Announcements


Alumni Feature


President’s Message


Chapter Activity Report


Student Corner


Member Activity Report


Professional Development Article


Chapter Officers


Riddle of the Month


Membership Activity Report


Alumni Feature: Angela (Johnson) Beckwith


I’m Angela (Johnson) Beckwith and I graduated 3 Feb Career Fair Tips and 9-10 am Resume Review by in May 2004 with my BSIE. I also have a degree in IIE Board Members

MSTM (May 2008, SDSM&T) and am Black Belt Certified in Lean Six Sigma. I currently work at U.S. Bank as an 11 or 12 Meeting for IIE Feb SDSMT Conference Industrial Engineer and Special Project Consultant. U.S. 6pm Registrars Bank is the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States with banking locations in 25 states. My role is an internal consultant which is interesting as I work with 13 Feb Burrito Sale 8-noon many different areas of the bank. 13 Feb 5-8pm

Dodge ball Tournament

6 March IIE Conference 5-7pm Registration opens at Hotel Alex Johnson

Industrial Engineering and financial institutions do not sound like they would go together, but you may be surprised. What I have experienced in the past 4 years at U.S. Bank is that the same tools that were developed for machines do apply to all processes. I have also found that there are a lot more “manufacturing” type areas of a bank than I ever thought possible.

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Continuation, Alumni Corner: Angela (Johnson) Beckwith The projects that I work on can vary: both in subject and timing. I can have a meeting with the Online Banking team and then turn around and have meetings with the team that provides statements to customers. The tasks that they do are so different, but they are all trying to achieve the same thing. They would all like their department to run more efficiently and in most cases, I use many of the same process improvement tools for both. However, the most interesting part of my job is that I am able to teach others about Lean and Six Sigma tools and show them the benefits that they provide to their team. I do this on individual projects and now lead large training seminars. A tip that I have for underclassmen would be to always remember that the people doing the work are the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and they know their process better than you can ever hope to. Take the time to listen to them and get their feedback as they can help you perfect the process and potentially influence Sr. Management just as well, if not better than you can.

President’s Message Welcome back from the winter vacation! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and the break from exams and papers alongside it. With the year 2014 underway, our IIE Regional Conference is leading the way for an exciting spring semester at the School of Mines. I encourage all of our students to become active this semester, as conference will provide an abundance of volunteer opportunities and chances to network with individuals from other schools or companies. For everyone involved in our chapter who hasn’t registered for a student membership yet, I highly encourage you to do so. A $35 fee entitles you to full membership as an IE student, and this cost also grants access to networking, conferences, scholarships, the IIE Career Center and even more. Additionally, registering as an IIE member is a requirement to become an officer for the Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 school year. A student membership, plus participation, is a great resume booster and opens a variety of doors for both career and academic prospects. To become a member, simply click on “Join Now” under the student membership option at I would like to personally thank everyone who made our 2013 such a great year – from our IIE officers and student members to our awesome advisors, Dr. Jensen and Dr. Piper, you guys helped make the past semester one of the best in recent history. Chapter activity has skyrocketed over the last few months, and 2014 looks to be full of even more activities, fun events, and professional opportunities. Let’s keep all of this excitement going as we prepare to host conference in March! Lastly, I would like to congratulate all of December graduates; thank you all for your service in this organization and for the friendships we’ve formed throughout the years. We wish you all the best of luck in your careers, and we hope that you continue to be a part of our organization in the future. Thanks again to everyone who’s been active within this organization this year, and I look forward to another semester with all of our members this spring! Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions to improve our student chapter. Remember to email us at if you have any questions, and like us on our Facebook page at Good luck on the upcoming exams, and enjoy the holidays! Benjamin Johnson, IIE President




Chapter Activity Report

RAPID CITY IIE REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2014 March 6th through 8th, 2014

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

REGISTRATION INFORMATION AT conferences/IIERegional/ Or follow on Facebook: SDSMTIIEConf

Welcome to 2014, IIE! This is truly going to be an exciting year for SDSMT IIE. We have a lot of fun activities ahead and can’t wait to share them! We are hosting this year’s IIE Regional Conference. There will be approximately 17 schools in attendance. The main purpose of holding a regional conference is host the Technical Paper Competition; this is a great way to showcase your technical writing, presentation skills, and really grow your professional network. The conference also will host the following activities: 

Professional Development Workshops

Social Activities: Bowling  and Human Foosball

Plant Tours

Career Networking

Guest Speakers to include Regional President Dan Thurry, Paul Elder, David Blecha, and more!

