Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering Inducts New Members, Honors Excellence

From left: John True, B.S.I.E.'03; Karen Standley, Honorary; Mandy Robinson, B.S.I.E.'04; Ashlea Bennett Milburn, B.S.I.E.'99; Cynthia Westcott, B.S.I.E.'03; Erica Taylor-Kelley, B.S.I.E.'04; and Jason Honeycutt, B.S.I.E.'04, M.S.I.E.'06.
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From left: John True, B.S.I.E.'03; Karen Standley, Honorary; Mandy Robinson, B.S.I.E.'04; Ashlea Bennett Milburn, B.S.I.E.'99; Cynthia Westcott, B.S.I.E.'03; Erica Taylor-Kelley, B.S.I.E.'04; and Jason Honeycutt, B.S.I.E.'04, M.S.I.E.'06.

Approximately 200 alumni, friends and campus partners gathered April 12 to induct seven new members into the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering and to honor several achievements during the preceding year.

The gathering was the organization's 33rd annual banquet.

The seven members inducted were recognized as distinguished graduates of the Industrial Engineering Department and for their sustained and outstanding contributions to the industrial engineering profession.

Inductees were:

  • Jason Honeycutt, B.S.I.E. 2004, M.S.I.E. 2006
  • Ashlea Bennett Milburn, B.S.I.E. 1999
  • Mandy Robinson, B.S.I.E. 2004
  • Erica Taylor-Kelley, B.S.I.E. 2004
  • John True, B.S.I.E. 2003
  • Cynthia Westcott, B.S.I.E. 2003
  • Karen Standley, retired emeritus staff member was recognized as an honorary member of the group.

The Academy also provides faculty and staff awards for outstanding performance. This year, the AAIE Faculty Member of the Year was, Assistant Professor, Kelly Sullivan. Sullivan has been recognized several times over the past year. He was one of seven CAREER award winners within the College of Engineering and he was recently selected as the 2019-20 John L. Imhoff Chair in Industrial Engineering.

The two staff awards were; Administrative Staff Member of the Year, Sandy Sehon and Carrie Pennington was the recipient of the Support Staff Member of the Year.

The AAIE provides a several scholarships each year for Industrial Engineering students, and this year was no exception, with the accumulated scholarship gifts totaling $100,000.  Also this year, the Academy's total scholarship endowment exceeded more than $2.4 million.

Several of the scholarship recipients participated in producing an IMPACT video explaining the impact the scholarship had on them and their families and thanking donors for their gifts.

Next year's banquet and induction ceremony are slated for April 24, 2020.

Contacts

Tamara Ellenbecker, website developer
Industrial Engineering
479-575-3157, tellenb@uark.edu

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering
479-575-5697, ndemoss@uark.edu

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