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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