Pedal Tractor Manufacturing Race Mount Rushmore Banquet

Inquire about registering for conference now before it closes on February 6!

Special thanks to our sponsors for their monetary contributions to the IIE Regional Conference. This event would not take place without our great sponsors understanding that investing in students is investing in the future.

Thank you to our sponsors who are investing their time into our students professional growth. Those sponsors include: Strider Int’l, Polaris, and Evapco.




Chapter Activity Report Continued Before the new year kicked off, we experimented with our first IIE and SWE Game night in early December before finals week. There were at least 30 people who stayed up ate to play video games, eat food, and bonded with fellow students. The entire game night event wouldn’t have been as successful and fun without the contributions made by Dr. Jensen’s wife, Julie, for providing a fantastic dinner, and Dr. Jensen for helping organize the event. Please join us in upcoming IIE game nights. It is likely another one will be held before finals of the spring semester; we would like to make it a pot-luck meal so there should be a very good variety of food! Events that are upcoming are the Dodgeball tournament, open to all SDSMT Students; there will be prizes for the winners! That event is on Feb 13, between 5-8pm. Likely, there will be a burrito sale at the IIE building that morning from 8-noon! Come support IIE and get some yummy breakfast! We hope you’re as excited for this upcoming semester as we are. There’s a lot of great opportunities to get involved and start growing your professional network with alumni and business professionals. We will begin looking for candidates to replace the current IIE board members in the upcoming months, so if you think you are interested in stepping into a leadership role, then please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions. Thanks again, IIE! Kristy Rennick, IIE Communications Chair

Student Corner: Kelsey Barth Hello! I am a Junior Industrial Engineer who will be graduating in May, 2015. Along with my IEEM degree, I hope to obtain my safety minor and my Green Belt in Six Sigma. While completing my undergraduate, I am also starting my Masters in Engineering Management. In the past two summers, I interned at Whiting Oil and Gas, in my hometown of Dickinson, North Dakota and plan on going back there this summer. My first summer, I was a Health and Safety Intern. Some tasks I had were to go to the Whiting central tank batteries and perform a comprehensive safety inspection of each site and draw site security diagrams. With both tasks, I was responsible for inputting the data into the computer and write up anything not-up-to code, including things as simple as needing to raise the berm a couple of inches to be able to hold all of the liquids that were in the tanks to needing to replace the seal on the tanks because gas is being emitted from them; I found these leaks by using an, approximately $200,000, thermal imaging camera! My second summer, I was an Operations Intern. I was in charge of creating and carrying out a reclamation project. I created spreadsheets for each of the reclamation sites, was in charge of multiple contractors and ensured their work was completed as directed by contract. On a day-today basis, I could decide if I wanted to drive out to different sites in the reclamation program, with a company truck or an ATV! In this position I was able to get many bonds released which resulted in a lot of return money to Whiting. The best thing about working for Whiting is the trust that everyone had in me. I was able to hire contractors on my own, be in charge of these contractors, but yet there were always fellow employees to help me whenever I needed it. Every morning, before doing business and getting to the reason for the meeting, the employees would ask each other about their lives and build a relationship showing they cared. I also loved that I could go tour a drilling rig or sit in with an engineer tp have them explain to me what they were working on. People always took the time to teach me more about the oil industry. My advice for freshman would be to think outside the box. I never thought I would want to work in the oil industry but I actually love it so much I wish to get full time employment there. I would also suggest using your resources. My high school basketball coach helped me get my first internship, freshman year. So yes, you can get an internship now, the worst anyone can do is tell you no. You never know, maybe it will be the internship where you decide that’s what you want to do for the rest of your life.




