Two industrial engineering students from MSOE placed in the top three in a technical paper competition. Seniors Andrew Anderson and Krystal Sombke took second and third place, respectively, in a competition held in conjunction with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers North Central Regional Conference at the University of Illinois-Chicago, February 23-25.

Both students presented papers based on their senior design projects. Anderson’s paper was entitled “Inventory Visibility Solutions for a Sheet Metal Manufacturer,” and Sombke’s paper, co-authored by Sean Mann, also a MSOE senior studying industrial engineering, was called “Pump Assembly Improvement Project.”

The IISE North Central Regional Conference is an annual three-day event that brings together between 200-300 participants in both industrial engineering academia and industry to socialize and exchange ideas. A total of 18 student chapters within the North Central region attended the conference.

The purpose of the paper competition is to encourage undergraduate students to write and present outstanding technical papers. Principal authors were required to make an oral presentation as part of the contest.