Member Activity Report Several students in the last month of the fall semester were notified of being recipients of scholarships. Anne Christensen was presented scholarships from the Grace Foundation, Hormel Foods, Zimmerman Memorial, and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Special thanks to the Society in Women in Engineering, Minnesota chapter for selecting Anne for her Hormel Food Scholarship. As well, IIE Twin Cities Professional Chapter awarded Jeff Wientjes, Benjamin Johnson, and Kristy Rennick with scholarships for ongoing contributions to their local IIE student chapters, as well as their community involvement. Congratulations to all the scholarship awardees! Top Row: Jeff Wientjes, Anne Christensen. Bottom Row: Kristy Rennick, Benjamin Johnson

Professional Development: Making the Most of a Career Fair The Career Fair, held once a semester, is a great opportunity for students at all levels to explore career and internship/co-op opportunities. The goal of the student is to find out about suitable positions with potential employers, to obtain company and industry information, and to distribute resumes. Employers are looking to identify potential candidates for known or anticipated positions, to share information relative to their business, and to collect resumes. Keep in mind that typically the same recruiters come back to Mines each semesters! The most important thing to do before the Career Fair is prepare! Check the SDSM&T Gold Mine for the list of companies attending to Career Fair and what positions and majors they are interested in hiring. Your success at the Career Fair depends on how well you have prepared and on how well you communicate your interests and abilities to recruiters. Conduct preliminary research: Research every company that you are interested in and come with specific questions to ask the recruiters. Company websites are a great way to find out information in order to prepare for a face-to-face meeting. Bring plenty of resumes, pen and paper, and business cards if you have them. Have your resume proofread by the Career Center before the event. Do not forget to dress to impress! Prepare questions and an Elevator Speech. Be prepared to go into a "60 second summary" of who you are and what you have to offer an employer. Preparation, enthusiasm, and energy will get you noticed! Also, make sure that you are prepared to answer questions regarding your education, work experience, skills, and abilities, as well as ask intelligent questions about the company you are interested in. Speak clearly and concisely. Make sure that you can be heard above all of the noise! Do not let yourself be distracted when talking to an employer. Maintain good eye contact and focus on what is being said. Manage your time well so that you are able to see all of the employers you are interested in. Remember that you may have to wait in line for some employers. Avoid Common Mistakes:  

Inappropriate dress. Dress professionally and conservatively. Failure to do background research on participating companies. Have a few notes on each company ready in a folder and review them before speaking to the recruiter  Running out of resumes. Bring plenty! 30 copies is a good number.  Not having a plan of attack. Retrieve the floor plan ahead of time and highlight the companies you want to visit and their location.  Failure to show enthusiasm. Be positive and upbeat!  Follow up with a thank you letter or email. Write down the name of the recruiter you spoke with. If you participate in an interview, always send a short email or letter thanking them for the opportunity and highlight some key points you enjoyed from the interview. Information taken from :

Article contributed by Jeff Wientjes, Treasurer





Riddles of the Month

Chapter Officers

Riddles of the month:

2013-2014 Officers President: Benjamin Johnson Vice President: Zach Boyd Secretary: Abigail Salkowski Membership Chair: Cody Kopriva Treasurer: Jeff Wientjes Fundraiser Chair: Brianna Dodge Communications Chair & Newsletter Editor: Kristy Rennick

I can run but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. What am I?

You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

Submit answers to

Each correct answer is one entry into the drawing! Prizes range from a free IIE T-shirt or laser engraved stein/mug! One winner monthly will be chosen randomnly. Previous entries will remain in the pot for subsequent monthly drawings.

To get your story featured, contact Kristy at

Last Month’s Riddle:

What goes around the world but stays in a corner? A Stamp!

I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I? A Sponge!

February’s random winner is Anne Christensen! All previous correct responders are still in the running for next months drawing! The pot will reset in Fall 2014!

Membership Report The SDSM&T IIE Chapter would like to personally welcome the following new recruits: 

Laura Case

Traci Gibson

Nicholas Limoges

Kailer Selby

Hamza Boutayeb

Ryan Whittle

Konor Klaus

Jessica Banuelos

Krista Showalter

Thank you both for your interest and participation in the events of the chapter; it is a great opportunity to network with peers and develop your professional skills. Take some time to look into the chapter events and look for opportunities to help out your fellow students and organization, as it is a great chance for personal growth and to gain valuable leaderships skills! If there are any questions about where or how to sign up, contact Cody Kopriva at for further information.

Some of the Newest IIE Recruits, from left to right: Kailey Selby, Sophomore; Traci Gibson, Junior; Konor Kulas, Sophomore; Laura Case, Junior; Jessica Bauelos, Junior.